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Contador pulls out of Beijing race with injury

MILAN (AP) Alberto Contador will miss the season-ending Tour of Beijing with a knee injury, ensuring that fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde will finish the season as the world's top-ranked cyclist. Contador crashed in the final 250 meters of Sunday's Il Lombardia, allowing Valverde - who finished second - to leapfrog his rival in the WorldTour standings. On Monday, Contador...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Michal Kwiatowski wins road race at cycling world championships

  Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships on Sunday. Catching the race favorites eying one another, Kwiatkowski slipped away from the peloton near the end to join a breakaway group of four riders and didn't stop, staying ahead of the chasers on the final descent. The 24-year-old Kwiatkowski...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Kwiatkowski of Poland wins road race world title

PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships Sunday. Kwiatkowski slipped away from the peloton to join a breakaway group of four riders and didn't stop, staying ahead of the chasers on the final descent. Kwiatkowski won the 254.8-kilometer (158.3-mile) ride in six and...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Some things to know about the cycling worlds

MADRID (AP) With the grand tours over and done with, it's time to get ready for the road cycling world championships. Many of the biggest names in the sport - including Fabian Cancellara, Cadel Evans, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Bradley Wiggins - will be in Spain next week to compete in a variety of races around Spain's hilly landscape of El Bierzo, northwest of...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde agrees to 3-year deal to stay with Movistar team

  Alejandro Valverde has agreed to a new contract with Movistar that will keep the Spanish rider on the team for the next three years. The 34-year-old Valverde has raced for Movistar during nine of his 12 years as a professional. This season, Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place and the Spanish Vuelta in third. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009. He says, ''...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde signs new 3-year contract with Movistar

MADRID (AP) Alejandro Valverde has agreed to a new contract with Movistar that will keep the Spanish rider on the team for the next three years. The 34-year-old Valverde has raced for Movistar during nine of his 12 years as a professional. This season, Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place and the Spanish Vuelta in third. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009. He says,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Aru wins Vuelta's 18th stage, Contador still leads

MONTE CASTROVE, Spain (AP) Fabio Aru of Italy surged to win the Spanish Vuelta's hilly 18th stage on Thursday, while Alberto Contador kept the leader's red jersey with three stages remaining. Chris Froome finished one second behind, gaining time overall, and Alejandro Valverde came third 13 seconds behind. Froome, who charged up the category-2 Monte Castrove ascent with...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Navarro wins 13th Spanish Vuelta stage

OBREGON, Spain (AP) Daniel Navarro of Spain surged forward and hung on to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta while countryman Alberto Contador kept the overall leader's red jersey on Friday. Navarro finished the 189-kilometer (117-mile) mountainous ride from Belorado to Obregon two seconds ahead of Daniel Moreno and Wilco Kelderman. Contador fended off several charges...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

John Degenkolb wins 12th Spanish Vuelta stage

LOGRONO, Spain (AP) John Degenkolb of Germany timed his sprint perfectly to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta as Alberto Contador retained the overall lead on Thursday. Degenkolb just beat Tom Boonen and Jacopo Guarnieri to the line after a largely flat 166-kilometer (103-mile) race in and around Logrono. Matthias Krizek broke free of the peloton in the first lap and established...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Aru of Italy wins 11th stage of Spanish Vuelta

SANTUARIO DE SAN MIGUEL DE ARALAR, Spain (AP) Fabio Aru of Italy won the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday while Alberto Contador hung on to the overall race leader's red jersey. Nairo Quintana, one of the race favorites, had to withdraw with a broken shoulder blade after crasing just 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the stage, his second fall in two days. Aru, a 24...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nairo Quintana's hopes of Vuelta win dashed by crash

  Nairo Quintana's hopes of winning his second grand tour this year took a heavy blow when he crashed and lost valuable minutes in the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday. Taking a downhill curve too fast, the Giro d'Italia winner chose a bad line and could not pull out in time, hitting the guard rail and flipping over to slam onto the edge of the road. Movistar staff arrived quickly...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Quintana takes Vuelta lead, Anacona wins 9th stage

ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain (AP) Nairo Quintana took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta from Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde on a rainy and mountainous ninth stage won by Winner Anacona of Colombia on Sunday. Anacona, riding for Lampre Merida, separated from a large breakaway group before finally shedding Bob Jungels and then Javier Moreno on the final ascent of the 185...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bouhanni wins 8th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

