Alison Powers leads the Women's Prestige Series after stop no. 1 and the Providence festival launches a gran fondo
Cobo, Klöden among top names for Friday’s start; American Jamis-Sutter Home team will make European debut
- 1. Ben Swift (GB), Sky, in 3:30:00
- 2. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Sp), Movistar, s.t.
- 3. Ruben Perez Moreno (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
- 4. Theo Bos (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.
- 5. Manuel Belletti (I), Colnago-CSF, s.t.
- 1. Xavier Tondo Volpini (Sp), Movistar, in 17:01:40
- 2. Bauke Mollema (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:09
- 3. Igor Anton Hernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:17
- 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (I), Colnago-CSF, at 0:40
- 5. Jerome Coppel (F), Saur-Sojasun, at 0:47
Ben Swift (Sky) took a bunch sprint as Xavier Tondo (Movistar) secured overall victory in the final stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León in northern Spain.
Quick results Stage 4
- 1. Alberto Contador Velasco (Sp), SaxoBank-Sungard, 11.2km in 13:42
- 2. Richie Porte (Aus), SaxoBank-Sungard, at 0:01
- 3. Xavier Tondo Volpini (Sp), Movistar, at 0:02
- 4. Bauke Mollema (Nl), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:15
- 5. Alex Dowsett (GB), Team Sky, at 0:19
- 1. Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spain), Movistar , 13:31:40
- 2. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:09
- 3. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spain), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:17
- 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy), Colnago-CSF, at 0:40
- 5. Jerome Coppel (France), Saur-Sojasun, at 0:47
Alberto Contador wins the fourth stage of the Vuelta Castilla y Leon and Xavier Tondo takes the leader's jersey.
talian Filippo Savini (Colnago-CSF Inox) won Friday’s “queen stage” at the Vuelta a Castilla y León while Dutch rider Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) takes the leader’s jersey on a day that ended on a frustrating note for pre-race favorite Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard).
Quick results Stage
- 1. Filippo SAVINI (ITA), Colnago-CSF , 3:58:25
- 2. Bauke MOLLEMA (NED), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:07
- 3. Domenico POZZOVIVO (ITA), Colnago-CSF, at 0:07
- 4. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:10
- 5. Xavier TONDO VOLPINI (ESP), Movistar, at 0:10
- 1. Bauke MOLLEMA (Netherlands), Rabobank Cycling Team , 13:17:52
- 2. Xavier TONDO VOLPINI (Spain), Movistar, at 0:03
- 3. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ (Spain), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:03
- 4. Domenico POZZOVIVO (Italy), Colnago-CSF, at 0:06
- 5. Dario David CIONI (Italy), Team Sky, at 0:14
- 1. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, (ESP) Movistar, in 5:06:23
- 2. Sergio Miguel Vieira RIBEIRO, (POR) , at 0
- 3. Russell DOWNING, (GBR) Team Sky, at 0
- 4. Aitor GALDOS ALONSO, (ESP) Caja Rural, at 0
- 5. Ruben PEREZ MORENO, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0
- 1. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, (Spain) Movistar, in 9:19:20
- 2. Russell DOWNING, (Great Britain) Team Sky, at 0
- 3. Manuel BELLETTI, (Italy) Colnago-CSF, at 0
- 4. Ruben PEREZ MORENO, (Spain) Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0
- 5. Luke ROBERTS, (Australia) SaxoBank-Sungard, at 0
VALLADOLID, Spain (VN) – Alberto Contador says he is staying focused on racing and leaving his pending legal battle in the hands of his advisors and legal team.
Things are never easy for Alberto Contador these days. The start of Wednesday’s first stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León was delayed when the president of the jury demanded to see Contador’s racing license.
Stage 1: Medina de Ríoseco - Palencia
- 1. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI (ESP), Movistar, in 4:12:57
- 2. Manuel BELLETTI (ITA), Colnago-CSF, s.t.
- 3. Marko KUMP (SLO), Geox-TMC, s.t.
- 4. Luke ROBERTS (AUS), SaxoBank-Sungard, s.t.
- 5. Russell DOWNING (GBR), Team Sky, s.t.
- 1. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI (Spain), Movistar, in 4:12:57
- 2. Manuel BELLETTI (Italy), Colnago-CSF, s.t.
- 3. Marko KUMP (Slovenia), Geox-TMC, s.t.
