Giro d’Italia: Nibali and Astana under fire for tactical error

Friday’s Gazzetta dello Sport gave huge coverage to the Astana team’s tactical error on stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia and the decision to send Vincenzo Nibali on the attack. The Sicilian proved to be far from his best, was quickly caught and then distanced by Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who extended his race lead on all his rivals. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mikel Landa...
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Valverde: Dumoulin tried to mislead the enemy with his Giro d’Italia tactics

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has scoffed at the suggestion Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) came to the Giro d’Italia with the mere aim of winning just the time trials. The Dutch rider won the opening time trial in the Netherlands and despite a brief spell out of pink, he reclaimed it on stage 4 before putting further time into the majority of his main rivals with a daring attack...
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3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sutherland: Valverde can win the Giro d'Italia

The belief that Spain's Alejandro Valverde will be disadvantaged in his bid to win the Giro d'Italia because he has never raced it before now is "a big load of crap," according to Australian teammate Rory Sutherland. Valverde's inexperience in the Giro has been touted as a factor that could play against him, despite his vast grand tour experience in the Tour de France and Vuelta...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giro d'Italia: How the GC contenders lie after first mountaintop finish

The Giro d’Italia’s first summit finish at Roccaraso proved more selective than anyone anticipated but, as is so often the case at this juncture of a three-week race, the haul through the Apennines still produced more questions than answers. That said, the greatest conundrum since the start of this Giro – is Tom Dumoulin a viable contender for overall victory? – is a little...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Flech Wallonne for record 4th time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain became the first rider to win the Fleche Wallonne four times after a third straight title Wednesday. Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez was the first to attack in the brutal Mur de Huy climb but Valverde countered the move and won the sprint ahead of Julian Alaphilippe. Valverde also won the race in 2006, 2014 and 2015. The Mur de Huy...
Via Associated Press
22 days 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,...
Via Associated Press
September 17, 2014  |  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 rider's second stage win in...
Via Associated Press
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde to lead Movistar in Tour de France

Spain's Movistar says Alejandro Valverde will be its lead rider in this year's Tour de France, while Colombian Nairo Quintana will be top rider for the Giro d'Italia. In a statement Tuesday the team says both riders will share leadership for the Spanish Vuelta. Team manager Eusebio Unzue said Nairo was still too young to tackle the Tour and the team thought it best to ''keep him...
Via Associated Press
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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