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Contador extends lead; Gilbert wins 18th stage of Giro

VERBANIA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador increased his lead on the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday with a well-timed attack on the leg's big climb, while former world champion Philippe Gilbert posted his second victory in this year's race. A member of an early breakaway, Gilbert required just over four hours to complete the 170-kilometer (106-mile) leg from Melide, Switzerland...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador keeps Giro lead, Sacha Modolo wins stage 17

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) Alberto Contador maintained his grip on the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia, while Sacha Modolo won a bunch sprint at the end of the 17th stage on Wednesday for his second victory in this year's race. A superb leadout from Modolo's Lampre-Merida team saw him beat Giacomo Nizzolo by a bike length to win the 134-kilometer (83-mile) leg from Tirano to Lugano...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador shows off climbing skills on Mortirolo

APRICA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador put on a demonstration of his climbing skills on the Mortirolo pass and extended his lead in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Mikel Landa posted his second consecutive stage victory after getting clearance from the Astana team to leave behind captain Fabio Aru, who again struggled. Landa required just over 5 hours over the 174-kilometer...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador extends overall Giro lead; Landa wins 15th stage

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador extended his overall lead of the Giro d'Italia by seven seconds on Sunday after finishing third behind winner Mikel Landa on a mountainous 15th stage. Landa attacked on the final steep section of the climb up to the Madonna Di Campiglio ski resort to claim his first Grand Tour stage victory, two seconds ahead of Yuri Trofimov. Contador...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kristin Armstrong, Andrew Talansky capture time trial titles

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, making another comeback from retirement, won her fourth national title Saturday to lock up a spot at the world championships. Armstrong blazed over the course in 42 minutes, 8.04 seconds to beat out her teammate Carmen Small by more than 13 seconds. Amber Neben rounded out the podium. In the men...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador reclaims Giro lead from Aru after time trial

VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador outclassed his rivals on a tough individual time trial Saturday to reclaim the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia after the 14th stage, which was won by Vasil Kiryienka. Contador started the day 19 seconds behind Fabio Aru after a crash at the end of the previous stage saw him lose the pink jersey. A fantastic ride through another rain-affected...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru on 13th Giro stage

JESOLO, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of Friday's rainy 13th stage, which was won by Sacha Modolo. Aru escaped the crash, which took out a number of cyclists just outside the final three kilometers (two miles) to move 19 seconds ahead of Contador. Mikel Landa moved into third, 1...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador extends lead; Gilbert wins 12th stage of Giro

VICENZA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador extended his overall lead ahead of Fabio Aru to 17 seconds while Philippe Gilbert won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday. It all came down to a brief climb in the final kilometer. Gilbert, the 2012 world champion, attacked and surged ahead of a couple breakaway riders to cross the line alone. The Belgian rider with BMC clocked...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Zakarin wins 11th stage; Contador keeps Giro lead

IMOLA, Italy (AP) Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin won the rainy 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, and Alberto Contador retained the pink jersey. Zakarin, who recently won the Tour de Romandie, got in an early breakaway then launched a solo attack with 25 kilometers (15 miles) to go. The Katusha rider finished in less than four hours over the hilly 153-kilometer (95-mile...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong say Postal contract worth more to government

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong's legal team is laying out some of the details in a key part of his defense against the federal government's fraud lawsuit: that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor U.S. Postal Service than they were to him. Armstrong's lawyers filed documents in federal court Tuesday, noting that the Postal Service's reviews of its contracts...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador leads Giro d'Italia through 10th stage

  Alberto Contador held on to the overall lead and gained time on rival Richie Porte in the almost entirely flat 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Italian rider Nicola Boem won the stage after getting into an early breakaway that reached the finish. Porte had to change a punctured tire and dropped behind the main pack in the final kilometers, losing 47 seconds to the general...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador gains time on Porte in 10th stage of Giro

FORLI, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador held on to the overall lead and gained time on rival Richie Porte in the almost entirely flat 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Italian rider Nicola Boem won the stage after getting into an early breakaway that reached the finish. Porte had to change a punctured tire and dropped behind the main pack in the final kilometers, losing 47...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador retains Giro lead but loses 1 second to Aru