- 4. Luke ROBERTS (Australia), SaxoBank-Sungard, s.t.
- 5. Russell DOWNING (Great Britain), Team Sky, s.t.
Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) will make his season debut at the Vuelta a Murcia in March.
Hooligans have destroyed a “monument” dedicated to the spot where Lance Armstrong broke his clavicle in last year’s Vuelta a Castilla y León.
It’s been a long time coming, but Basque climber Igor Antón finally scored another mountaintop victory on Spanish roads in Friday’s summit finish at the Vuelta a Castilla y León ahead of pre-race favorite Alberto Contador (Astana).
Alberto Contador is hoping to use this week’s Castilla y León tour – which clicks into gear Wednesday – as a springboard into the Ardennes classics.
It’s another busy week in Europe, highlighted by the Vuelta a Castilla y León in northern Spain and the Amstel Gold Race in the Limburg region of Holland.
Alberto Contador will lead Astana at the Vuelta Castilla y Leon (April 14-18), along with his usual lieutenants, notably David de la Fuente and Benjamin Noval.
Following a tough win at Paris-Nice, defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has reconfigured his racing schedule for the next two months.
Caisse d’Epargne has inked a deal with Spanish all-rounder Juan José Cobo to join the team for 2010. The team announced that Cobo, who won stages at the Vuelta a España and the Vuelta a Castilla y León this year, will round out its lineup for the upcoming season. Cobo, 28, joins several new top veterans heading to the Spanish-based, French-backed team. Also set to join Caisse d’Epargne in 2010 are Marzio Bruseghin, Christophe Moreau and former King of the Mountains winner Juan Manuel Soler.
Tom Danielson was back in the winner’s column last weekend with victory in the individual time trial at the five-day Vuelta a Burgos in Spain. It marked Danielson’s first European victory since 2006 and the end of a long comeback from the injuries that nearly derailed his career. The Garmin-Slipstream rider ended up third overall at Burgos, a promising result that indicates the worst is behind Danielson as he turns his attention next to the Vuelta a España, a race in which he’s already twice finished in the top 10.
Lance Armstrong has an eighth Tour de France crown within his sights thanks to Astana’s domination in Tuesday’s team time trial, but he admitted that it won’t be easy. After barnstorming to seven straight Tour victories before retiring in 2005, Armstrong acknowledged Tuesday that trying to win for an unprecedented eighth time is more difficult than he expected.
Two stage races and two victories, not a bad start to the 2009 season for Levi Leipheimer. The Tour of California champion finished safely in the bunch in Friday’s final stage behind winner Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) to wrap up the overall victory in the five-day stage race across northern Spain.
Juan José Cobo (Fuji-Servetto) attacked with just under 2km to go to win Thursday’s 145.4km “queen stage” over two first-category climbs at the 24th Vuelta a Castilla y León. Cobo, who started nearly three minutes out of the GC fight, timed it just right to bolt clear of a reduced pack of leaders to win for the first time this season.
Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) sprinted to his first victory of the 2009 season in Wednesday’s third stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) crossed safely with the pack in the second-category summit finish at the San Isidro ski area to retain the overall leader’s jersey he claimed after winning Tuesday’s individual time trial.
Levi Leipheimer roared to victory in the name of Lance Armstrong a day after the seven-time Tour de France champion crashed out of the Vuelta a Castilla y León in northern Spain. Leipheimer topped Astana teammate Alberto Contador in a windy, flat 28.2km individual time trial Tuesday by 16 seconds to win in his European season debut.
Very few people will be talking about the biggest win of Joaquín Sobrino’s career. The Burgos Monumental rider sped to victory in the opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León, but the world’s media were focused on the crash involving Lance Armstrong (Astana) with about 15km to go. The seven-time Tour de France winner went down in a nasty pileup as the peloton was completing its chase of a four-man breakaway and left the race in an ambulance (see main story).
Lance Armstrong crashed hard in Monday’s opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Palencia, Spain. Race organizers and the Astana team doctor confirmed that the seven-time Tour de France champion had broken his right collarbone after Armstrong underwent an X-ray at a hospital in the city of Valladolid. “Lance suffered a fracture of the middle third of the right collarbone as well as some bruises on his right hip and arm,” said team doctor Pedro Celaya, who was with Armstrong at the hospital.