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Recovered Alberto Contador Confirms Participation in Vuelta

Alberto Contador (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) CLICK HERE for the TV and online schedule to watch La Vuelta on Universal Sports. (Reuters) – Alberto Contador will take part in this month’s Tour of Spain after recovering faster than expected from a shinbone fracture, the Spaniard said on Thursday. “I’ve been riding the bicycle for 10 days and […]

Alberto Contador Holds Out Hope For Vuelta

(Reuters) – Alberto Contador flew to Madrid a day after crashing out of the Tour de France to receive treatment on his broken shinbone and faces a race against time to regain full fitness for next month’s Vuelta. The Spaniard, a Tour winner in 2007 and 2009, crashed during the 10th stage on Monday but […]

Alberto Contador Rockets to Basque Tour Victory

April 12 (Reuters) – Alberto Contador produced a blistering time trial performance and easily held off nearest challenger and fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde to wrap up his third triumph at the Tour of the Basque Country on Saturday. Tinkoff-Saxo rider Contador, who won the race in northern Spain in 2008 and 2009, showed he is […]

Alberto Contador Crashes While Rui Costa Wins Stage 16

(Reuters) – Alberto Contador showed he was prepared to risk everything to win the Tour de France on Tuesday, crashing on the final descent as he tried to attack overall leader Chris Froome. Team Sky rider Froome, who was on Contador’s wheel, had to move round the Spaniard and briefly went off the road himself […]

Alberto Contador Makes Up Time On Leader Chris Froome; Mark Cavendish Wins Stage 13

(Reuters) – Alberto Contador made up lost time with a tactical masterstroke in Friday’s 13th stage of the Tour de France, showing he would not let an opportunity slip to topple overall leader Chris Froome. During a hectic 173-km ride from Tours that ended with Britain’s Mark Cavendish crossing the line first, Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff team […]

2012 Vuelta a Espana: Alberto Contador Wins

Universal Sports’ hosts Steve Schlanger and Todd Gogulski help celebrate Alberto Contador’s General Classification win, sweeping the podium for Spain with Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez.

De Marchi wins stage seven as Valverde stays ahead

(Reuters) – Italian Alessandro De Marchi broke clear with 12-km to go to win stage seven of the Tour of Spain on Friday while home rider Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead. De Marchi finished one minute 35 seconds ahead of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp). Frenchman Hubert Dupont was third in the same time. “This […]

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 6: Winner

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sprinted away from the peloton to win the sixth stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, taking the overall lead by 15 seconds, with Chris Froome and Alberto Contador following.

Saxo Bank retains sponsorship of Contador’s team

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER (Reuters) – The Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team, led by twice Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, have received a boost with Denmark’s Saxo Bank announcing it will remain a co-title sponsor for 2015. The team is owned by Russia’s Oleg Tinkov and managed by Dane Bjarne Riis, with Saxo Bank involved since 2008. Tinkov, […]

Mark Cavendish to Return from Injury

Mark Cavendish (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D’Alberto) Click here for USN’s 2014 cycling schedule LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish will return to action in this month’s Tour de l’Ain stage race in eastern France having recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Tour de France opening stage, his team said on Wednesday. […]

Meb Keflezighi and Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki to Run 2014 NYC Marathon

 Meb Keflezighi (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)  New York— Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked player in the world and winner of the recent Istanbul Cup, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City […]

Vincenzo Nibali Wins 2014 Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Reuters/Jerome Prevost) (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani on Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race. While Italy celebrated its seventh Tour winner, a jubilant France hailed its first […]

Attacking Gallopin claims Tour de France 11th stage

(Reuters) – Two days after wearing the yellow jersey, France’s Tony Gallopin claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France thanks to late attacks in a nervous finale on Wednesday. German John Degenkolb was second and Italian Matteo Trentin took third place at the end of a 187.5km ride from Besancon. Italian Vincenzo Nibali […]

Heavy crash ends Contador Tour de France hopes

CREDIT: REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN (Reuters) – Spain’s Alberto Contador pulled out of the Tour de France on Monday after crashing heavily during the 10th stage and injuring his knee. The double Tour champion fell on the descent from Le Petit Ballon and spent several minutes being treated by race doctors, blood dripping from his right knee. […]

