Category: Vuelta a Espana
An early race leader rocketed up the brutally sudden uphill finish in Toledo to win Stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday.
Phillipe Gilbert (left, Omega) attacked the peloton after it crossed a bridge leading to the final mile into town. American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) hung onto his wheel but was unable to pass the driving Belgian.
Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) finished in a small group just 1 second behind, earning himself another 12 seconds of breathing room over 2nd place Ezequiel Mosquera ….
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His third victory at this year's Vuelta a Espana will be recorded as an individual sprint win, but once again Mark Cavendish got a lot of help.
HTC-Columbia teammate Matt Goss delivered Cavendish to within about 200 yards of the finish line on Thursday, allowing the “Manx Missile” a clear sprint to the finish line in Salamanca.
He finished one second ahead of second-place finisher J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank), who was followed by a dozen other sprinters to close the flat 18th Stage of the Vuelta ….
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One cyclist may crack on the lofty summit of a mountaintop finish. Another will fail on an individual time trial over a dead flat course. Each time, the overall race lead changes.
That's the story of the past two stages of the Vuelta a Espana.
On Monday's Stage 16, red jersey leader Vincenzo Nibali lost more than a half-minute when many of his rivals attacked near the summit of Alto de Cotobello and he couldn't respond. Joaquim Rodriguez moved into first place overall. ….
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After controlling the overall lead for about 110 miles on Monday's Stage 16, everything fell apart for the Liquigas cycling team and Vincenzo Nibali in the final mile.
With Frank Schleck scampering up the Alto de Corobello to erase a few seconds in his gap to the red jersey, the group of riders surrounding Nibali attacked and the Italian could not respond.
His chief rival, Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), finished 37 seconds ahead of Nibali and took the leader's red jersey with 33 seconds to spare ….
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Italy's Vincent Nibali (Liquigas) took over the lead of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday after overall leader Igor Anton (Eukaltel Euskadi) suffered a heart-breaking crash near the base of the final climb on Stage 14.
As the peloton moved on, Nibali, Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) battled for the red jersey on the steep slopes of the Pena Cabarga, with Rodriguez crossing the finish first.
The crash happened as Katusha was pushing the pace …
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It appears that Mark Cavendish has figured out the tempo of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana as the HTC-Columbia sprinter won his second stage in a row on Friday.
Once again, Cavendish was able to position himself behind teammate Matt Goff, who led his man charging through a wide corner on the way to the finish line in Burgos at …
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Mark Cavendish celebrated his first ever individual stage win at the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday when he followed his lead-out man's back wheel to the finish line.
Despite the chaos in the peloton as the cyclists entered Lleida, HTC-Columbia teammate Matt Goss sorted things out and exploded to the front with Cavendish on his wheel.
Red jersey leader Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) retained his 45-second overall lead in the Vuelta ….
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Spain's Igor Anton reclaimed the red leader's jersey at the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday with an explosive attack on the summit finish that also earned him a second stage win.
Having just lost the red jersey on Tuesday after leading the race for two days, it looked like Anton had run out of gas at the bottom on the 6-mile climb to the finish of Stage 11.
He survived with the overall leaders such as the red jersey Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), however, then found his legs by attacking ….
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Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez finally broke the tie with Igor Anton on Tuesday to take the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana.
The Katusha cyclist won 2 seconds in an intermediate sprint on the 108-mile race to Vilanova i la Geltru. He had been ranked second place to red jersey wearer Anton for the past two stages even though they shared the same overall time.
Meanwhile, the Caisse d'Epargne cycling team marked a repeat stage victory when Imanol Erviti attacked the all-day breakaway about 12 miles from the finish and survived by more than 30 seconds …..
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For the second stage in a row, a cyclist in an all-day breakaway survived for a solo victory on Stage 9 at the Vuelta a Espana.
The stage winner, David Lopez (Caisse d'Epargne), attacked the other cyclists in the breakaway about 2 miles from the finish in Alcoi, ending a 116-mile day with seven category 2 and 3 climbs.
Meanwhile, there was no change among the top contenders for the overall lead, as Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) failed in his bid to drop Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) …
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