Alejandro Valverde of Spain won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday. Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona. He finished the weeklong race more than one minute ahead of Alberto Contador and Marc Soler, who closed out the all-Spanish podium. Valverde won despite receiving a one-minute time penalty Wednesday after race officials ruled that some Movistar riders pushed one another in Tuesday's team time trial. The 36-year-old Valverde had won two other stages. Valverde also won the race in northeastern Spain in 2009, the same year he clinched the Spanish Vuelta for his only
British cycling great Bradley Wiggins has promised he will have a "lot to say" and "shock a few people" when he finally comments on allegations he may have broken anti-doping rules. The former Team Sky rider added he would have "a lot to say" when UK Anti-Doping finished its investigation into allegations he was injected with triamcinolone, a powerful corticosteroid, at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race. Triamcinolone is a banned substance unless riders have a therapeutic use exemption -- an official note allowing them to use otherwise prohibited drugs for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
A favorite topic this NASCAR season has been Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s adventures as he takes up cycling – partially because it seems to be the newest cross-training fad among drivers, but mostly because Junior’s stories (read: struggles) tend to be incredibly entertaining and relatable. It actually left the No. 88 Chevrolet driver with a new skill on two wheels: riding with only one eye open. The weather in the desert last weekend was north of 90 degrees, but that didn’t stop the Hendrick Motorsports teammates – Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott – from setting out on a 30-mile ride between practice and the qualifier, Earnhardt detailed on his weekly Dale Jr. Download podcast.