Defending Champion Chris Froome Abandons Tour de France After Crash

Chris Froome (Reuters/Joseba Etxaburu) (Reuters) – Chris Froome’s attempt to win a second successive Tour de France ended in bitter disappointment after less than a week of the race on Wednesday when he crashed out on stage five. On a miserable, rain-sodden day in northern France, the Briton appeared in great pain after falling for […]

Interview: Sal Masekela on the Mavericks Invitational

By Seth Rubinroit The Mavericks Invitational is the world’s premier, high adrenaline big wave surfing contest. Two dozen of the world’s bravest and best surfers gather annually at the legendary Mavericks surf break just 20 minutes south of San Francisco and compete in waves reaching more than 30 feet, in what many consider the toughest big wave conditions in […]

Running Phenom Mary Cain Prepares For Driver’s Test Before Race

Mary Cain (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Two days from racing in her second IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season, and one practically on home turf in New York, Mary Cain was stressed out on Thursday, June 12. About taking her driver’s test. “I am super-duper excited for graduation,” said the 18-year-old Bronxville High School […]

IAAF Diamond League Begins in Doha

LaShawn Merritt (REUTERS/Petr Josek) Ten reigning or former Olympic Champions, plus 25 more Olympic Games medalists are poised to compete at the IAAF Diamond League kick-off meeting in Doha on May 9 at 12 PM ET on Universal Sports.  The IDL Doha 2014 will also feature 25 current or former World Champions as well as […]

Joaquim Rodriguez seals second triumph in Catalunya

BARCELONA, March 30 (Reuters) – Joaquim Rodriguez won the Tour of Catalunya for a second time on Sunday when the Team Katusha rider defended his slender overnight lead to pip fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo into second. Champion in 2010, home favourite Rodriguez had a four-second lead going into the last and shortest of […]

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 6

3-time Time Trial World Champ Tony Martin (Omega) wins his second stage (Stage 2, Stage 6) and second Basque Country TT, just ahead of the Tour winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) by seven seconds.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Contador wins

Stage 6, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) took the General Classification lead in stage 1 and held all the way for his third Basque Country win. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega) takes 2nd as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) falls off the podium.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 5

After a 16 man break away crumbles, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) keeps his GC lead over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 12 seconds, as Ben Swift (Sky) gets a surprise stage win, as he survived the climbs.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 4

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) maintains his GC lead over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 12 seconds, as Wouter Poels (Omega) gets the biggest stage win of his career.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 3

Michael Matthews (AUS) wins stage 3 for Orica-Green Edge, making it their 3rd consecutive year to do so, with a time of 5:02:09. Alberto Contador (ESP) remains the GC leader.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 2

3-time World Time Trial Champion, Tony Martin (GER) wins the stage with a time of 3:46:17. The General Classification order remains the same with Alberto Contador (ESP) being 1st overall.

2014 Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 1: Contador wins

Alberto Contador (ESP) takes the 1st stage of the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country with a total time of 4:05:07. Contador has previously taken stages in this race in both 2008 and 2009.

Volta a Catalunya Starts Monday

Daniel Martin (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) The 94th edition of the Volta a Catalunya road cycling race begins Monday in Spain. Watch all seven stages March 24-30 at 6 PM ET on Universal Sports. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) returns to defend his 2013 Volta a Catalunya victory. He is scheduled to compete against a tough field including […]

Rogers blames positive test on Chinese food

CREDIT: REUTERS/VALENTIN FLAURAUD (Reuters) – Australian rider Michael Rogers has blamed a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol on food contamination, saying on Friday he never intentionally ingested the banned anabolic agent. “I would like to make it very clear, in the strongest terms possible that I have never knowingly or deliberately ingested clenbuterol,” […]

Ryan Hall Q&A

The Last 26: Running With Ryan Hall Ryan Hall is one of the most decorated American distance runners of all time. Among his many accomplishments, Hall is the current U.S. record holder for the half marathon and marathon. USN: When you don’t feel like running, how do you motivate yourself to train? Ryan: I make […]

Vincenzo Nibali Takes Overall Lead At Vuelta

By Alasdair Fotheringham ALTO DO MONTE DA GROBA, Spain | Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:30pm BST (Reuters) – Favourite Vincenzo Nibali seized the lead in the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday’s first mountain top finish as Ireland’s Nicolas Roche clinched a solo stage victory and moved into second overall. After overnight leader and Astana team […]

