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  • Froome seeks lift with Vuelta win

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA August 21 (Reuters) - Chris Froome aims to put his Tour de France misery behind him with victory in the Vuelta a Espana but he faces stiff competition from a strong field led by Nairo Quintana. The Vuelta has become an ideal opportunity for cyclists who under-performed in…

    Reuters
  • Defending champion Horner out of Spanish Vuelta

    Team Lampre Merida says defending Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner will not compete in this year's race. The team says it decided ''not to allow the athlete to partake in this Vuelta'' after UCI blood tests showed a problem since Horner had received treatment with oral cortisone for a lingering…

    The Associated Press
  • Viviani denies Voigt, Van Garderen keeps lead

    Elia Viviani led a stream of sprinters past a tiring Jens Voigt to win the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race Thursday while Tejay Van Garderen kept the overall lead.

    AFP
  • Vinokourov and Kolobnev charged with bribery

    Controversial former Kazakhstan rider Alexandre Vinokourov and Russian Alexandr Kolobnev have been charged with bribery by Belgian justice authorities and will face trial later this year, Belgian media reported on Wednesday. The now retired Olympic road race champion Vinokourov, 40, is accused of…

    AFP
  • Cannondale to sponsor Slipstream in 2015

    US bicycle manufacturer Cannondale will join forces with Slipstream Sports in 2015 and repace Garmin as the title sponsor of Slipstream's UCI ProTeam, the firms announced on Wednesday. American outfit Slipstream was seeking a title sponsor to replace Garmin, whose deal will expire at the end of…

    AFP
  • Cycling - Froome back to challenge rampant Quintana in Spain

    - Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Tour of Spain, gets under way in Jerez on Saturday.

    AFP
  • CAS rejects Kreuziger appeal to race in Vuelta

    Under suspicion for doping, Roman Kreuziger has been denied his request to start the three-week Spanish Vuelta on Saturday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it dismissed an urgent appeal by the Czech Republic rider, who remains provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union while…

    The Associated Press
  • Quintana favorite for Vuelta with rivals hurting

    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…

    The Associated Press
  • Van Garderen takes over lead with win in Stage 3

    MONARCH MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) -- Defending champion Tejay van Garderen took over the yellow jersey at the USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday with a thrilling win in Stage 3, holding off Rafal Majka at the finish.

    The Associated Press
  • Viviani takes Stage 4 with late surge

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Italian racer Elia Viviani used a powerful surge near the finish to capture Stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday.

    The Associated Press
  • Van Garderen strikes for lead in Pro Challenge cycle race

    Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometer of the Monarch Mountain summit finish to seize the third stage and overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge cycle race. The American BMC rider pulled away from the lead group Wednesday, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him. Romania's…

    AFP