ALBACETE, Spain (AP) Nacer Bouhanni of France won a windy eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Alejandro Valverde kept the overall leader's red jersey. Bouhanni sprinted ahead of the pack and dipped his bike to the left at the last second to hold off Michael Matthews, who was about to overtake him at the finish line. It was the FDJ.fr rider's second stage...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

De Marchi wins 7th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

ALCAUDETE, Spain (AP) Alessandro de Marchi of Italy pulled away from a small breakaway group to win an accident-filled seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Alejandro Valverde maintained the overall lead. Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome fell early in the stage and cut his right hip, but he managed to get back on his bike and finished strong, shaving a...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde of Spain wins 6th Vuelta stage

LA ZUBIA, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain surged forward to win the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and take the overall lead on Thursday. The 31-year-old Movistar rider climbed to the finish line in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 27 seconds, just ahead of Christopher Froome of Britain and Spain's Alberto Contador, who both finished in the same time. Valverde takes the overall...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

John Degenkolb wins fifth stage of Spanish Vuelta

  German rider John Degenkolb timed his final sprint perfectly to win a sunny fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Team Giant-Shimano rider broke free from the pack with 600 meters to go and crossed the line in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 47 seconds, just ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland who were on the same time. It was the second successive Vuelta...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spanish Vuelta Results

CORDOBA, Spain (AP) Results Tuesday from the fourth stage of the 69th Spanish Vuelta, a 164.7 kilometer (102 mile) ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba (rider, country, team, time): 1. John Degenkolb, Germany, Team Giant-Shimano, 4 hours, 2 minutes, 55 seconds. 2. Vicente Reynes, Spain, IAM Cycling, same time. 3. Michael Matthews, Australia, Orica GreenEdge, same time. 4. Damiano...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

John Degenkolb of Germany wins 4th Vuelta stage

CORDOBA, Spain (AP) German rider John Degenkolb outsprinted Vicente Reynes and race leader Michael Matthews to win a hot, sunny fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday. Degenkolb, who rides for Team Giant-Shimano, surged past Matthews and Reynes in the final kilometer of the hilly 164.7 kilometer (102 mile) ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. The 23-year-old Matthews,...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Aussie cyclist Michael Matthews takes overall lead in Spanish Vuelta

  Michael Matthews of Australia sprinted to victory on a hot and sunny third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday to take the overall lead of the three-week grand tour. Matthews passed Daniel Martin at the finish line to claim the hilly 122.9-mile ride from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera in 5 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez crossed third. Matthews' win gave...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Matthews wins 3rd Vuelta stage, takes lead

ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AP) Michael Matthews of Australia sprinted to victory on a hot and sunny third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday to take the overall lead of the three-week grand tour. Matthews passed Daniel Martin at the finish line to claim the hilly 197.8-kilometer (122.9-mile) ride from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera in 5 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds. Joaquim...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Bouhanni wins 2nd stage of Vuelta, Valverde leads

SAN FERNANDO, Spain (AP) Nacer Bouhanni of France sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Alejandro Valverde claimed the red leader's jersey after a ride that didn't produce any changes among the race favorites. In a Vuelta designed to favor climbers, the flat finish was one of the few chances for the sprinters to shine after the peloton...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Quintana favorite for Vuelta with rivals hurting

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) With his rivals banged and bruised, Colombian climber Nairo Quintana is viewing the Spanish Vuelta as an excellent opportunity to win his second grand tour of the season and confirm his status as cycling's rising star. A crash-laden Tour de France last month forced both Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to withdraw with injuries. The two former Tour winners...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Quintana & Valverde to lead Movistar at Vuelta

MADRID (AP) Movistar says Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will share leadership roles for the team at the Spanish Vuelta. Movistar has announced its squad for the three-week grand tour starting on Saturday. It says Quintana and Valverde will ''lead the nine-man'' team. Quintana won the Giro d'Italia earlier this summer before Movistar chose to rest him...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tour de France 2014: What to watch for in the final week

With the Alps out of the way, the action now shifts to the Pyrenees Mountains for the last week of the Tour de France. After all the crashes and drama through the first two weeks of the Tour the last 7 stages could put a damper on what has been an unpredictable race so far. I mean it’s a foregone conclusion that Italian Vincenzo Nibali is going to win the race overall with a 4...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde to lead Movistar in Tour de France

Spain's Movistar says Alejandro Valverde will be its lead rider in this year's Tour de France, while Colombian Nairo Quintana will be top rider for the Giro d'Italia. In a statement Tuesday the team says both riders will share leadership for the Spanish Vuelta. Team manager Eusebio Unzue said Nairo was still too young to tackle the Tour and the team thought it best...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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