Chris Froome Wins 2013 Tour de France

By Julien Pretot PARIS | Sun Jul 21, 2013 (Reuters) – Chris Froome won the 100th edition of the Tour de France on Sunday to become the second British champion in successive years. Froome was untroubled on the 21st and final stage of the three-week race, a 133.5-km ride from Versailles to Paris and an […]

Nario Quintana Wins Stage 20; Froome Set To Ride Into Paris The Winner

By Julien Pretot SEMNOZ, France (Reuters) – As he was fighting gravity in the final climb of the Tour de France, Chris Froome lost focus and that was the moment the Briton realised he had his maiden grand Tour title virtually sewn up. Colombia’s Nairo Quintana was about to ride away to victory in the […]

Rui Costa Wins; Chris Froome Closes In On Overall Title

By Julien Pretot LE GRAND BORNAND, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome had his maiden Tour de France title within reach on Friday after the Briton survived the 204.5-km 19th stage and Alberto Contador’s camp conceded defeat. Team Sky rider Froome leads Spaniard Contador by five minutes 11 seconds with two stages left, one being Sunday’s […]

Frenchman Christophe Riblon Wins Stage 18; Froome Breaks Down And Still Increases Lead

L’ALPE D’HUEZ, France (Reuters) – Britain’s Chris Froome again left rival Alberto Contador in his wake despite cracking on Thursday’s 18th stage of the Tour de France that was won by Frenchman Christophe Riblon. Froome, in a group of three chasing the leading riders, was clearly in trouble in the final five kilometers as he […]

Froome Wins Time Trial And Inches Closer To The Overall Title

CHORGES, France (Reuters) – Overall race leader Chris Froome produced a late burst of speed to win Wednesday’s individual time trial, securing his third victory of this year’s Tour de France. Froome had been trailing rival Alberto Contador by 11 seconds at 20 km of the 32-km course which included two climbs, but, with his […]

Chris Froome Inches Closer To Victory Winning Stage 15 And Increasing Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot Sun Jul 14, 2013 MONT VENTOUX, France, July 14 – Chris Froome moved closer to a maiden Tour de France title with an awe-inspiring victory on top of the intimidating Mont Ventoux, pulling away from his rivals in brutal fashion seven kilometres from the finish on Sunday. The British rider stayed rooted […]

Matteo Trentin Wins First Professional Stage; Chris Froome Retains The Yellow Jersey

By Julien Pretot LYON, France (Reuters) – Italy’s Matteo Trentin snatched his first professional victory and gave the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team their fourth Tour de France win this year when he claimed the 14th stage at the end of a long-range breakaway on Saturday. Trentin outsprinted breakaway companions Michael Albasini of Switzerland and American […]

Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 12 Of Tour de France; Chris Froome Retains Yellow Jersey

By Julien Pretot TOURS, France | Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:22pm BST (Reuters) – German Marcel Kittel claimed his third victory on this year’s Tour de France when he pipped Mark Cavendish on the line to take the 12th stage on Thursday. Kittel, who won the first and 10th stages, stayed behind the Briton’s wheel […]

World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin Wins Stage 11 Time Trial

(Reuters) – Britain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 11 time trial behind hot favorite Tony Martin. German world time trial champion Martin, who suffered concussion in a mass crash on the race’s first stage, blasted round the flat 33-km course in 36 minutes […]

Chris Froome Survives Bad Day; Irishman Daniel Martin Wins Stage Nine

By Julien Pretot BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France | Sun Jul 7, 2013 2:09pm EDT (Reuters) – Chris Froome survived a brutal early onslaught from his Tour de France rivals to retain the yellow jersey after an epic ninth stage won by Ireland’s Dan Martin on Sunday. Having destroyed the field to snatch the overall lead in Saturday’s […]

Chris Froome Blows Past Rivals To Wins Stage 8 Takes Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot AX-3-DOMAINES, France | Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:16pm EDT (Reuters) – After only the first mountain stage of the Tour de France, Team Sky’s rivals could already be aiming for second place. They may well even end up racing for third after Chris Froome and Richie Porte looked in another league with […]

Peter Sagan Wins Stage Seven; Impey Retains Yellow Jersey

By Julien Pretot ALBI, France | Fri Jul 5, 2013 5:53pm BST (Reuters) – Peter Sagan thrashed his rivals in the fight for the green jersey when he won the seventh stage of the Tour de France after a fine tactical move by his Cannondale team on Friday. Sagan outsprinted German John Degenkolb and Italian […]

