Category: Vuelta a Espana

Favorites challenge on final climb of Vuelta's Stage 8

Many of the pre-race contenders for the Vuelta a Espana showed their cards on Saturday, battling for the lead on the final climb of Stage 8.

As France's David Moncoutie (left, Cofidis) survived a day-long breakaway to take a solo victory, the General Classification contenders attacked each other on the 22% final lick of the Xorret de Catì.

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) was the first of this group …

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Blast from the past returns to podium at Vuelta

Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi dug deep to stay ahead of Mark Cavendish and other challengers in the final sprint to win Stage 7 on Friday at the Vuelta a Espana.

Petacchi's Lampre teammates controlled the front of the peloton over the last few miles into Orihuela, and 36-year-old sprinter paid off their efforts by winning by a bike-length over Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) …

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Hushovd wins Stage 6; Gilbert still leads Vuelta

With some of the hot-shot sprinters dropped on an earlier climb, Norway's Thor Hushovd won Stage 6 against a reduced field in Murcia on Thursday.

It was the third career Vuelta victory for the 32-year-old, who rides for Cervelo. Belgian cyclist Phillipe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto ….

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Tyler Farrar notches 1st win at 2010 Vuelta

Tyler Farrar certainly looked like he's over whatever has been ailing him as he beat Mark Cavendish in a man-to-man bike sprint to the finish on Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old sprinter from Wenatchee, Washington, won the stage without benefit of a lead-out from teammates on his Garmin-Transitions cycling team.

In the closing kilometer of the race, he sat near the front behind …

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US cyclist Van Garderen solidly in Top 10 at Vuelta

One of the freshest faces at the Vuelta a Espana this year is US pro cyclist Tejay van Garderen, who is making a mark at his first Grand Tour.

In Tuesday's hard-fought Stage 4 with its steep climb at the finish, for instance, Van Garderen finished just 8 seconds behind the day's winner, Igor Anton (Spain) of Euskaltel Euskadi.

That helped preserve the 22-year-old cyclist's position in the Top 10 for the fourth day. He's currently sitting in 6th place, 29 seconds behind overall leader Phillipe Gilbert ..

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Belgian takes stage and lead at Vuelta

Riding out front of the Vuelta a Espana nearly all day wasn't good enough for Serafin Martinez to win Stage 3 on Monday.

The peloton closed a 30-second gap to Martinez in the next to last kilometer of the race to Malaga. Phillipe Gilbert (left) attacked on the climb and held off all challengers to win the stage and take the overall …

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HTC-Columbia wins team time trial at Vuelta; Cavendish in red

Mark Cavendish fans had to wait five stages in this year's Tour de France bike race before the HTC-Columbia speedster collected his first victory.

No such wait was necessary at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana, however. Cavendish led his cycling team across the finish line with the best time on Saturday to win the team time trial and capture overall leader's red jersey.

The 10-mile after-dark event in Seville launched the 65th edition of the Grand Tour around Spain. It ends Sept. 19 in Madrid.

Before Saturday's win, Cavendish had eight victories in 2010 …..

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Americans cycling at the Vuelta a Espana

The roster for the 2010 Vuelta a Espana was posted online Friday and it looks like six cyclists from the United States will be competing in the three-week Grand Tour that starts Saturday.

Five are riding for the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team and one rides for HTC-Columbia. Both are based in the U.S.

They are:

Garmin-Transitions

101. Tom Danielson

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2010 Vuelta a Espana cyclists will see red on Saturday;
Live broadcast and streaming coverage

The 2010 Vuelta a Espana rolls out one cycling team at a time on Saturday as the three-week Grand Tour across the Spanish countryside opens with a 10-mile team time trial.

Live broadcasts of the Vuelta a Espana can be viewed on the Universal Sports cable channel (check local listings) every day of the bike race, Saturday through Sept. 19. UniversalSports.com will provide live steaming coverage of every stage, plus other extras, at its website for $14.99.

Many of the cyclists who came up short during this year's Giro d' Italia or Tour de France will be battling for a final shot at a Grand Tour victory — the coveted red jersey.

The Vuelta is celebrating its 65th edition by changing the leader's jersey from golden to red, the same color as Spain's national teams. The red jersey won't be awarded until after Stage ….

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Route announced for 2010 Vuelta a Espana

Organizers for the Vuelta a Espana, the last of the trio of Grand Tours, announced a 2,068-mile route for the bike race in 2010.

While much will be made about the mountain stages and the reduction of time trials to just two, this Vuelta may best be remembered for changing the color of the leader's jersey from golden to red. 

As last year's Vuelta winner, Alejandro Valverde will be the first to wear the red jersey when the bike race begins in Seville on Aug. 28.

The opener is an evening team time trial, one of only two time trial in this year's race (the other is on Stage 17. The bike race ends in Madrid on Sept. 19 …

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