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Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana

Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was 'real nasty' Teuns says Vuelta a Espana lead part of his 'overall progression' as racer EF Education First suffered a knock-out blow to their Vuelta a España hopes after the squad were involved in a major crash halfway through stage 6. Team leader Rigoberto Urán was one of the worst affected, with both the Colombian and one of the team’s best climbers, Hugh Carthy, forced out of the race. Others who suffered badly in the crash were former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), and Victor de la Parte (CCC Team), both of whom abandoned. "A Jumbo-Visma rider lost control on a very fast descent," EF Education First team director Juanma Garate told Spanish TV later during the stage, "and a good chunk of our team went down with him. Both Rigo and Hugh are in..

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‘No excuses’ for de la Cruz after missing stage win and lead at Vuelta a Espana

Related ArticlesGeoghegan Hart and Poels lead Ineos at the Vuelta a Espana Elissonde replaced by De la Cruz in Team Ineos' Vuelta a Espana line-up De la Cruz glad to be at Vuelta a Espana after last-minute inclusion Team Ineos switch Vuelta a Espana focus to stage wins after time losses for two leaders David de la Cruz got Team Ineos back on the front foot after a terrible start to the Vuelta a España on Thursday, but he fell short of taking the victory or overall lead on stage 6, his struggles on the final climb hardly inspiring him with confidence despite his rise up the general classification. The Spaniard started the day 23rd overall, 4:35 down on leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), but the best-placed of Team Ineos, whose leaders Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart lost more than 10 minutes as early as stage 2. After Poels had gone on the attack on the two early climbs, De la Cruz made it into an 11-rider breakaway that formed after 50km on the 199km road from Mora de Rubielos ..

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Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day

Image 1 of 23 Monster rider of the day (Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 23 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)Image 3 of 23 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) in the first red jersey of the Vuelta (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 4 of 23 Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Image 5 of 23 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) with the spoils of victory (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 6 of 23 Fabio Jakobsen after winning stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 7 of 23 Angel Madrazo en route to a famous victory on stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 8 of 23 Dylan Teuns finishes stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 9 of 23 Quintana leads the way on the Alto Mas de la Costa (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 10 of 23 Nicolas Edet in red after stage 8 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 11 of 23 Tadej Pogacar wins stage 9 in Andorra (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)Image 12 of 23 Roglič dominated his GC competition in the stage 10 time trial (Image credit: Get..

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Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash

Related ArticlesVuelta a Espana: Madrazo wins stage 5 summit finish Valverde punches way back into contention at Vuelta a Espana Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Roglic picks up the pace on first Vuelta a Espana summit finish Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was 'real nasty' Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) have abandoned the Vuelta a España after being involved in a massive crash with less than 90km left on stage 6. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Urán, who was his team's principal hope for the GC, came into stage 6 placed sixth overall, 59 seconds behind race leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Colombian finished seventh in this year's Tour de France and in the 2018 Vuelta a España. He has previously had to abandon the Tour in 2018 and the Vuelta in 2014. It was a nightmare for EF Education First as t..

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Road marking reflectors likely cause of Lambrecht’s fatal crash, investigators say

Related ArticlesBjorg Lambrecht – Obituary Lotto Soudal ride neutralised stage 4 of Tour de Pologne to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht Lotto Soudal: Lambrecht 'is still with us' Bjorg Lambrecht's death caused by internal hemorrhage Bjorg Lambrecht laid to rest in hometown Greipel sees cycling 'in a different way' after death of former teammate Lambrecht Reflectors built into the side of the road were responsible for Bjorg Lambrecht's fatal crash at the Tour de Pologne, according to an investigation by the Public Prosecutor in Poland. The 22-year-old Lotto Soudal rider died from his injuries after the crash on stage 3 of the race earlier this month. "Two UAE Team Emirates riders close behind him saw him riding over a reflector that had been incorporated into the road surface," said prosecutor Malwina Szendzielorz-Pawela, according to Polish media reports. "As a result, he lost control of his bike, suddenly turning to the right and then to the left." Lambrecht u..

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Roglic picks up the pace on first Vuelta a Espana summit finish

Related ArticlesUran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash Primoz Roglic's bid to win his first Grand Tour remained firmly on track after the Vuelta a Espana's first summit finish, as the Slovenian star comfortably limited his losses on the climb to new race leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). After Astana and EF Education First upped the pace on the higher slopes of the Javalambre on stage 5, Roglic was able to respond to Alejandro Valverde's searing attack with five kilometres to go. Roglic could not follow Lopez's acceleration that quickly followed but he only lost 12 seconds to the Colombian climber on the stage and he worked well with Valverde to limit the gaps. His consistent performance in the mountains, ably supported by teammate Sepp Kuss and the rest of Jumbo-Visma, has allowed the Slovenian to gain four spots overall, ousting Nairo Quintana (Movistar) from second on GC. Just 14 seconds behind Lopez in the overall standings, Roglic seemed satisfie..

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Valverde punches way back into contention at Vuelta a Espana

Related ArticlesQuintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day Vuelta a Espana: Madrazo wins stage 5 summit finish Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Alejandro Valverde may be approaching 40, but the Movistar racer continues to deliver his trademark top-level performances at the Vuelta a España, moving up to fourth overall on the Alto de Javalambre with an aggressive performance. On this occasion shortly after Astana and Team EF’s Hugh Carthy had shredded the field, Valverde blasted out of the pack of shrinking favourites on the upper slopes of the Javalambre summit finish on Wednesday. Although he could not follow Miguel Ángel López when the Astana rider attacked to take the lead, Valverde rode steadily behind, with only Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) able to match the Spaniard’s pace. The two did well to lose only..

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Lopez returns to Vuelta a Espana lead after savage mountain attack

Related ArticlesLopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana Vuelta a Espana: Astana win team time trial Lopez takes his first Grand Tour leader's jersey in the Vuelta a España Vuelta a Espana: Madrazo wins stage 5 summit finish Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Four days after he gained the race lead of the Vuelta a España on its opening stage, Miguel Ángel López (Astana) is back in red again. The Colombian climber could not win on the summit finish at the observatory atop the Alto de Javalambre, but he revealed himself to be, for now at least, the strongest of the GC climbers. López powered up the final four kilometres after he crowned a blistering attack by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with an equally savage move of his own. Riding solo and without any sign of weakening, the Colombian climber crossed the line with a 12-second advantage over Valverde and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), the latter the rider he – logically – fears mo..

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Mark Cavendish to ride Six Day London

Related ArticlesMark Cavendish named in British squad for European Championships Cavendish quits Tour de Pologne for European Road Race Championships Viviani: I'm convinced I can repeat the same results at Cofidis Mark Cavendish will take to the boards again this autumn when he lines out at Six Day London, which takes place at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 22-27. The Manxman has participated in the event on two previous occasions, in 2016 and 2017. "I am incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be back competing at Phynova Six Day London in October at the iconic velodrome," Cavendish said in a statement on Wednesday. "Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world." Cavendish will share top billing at the event with Olympic om..

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