Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tour of Britain: Elia Viviani takes number of Olympic medallists in race to six

Mark Cavendish

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won his first Olympic medal at Rio, taking silver behind Elia Viviani in the omnium

Elia Viviani will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Britain, meaning six Olympic medallists will take part in the race.

Italy’s omnium winner Viviani, 27, joins Mark Cavendish and Britain’s record medal winner Sir Bradley Wiggins on the start line.

Also competing are Welshman Owain Doull, Australia’s Jack Bobridge and Dutch time trialist Tom Dumoulin.

The tour begins in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September at 11:00 BST and ends in London on Sunday 11.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37228640

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome falls to fourth as David de la Cruz wins stage nine

Chris Froome

Froome won the Tour de France and an Olympic bronze medal earlier this year

Britain’s Chris Froome slipped to fourth in the Vuelta a Espana standings as Spain’s David de la Cruz won stage nine and took the leader’s red jersey.

Froome finished alongside his general classification rivals, two minutes 56 seconds behind De la Cruz.

The Spaniard is not expected to challenge in the overall standings but won the 164.5km stage by 27 seconds ahead of Belgian Dries Devenyns.

He overtakes Colombian Nairo Quintana, who took the red jersey on Saturday.

Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

He finished alongside Quintana and second-placed Alejandro Valverde, both of Movistar, as well as three-time champion Alberto Contador after they did not challenge De la Cruz for the stage win.

Stage nine result:

1. David de la Cruz (Spa/Etixx-Quick-Step) 3hrs 47mins 56secs

2. Dries Devenyns (Bel/IAM Cycling) +27secs

3. Moreno Moser (Ita/Cannondale) +33secs

4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) +51secs

5. Mathias Frank (Swi/IAM Cycling) same time

6. Alexandre Geniez (Fra/FDJ) +53secs

7. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol/BORA) +58secs

8. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Lotto) +1min 04secs

9. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Caja Rural) same time

10. Dylan Teuns (Bel/BMC Racing) +1min 10secs

General classification after stage nine:

1. David de la Cruz (Spa/Etix-Quick Step) 33hrs 46mins 24secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +22secs

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +41secs

4. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +49secs

5. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica Bike Exchange) +1min 19secs

6. Leopold Konig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 38secs

7. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +2mins 01sec

8. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC) +2mins 06secs

9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick Step) +2mins 07secs

10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC) +2mins 08secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37209657

Froome suffers Vuelta setback in first mountain stage

Chris Froome

Chris Froome is hoping to complete a Tour de France and Vuelta double this year

Chris Froome’s hopes of winning the Vuelta a Espana have suffered a setback after the Briton lost 33 seconds to Nairo Quintana on stage eight.

Uzbekistan’s Sergey Lagutin won the stage after being part of an 11-man breakaway on the first mountain stage.

But Colombian Quintana attacked Team Sky’s Froome on the final climb of the 181.5km stage and seized the leader’s red jersey from Darwin Atapuma.

Froome is still third in the general classification, but is 27 seconds down.

The Briton is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

Quintana’s team-mate Alejandro Valverde finished alongside Froome and is in second place, 19 seconds behind.

“We have achieved our principal objective which was to get the leader’s jersey and take some seconds off our rivals,” Quintana said.

“We started with a lot of caution because we expected the attack from Froome, he attacked and we knew how to respond.”

Three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador is up to seventh after his late surge earned him 12 seconds over Valverde and Froome.

Stage eight result

1. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb/Katusha) 4hrs 9mins 30secs

2. Axel Domont (Fra/AG2R) +10secs

3. Perrig Quemeneur (Fra/Direct Energie) +17secs

4. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Lampre) +24secs

5. Pieter Serry (Bel/Etixx-Quick-Step) +40secs

6. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (SA/Dimension Data) +55secs

7. Scott Thwaites (GB/BORA) +1min 11secs

8. Gatis Smukulis (Lat/Astana) +1min 30secs

9. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col/Katusha) same time

10. Loic Chetout (Fra/Cofidis) +1min 44secs

General classification after stage eight:

1. Nairo Quintana (Colo/Movistar) 29hrs 55mins 54secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +19secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +27secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +57secs

5. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 16secs

6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +1min 39secs

7. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Movistar) +1min 44secs

8. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1min 46secs

9. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) same time

10. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +1min 47secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37206204

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome stays third, as Calmejane wins stage four

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season

Britain’s Chris Froome remained third in the Vuelta a Espana, as France’s Lilian Calmejane won stage four.

Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido ahead of Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma who took the overall lead of the race.

American Benjamin King was third.

Froome, who is 33 seconds behind Atapuma, finished just over two minutes back alongside Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who is second in the general classification.

The Movistar rider is 29 seconds off the lead.

Overnight leader Ruben Fernandez, also of Movistar, toiled during the steep final climb – the Mirador Vixia de Herbeira – and surrendered the leader’s red jersey, slipping to seventh overall.

Team Sky’s Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

The 21-stage Vuelta is the third Grand Tour on the cycling calendar after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

Stage four result:

1. Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) 4hrs 5mins 19secs

2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) +15secs

3. Benjamin King (US/Cannondale) Same time

4. Andrey Zeits (Kaz/ Astana) +19secs

5. Nathan Haas (Aus/Dimension Data) +23secs

6. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL) +24secs

7. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +33secs

8. Chad Haga (US/Giant) +37secs

9. Jaime Roson (Spa/Caja Rural) +40secs

10. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/BORA) +42secs

General classification after stage four:

1. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) 13hrs 23mins 10secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +29secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +33secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +39secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) +1min 8secs

7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) +1min 11secs

8. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 13secs

9. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +1min 15secs

10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1mins 23secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37170291

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome stays third, as Calmejane wins stage four

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season

Britain’s Chris Froome remained third in the Vuelta a Espana, as France’s Lilian Calmejane won stage four.

Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido ahead of Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma who took the overall lead of the race.

American Benjamin King was third.

Froome, who is 33 seconds behind Atapuma, finished just over two minutes back alongside Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who is second in the general classification.

The Movistar rider is 29 seconds off the lead.

Overnight leader Ruben Fernandez, also of Movistar, toiled during the steep final climb – the Mirador Vixia de Herbeira – and surrendered the leader’s red jersey, slipping to seventh overall.

Team Sky’s Froome is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

The 21-stage Vuelta is the third Grand Tour on the cycling calendar after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

Stage four result:

1. Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) 4hrs 5mins 19secs

2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) +15secs

3. Benjamin King (US/Cannondale) Same time

4. Andrey Zeits (Kaz/ Astana) +19secs

5. Nathan Haas (Aus/Dimension Data) +23secs

6. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL) +24secs

7. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +33secs

8. Chad Haga (US/Giant) +37secs

9. Jaime Roson (Spa/Caja Rural) +40secs

10. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/BORA) +42secs

General classification after stage four:

1. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) 13hrs 23mins 10secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +29secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +33secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +39secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) +1min 8secs

7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) +1min 11secs

8. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 13secs

9. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +1min 15secs

10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1mins 23secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37170291

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