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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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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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Quintana insists that Valverde is Movistar’s Vuelta a Espana leader

Image 1 of 5 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the points jersey at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana(Image credit: getty images)Image 2 of 5 Nairo Quintana at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana(Image credit: getty images)Image 3 of 5 Alejandro Valverde leads the way at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana(Image credit: getty images)Image 4 of 5 Alejandro Valverde at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana(Image credit: getty images)Image 5 of 5 Nairo Quintana at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana(Image credit: getty images)Related ContentQuintana the Condor flies again in the Vuelta a Espana Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Valverde punches way back into contention at Vuelta a Espana The confusion surrounding Movistar's leadership hierarchy in the Vuelta a España appears to have been laid to rest after Nairo Quintana told Spanish media that teammate Alejandro Valverde is heading the squad's bid to win the race for a second time in four years. Both Quintana and Valverde have triumphed in the..

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George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was ‘real nasty’

Related ArticlesGeorge Bennett frustrated as 'accumulation of errors' shoves him down Tour de France standings Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana New Zealand’s George Bennett has described as "real nasty" the stage 6 Vuelta a España pile-up that saw four riders, including former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), abandon the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider was one of three from his team who went down, including Tony Martin and American Neilson Powless – both of whom had already crashed in the stage 1 team time trial. That crash on Saturday saw Steven Kruijswijk finally abandon on stage 4 with an injured knee, whilst after the stage 6 pile-up Bennett, like Powless and Martin, could continue to race. "I’m not sure if it was someone from EF who went down first or if it was Tony [Martin]," Bennett told reporters when asked what caused the crash. "It was real nasty. I don’t feel too good after it..

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Vuelta a Espana: Gilbert steadily building for world championships

Related ArticlesGilbert frustrated but philosophical after missing out on Tour de France place Philippe Gilbert joins Lotto Soudal on three-year contract Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 When it comes to betting on the UCI Road World Championships Road Race in September, one rider who already has worn the rainbow jersey, Belgium's Phillipe Gilbert (Deceunink-QuickStep), is surely an option that the bookies will have high on their list of possible winners. But in this year's Vuelta a España, so far, Gilbert has been flying a little bit under the radar. Deceuninck-Quick Step came within a whisker of victory in the opening team time trial – and only lost through no fault of their own – and then have taken a bunch sprint stage win with Fabio Jakobsen. Meanwhile, Gilbert is biding his time for further down the line. "It’s too bad we missed the TTT you kn..

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Teuns says Vuelta a Espana lead part of his ‘overall progression’ as racer

Related ArticlesTeuns out of San Sebastian after freak gardening injury Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana The Vuelta a España’s lead changed hands for a third time in six days on Wednesday as Bahrain-Merida’s Dylan Teuns claimed his first-ever Grand Tour overall leader’s jersey at the end of a long breakaway. Teuns was easily pipped to the line on stage 6 by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) in a two-man duel at Ares de Maestrat’s grinding uphill finish. But having left the only other GC dangerman, David de La Cruz (Team Ineos), behind with four kilometres to go, the 27-year-old Belgian was still able to wrest the lead from Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez. Second last year in the Vuelta’s Monte Oiz stage won by Michael Woods (EF Education First), this time round the Belgian’s second place on an uphill finish in the Spanish Grand Tour netted him a much bigger consolation prize...

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