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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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7 hours ago  |  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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador wins Spanish Vuelta for 3rd time, tallies 6th grand tour title

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain -- Two months after exiting the Tour de France with a leg fracture, Alberto Contador rebounded in style by winning his sixth grand tour title after protecting his lead on the 21st and final stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider won his home race for a third time, to go with two Tour de France victories and one Giro d'Italia...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dutch rider Dylan Van Baarle wins Tour of Britain

LONDON -- Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle won the Tour of Britain on Sunday, holding onto the lead despite a strong time trial by former champion Bradley Wiggins on a final day featuring two stages in central London. Van Baarle, who rides for Garmin-Sharp, finished 10 seconds clear of Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski. Wiggins was third, a further 12 seconds back. Wiggins, the Tour de...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador wins Spanish Vuelta, his 6th grand tour

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) Alberto Contador won the Spanish Vuelta for a third time on Sunday after protecting his lead on the 21st and final stage, giving the Spaniard his sixth grand tour title. Contador entered the concluding 9.7-kilometer (6-mile) individual time trial with a healthy lead of 1 minute, 37 seconds over fellow former Tour de France winner Chris Froome and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador beats Froome to win Vuelta 20th stage

PUERTO DE ANCARES, Spain (AP) Alberto Contador surged past Chris Froome to win the mountainous 20th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday and increase his lead of the grand tour heading into its final day. Contador stayed close to Froome as the former Tour de France winners shed the rest of the field on the special-category ascent to the Puerto de Ancares summit. The Tinkoff-Saxo...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hansen wins 19th stage, Contador leads Vuelta

CANGAS DO MORRAZO, Spain (AP) Australian cyclist Adam Hansen won the hilly 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Alberto Contador maintained the red leader's jersey with two days to go. Hansen attacked on a short uphill stretch with five kilometers (three miles) left on the 180.5-kilometer (112-mile) ride from Salvaterra do Mino to Cangas do Morrazo. The peloton...
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5 days ago  |  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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Degenkolb wins Vuelta's 17th stage, Contador leads

A CORUNA, Spain (AP) John Degenkolb of Germany sprinted to win the Spanish Vuelta's 17th stage on Wednesday, while Alberto Contador maintained the red leader's jersey with four days to go. Degenkolb edged fellow sprinting experts Michael Matthews and Fabian Cancellara to claim the flat 190.7-kilometer (118.5-mile) ride from Ortigueira to A Coruna in just under 4 1/2 hours...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador won't compete in world championships

MADRID (AP) Five-time grand tour winner Alberto Contador says he won't compete in the upcoming road world championships. Contador tells Spanish media ''the worlds don't enter into my plans.'' The world championships will be held in Ponferrada, Spain, from Sept. 21-28. Contador spoke on a rest day at the Spanish Vuelta, which he leads with five days to go...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador wins 16th stage of Spanish Vuelta

LA FARRAPOSA, Spain (AP) Alberto Contador consolidated his overall race lead in the Spanish Vuelta by powering forward on the final ascent and winning the 16th stage on Monday. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider charged past Christopher Froome with less than a kilometer to go on the mountainous 160.5-kilometer (99.7-mile) ride from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona to finish in 4 hours...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Absalon, Pendrel win mountain bike world titles

HAFJELL, Norway (AP) Two-time Olympic gold medalist Julian Absalon of France won his fifth mountain bike world championship, pulling away from Nino Schurter for an easy victory Saturday. Absalon won four consecutive world championships from 2004-07, but has had a hard time of late dealing with his Swiss rival. Schurter had won the last two titles. Marco Aurelio Fontana of Italy...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador takes Spanish Vuelta overall lead in Stage 10

  Alberto Contador took control of the Spanish Vuelta after former leader Nairo Quintana crashed and lost valuable time during the 10th stage won by Tony Martin on Tuesday. Quintana lost control during the time trial on a downhill curve, hitting a guard rail, and going head-over-heels onto the ground. After he was assisted by Movistar staff, the Colombian got back on his bike and...
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15 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced cyclist as it pushes to restore momentum and influence after a tumultuous two years. The money will launch the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at a new...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador to ride in Vuelta after crash in Tour

MADRID (AP) Alberto Contador says he will compete in the Spanish Vuelta after recovering from a fall that forced him to withdraw from the Tour de France. The Spanish five-time grand tour winner fractured his right shin in a crash during the 10th stage of the Tour on July 15. He had originally said it would be very difficult for him to recover in time for the three-week Vuelta, which...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Danielson repeats as Tour of Utah champion

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) Tom Danielson successfully defended his Tour of Utah title Sunday, while former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans proved he's rounding into form by winning his second consecutive stage. Evans, who was tuning up for the Vuelta a Espana, won a sprint out of a five-man breakaway ahead of Wilco Kelderman and Winner Anacona to capture the mountainous seventh...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Danielson wins Tour of Utah's Stage 4 to take lead

EDEN, Utah (AP) Defending champion Tom Danielson dropped Chris Horner in the final miles Thursday and easily won the fourth stage of the Tour of Utah to take the overall race lead. After his Garmin-Sharp team put him in position at the base of Powder Mountain, Danielson showed his climbing legs on the roughly 6-mile ascent to the finish. He crossed the finish line with a 56-second...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador Crashes Out Of 2014 Tour De France In Stage 10

One of the favorites in the 2014 Tour de France will no longer have a chance to win. Two-time champion Alberto Contador crashed in stage 10 at Col de Platzerwasel and was forced to accept defeat after breaking his leg. The Spaniard fell off his bike on a descent with about 40 miles to go during the 100-mile stage. Stage 10 is well-known for its difficult downhills. Vincenzo Nibali...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Cavendish Involved In Bad Crash At End Of Tour de France Stage 1

British cyclist Mark Cavendish dislocated his shoulder in the last hundred yards of Stage 1 of the Tour de France on Saturday through the English countryside. Cavendish, who was a favorite to take the yellow jacket in Stage 1, was forced to withdraw from the even all together after the injury. Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first-stage of […] The post Mark Cavendish Involved...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan accidentally struck by rider at Tour de France

Your browser does not support iframes.A fan was accidentally struck by a passing cyclist during Sunday's Stage Two of the Tour de France.The fan was standing on the edge of the road attempting to take a picture as a pack of riders passed by. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that he was standing a bit too close, and some of the cyclists were riding right along the edge of...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

British cyclist Mark Cavendish painfully crashes at Tour de France (Video)

British cyclist Mark Cavendish took the brunt of a brutal crash during the final stretch of Saturday's Stage One of the Tour de France. Cavendish was leaning his head and left shoulder against Australian cyclist Simon Gerrans in an apparent attempt to clear some space for himself with just a few hundred yards remaining to reach the finish line. Unfortunately, the move completely...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bad crash at Tour de France

British cyclist Mark Cavendish was involved in a heavy duty multi-bike during the last few hundred yards of Stage One at the Tour de France. You can see the veteran attempt to clear space for the final run but became entangled with Simon Gerrans, sending them both violently to the ground. While it is rumored that Cavendish suffered a broken collarbone on the spill, it is miraculous...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tour de France 2014: 10 compelling cyclists to root for

The 2014 Tour de France gets underway in less than 24 hours. By now even the casual fans are starting to pick-up on what looks to be a Chris Froome vs. Alberto Contador showdown, whereas in the sprints it seems to be a 3-way competition between Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, and Marcel Kittel. Over the course of the next three weeks we are destined to see the favorites shine, dark...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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