Road cycling

August 30, 2017 - 12:28 pm
CALAR ALTO, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome increased his lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday, finishing second in the mountainous 11th stage behind Astana rider Miguel Angel Lopez. The 23-year-old Lopez won his first grand stage tour, with the Colombian finishing the 187.5-kilometer (116.5-mile)...
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August 27, 2017 - 12:49 pm
EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome moved to the front in the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday and increase his overall lead. The Tour de France winner took the lead with about 500 meters (yards) to go and held on to win the 174-kilometer (108-...
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August 26, 2017 - 12:53 pm
XORRET DE CATI, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome made a strong charge in the final climb to increase his overall Spanish Vuelta lead in Saturday's eighth stage, which was won by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. Alaphilippe broke from the leading pack in the final meters (yards) and crossed the line...
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August 07, 2017 - 6:28 am
MADRID (AP) — Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will retire next month after riding in the Spanish Vuelta. Contador announced his plan to stop racing on a video posted Monday on Instagram. The Spanish rider said the Vuelta "will be my last race as a professional cyclist." "It's a...
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A Spanish Civil Guard policeman stands guard outside the Spanish Football Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 18, 2017 - 8:59 am
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation on Tuesday. Villar, who is FIFA's senior vice president and a UEFA vice president, was suspected of having arranged matches...
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Italy's Fabio Aru celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 160.5 kilometers (99.7 miles) with start in Vittel and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 05, 2017 - 2:24 pm
CHAMPAGNEY, France (AP) — After losing two of its biggest stars in one horror crash, the Tour de France needed a pick-me-up. Italy's Fabio Aru answered the call. On the first mountain climb of this 104th Tour, after the lower altitudes where Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan were forced out of the...
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British rider Mark Cavendish speaks to reporters after pulling out of the race with broken shoulder prior to the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 160.5 kilometers (99.7 miles) with start in Vittel and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Cavendish sustained the injury in a crash Tuesday for which Peter Sagan was disqualified. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
July 05, 2017 - 7:41 am
VITTEL, France (AP) — British rider Mark Cavendish has commended the "courage" of Tour de France jurors for disqualifying world champion Peter Sagan for a horrific crash that took both of them out of the race on Tuesday. Speaking Wednesday, before the Tour set off without him from the spa town of...
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Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Dusseldorf, Germany, and finish in Liege, Belgium, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 02, 2017 - 3:22 pm
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — The thriving current state of German cycling stood out in sharp contrast to the sport's dirty past during the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. As Marcel Kittel rode toward a commanding sprint victory to conclude a leg that began before large crowds in Duesseldorf...
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Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, ride in the pack during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Dusseldorf, Germany, and finish in Liege, Belgium, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 02, 2017 - 11:58 am
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome didn't lose any time despite falling to the pavement amid a mass crash on a wet corner. Froome's Sky teammate...
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Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, ride in the pack during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Dusseldorf, Germany, and finish in Liege, Belgium, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 02, 2017 - 11:18 am
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome managed to finish in the main pack after falling to the pavement amid a mass crash. Froome's Sky teammate...
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