SAN GIORGIO DEL SANNIO, Italy (AP) Injured Alberto Contador made it through another day in the mountains as he retained the overall lead after nine stages of the Giro d'Italia but lost a precious second to closest challenger Fabio Aru on Sunday. Aru kicked for the line in an attempt to wrest the leader's pink jersey from Contador but is still three seconds behind the Spaniard, who...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Diego Ulissi sprints to victory in 7th stage of Giro

FIUGGI, Italy (AP) Diego Ulissi sprinted to a surprising victory at the end of the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, while Alberto Contador remained in the overall lead after deciding to continue despite dislocating his shoulder the previous day. Ulissi was overcome with emotion, collapsing on the ground after holding off other more recognized sprinters on the slightly...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who won the first two stages, powered to the front in the final 200 yards to win the 95.7-mile led from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita in 3 hours, 51 minutes...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Griepel sprints to stage 6 win, Contador keeps Giro lead

MONTECATINI TERME, Italy (AP) Andre Greipel sprinted to victory on the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, while Alberto Contador remained in the overall lead despite being involved in a crash in the rush to the finish. Greipel was perfectly led out by Lotto Souda teammate Greg Henderson and he had enough power to beat Matteo Pelucchi by a bike length. Sacha Modolo was...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador takes Giro lead after 1st mountain stage; Aru 2nd

ABETONE, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador claimed the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia after the first mountain stage on Wednesday, as the race favorites leaped into action on the concluding climb to Abetone. Slovenian rider Jan Polanc, a 23-year-old with the Lampre team, won the fifth leg. Polanc got in an early breakaway and attacked on the final climb. He clocked little more than...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California

LODI, Calif. (AP) Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. Sagan again...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Cavendish wins first stage of Tour of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Britain's Mark Cavendish powered past Slovakia's Peter Sagan just before the finish line Sunday to win the first stage of the Tour of California. Cavendish, a 25-time Tour de France stage winner, raced to his 10th victory of the season, finishing the 126.2-mile flat road race in 4 hours, 43 minutes, 27 seconds. He also won Tour of California stages in Sacramento...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador kicks off attempt at rare Giro and Tour double

ROME (AP) Alberto Contador has been riding a bit slower than usual this season. That's by design. The Spaniard is attempting to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. The challenge begins on Saturday when the three-week Giro begins with a team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo. Contador's...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish, Armstrong highlight Tour of California

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) Mark Cavendish and Kristin Armstrong will highlight the Tour of California. Eighty-four women representing 14 teams will begin two days of racing Friday in the Sierra Nevada with a 74-mile counterclockwise loop around Lake Tahoe in the new women's three-day stage race. Poor weather, including possible snow, is forecast Friday and Saturday. Lisa Brennauer...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde times sprint perfectly to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege

LIEGE, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic for the third time in his career on Sunday, clinching the Ardennes double after his midweek victory in the Walloon Arrow. The 35-year-old Spaniard waited until 500 meters (yards) from the line to chase down countryman Dani Moreno. After overtaking Moreno, Valverde then held...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Fleche Wallonne for 3rd time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain perfectly timed his attack to win the Fleche Wallonne (Walloon Arrow) classic for the third time and the second year in a row on Wednesday. Valverde, runner-up at the Amstel Gold Race last week, won ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini at the top of the Mur de Huy. Former Tour de France champion Christopher Froome was involved...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

WADA director general disappointed at lack of Lance Armstrong apology

  The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview at The Associated Press on Tuesday, David Howman said NFL and NHL players need to change their attitude toward drug testing, the NCAA and amateur...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Paris-Roubaix cyclists interrupted by high-speed train (Video)

Cyclists taking part in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race found themselves facing an unexpected obstacle as the main group approached a set of train tracks at the same time as a high-speed train was approaching. Several dozen cyclists were more than willing to take their lives into their own hands by ducking under the barriers (or riding around them) in order to stay with the pack, leading...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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