Vuelta a Espana title

Astana team-work helps Fabio Aru to clinch Vuelta a Espana title

 September 14, 2015   John Welsh

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Fabio Aru clinched the 2015 Vuelta a Espana title when the race concluded in the streets of Madrid on Sunday evening with Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez and Polish cyclist Rafal Majka occupying the podium positions but the final three days were expected to provide an exciting duel between Aru and Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin who led […]

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Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin announces his potential as a future Tour de France winner with impressive Vuelta performance

 September 11, 2015   John Welsh

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Prior to the three weeks of racing in the 2015 Vuelta a Espana, the main focus of attention was devoted to the expected challenges from Tour de France winner and runner-up Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana plus 2014 Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali and several other leading contenders. As the event unfolded, injury, illness and disqualification […]

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Fabio Aru emerges as Vuelta favourite after a day to forget for Froome and Quintana

 September 4, 2015   John Welsh

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It was expected that Stage 11 of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana would prove decisive in determining which of the pre-race favourites was likely to emerge as winner of three week cycling race. The route was designed by peleton rider and local favourite Joaquim Rodriguez and involved negotiating five mountain passes on route from Andorra […]

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Nibali disqualification among several topics for debate during opening days of Vuelta a Espana

 August 27, 2015   John Welsh

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Just four weeks after the conclusion of the Tour de France, the 2015 Vuelta a Espana began in the province of Malaga last weekend with several of the leading contenders for honours in the French Grand Tour participating in this event. Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and Tejay van Garderen were all […]

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Contador virtually seals Vuelta victory as fighting dominates stage headlines.

 September 9, 2014   John Welsh

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Gianluca Brambilla and Ivan Rovny may have claimed the headlines during the 16th stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana as they were disqualified for exchanging blows when riding with a small breakaway group, but the real drama occurred on the final climb of the day. Alberto Contador won the race to the summit finish […]

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Alberto Contador

Contador leads the Vuelta after a day of drama for Quintana

 September 2, 2014   John Welsh

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The official statistics for 10th stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana will show that Tony Martin won the individual time trial from Monasterio de Santa Maria de Veruela to Borja and that Alberto Contador claimed the red jersey as race leader, but hidden amongst that detail is the drama which ensued just after the […]

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Froome shows sign of weakness as Quintana leads Vuelta

 September 1, 2014   John Welsh

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For the first week of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, most of the pre-race favourites were quite content to ride alongside each other with only Thursday’s stage to La Zubia producing any indication of which rider may have arrived in Spain with decent form. However, the summit finish at the ski resort of Valdelinaires provided […]

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Valverde leads Vuelta a Espana as the favourites show their form

 August 29, 2014   John Welsh

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After six stages of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, all 198 cyclists remain in the field which is an unusual occurrence for the opening week of a Grand Tour but the first real mountain test on Thursday did produce the expected gaps in the field with the favourites moving to the front of the general […]

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