German Andre Greipel Wins Stage Six While Daryl Impey Takes Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot MONTPELLIER, France | Thu Jul 4, 2013 9:55pm IST (Reuters) – Germany’s Andre Greipel timed his final burst to perfection when he won a mass sprint to take the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. Greipel, of the Lotto team, beat Slovakian Peter Sagan and fellow German Marcel Kittel […]

Mark Cavendish Sprints To His 27th Career Stage Victory

By Julien Pretot MARSEILLE, France | Wed Jul 3, 2013 2:25pm EDT (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish’s love affair with the Tour de France continued as the Briton moved closer to the all-time stage-win record with a perfect sprint finish on Wednesday. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider was led out by his team mates in the […]

Australian Team Wins Time Trial While Simon Gerrans Takes Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot NICE, France (Reuters) – Orica-GreenEdge’s remarkable start to the Tour de France continued when Simon Gerrans snatched the yellow jersey after the Australian outfit won the team time trial on Tuesday. The man the Australian had to particularly thank was not one of his team mates but the man who handed him […]

Australian Simon Gerrans Uses Well Timed Sprint To Win Stage Three

CALVI, France (Reuters) – Two days after getting embarrassing exposure at the Tour de France when their bus caused mayhem, Australian team Orica-GreenEdge were in the limelight for a good reason when Simon Gerrans won the third stage with a well-timed sprint on Monday. Australian Gerrans beat pre-stage favourite Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Spain’s […]

Quiet Day Two At Tour de France; Jan Bakelants Wins First Stage Of His Career

By Julien Pretot AJACCIO, France | Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:15pm EDT (Reuters) – Belgian Jan Bakelants, a last-minute inclusion in the RadioShack-Leopard Tour de France roster, rode his luck to win the second stage by one second and take the overall leader’s yellow jersey on Sunday. Bakelants powered away from a six-man late breakaway […]

Double Champion Contador Goes Down; Marcel Kittel Wins First Stage

By Julien Pretot BASTIA, France | Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:33pm EDT (Reuters) – Double champion Alberto Contador took a spectacular tumble as the Tour de France got off to a chaotic start with German Marcel Kittel winning a crash-marred opening stage on Saturday. The Orica GreenEdge team bus got stuck under the finish-line banner […]

Contador Promises An Exciting 2013 Tour de France

By Julien Pretot PORTO VECCHIO, France | Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:09pm BST (Reuters) – Alberto Contador has promised a more exciting Tour de France this year after Bradley Wiggins’s Team Sky dominated all the way to the Champs-Elysees in the 2012 edition. Double champion Contador of Spain, back in the race after a one-year […]

Vincenzo Nibali Takes Home Pink Jersey

BRESCIA, Italy, May 26 – As soon as Vincenzo Nibali took to the saddle of a racing bike he began to represent Italian cycling’s dream of a future world champion. Sunday’s Giro d’Italia victory fulfilled the hopes of a nation that had been waiting and watching since Nibali won the Tour of Spain in 2010 […]

Vincenzo Nibali Wins Stage 20; Overall Victory All But Assured

(Reuters) – Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali all but sealed overall victory in the Giro d’Italia after battling through a snowstorm and sub-zero temperatures to take his second stage win of the race deep in the Dolomite mountains on Saturday. His helmet, bike and race clothes caked in snow, Nibali raised first his right arm and then […]

Giovanni Visconti Wins His Second Stage Of The Giro d’Italia

VICENEZA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Giovanni Visconti recorded his second stage win of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday to give his Movistar team their third straight victory and their fourth overall in the 2013 race. His compatriot Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead as the race reached its crucial final three mountain stages. Visconti, who […]

Vincenzo Nibali On Course To Win Giro

REUTERS – Benat Intxausti of Spain won the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, and favourite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead as the race entered the final week. Intxausti won in a time of 5 hours, 52 minutes, 48 seconds, along the hilly 238 kilometres from Valloire, France, to Ivrea beating Tanel […]

Giovanni Visconti Grinds Out Win In Weather Shortened Stage 15

COL DU GALIBIER, France (Reuters) – Italian Vincenzo Nibali successfully contained his rivals’ attacks on the Giro d’Italia’s toughest high mountain stages on Sunday to take a big step towards overall victory. Nibali finished seventh in the stage, won by compatriot Giovanni Visconti, to retain the overall lead one minute 26 secones ahead of Australia’s […]


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