CYCLING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Valverde targeting stages and podium at Giro d'Italia

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) says that he is targeting stage wins and the podium at this month’s Giro d’Italia. After 14 years as a professional, Valverde is set to lead a team at the Giro for the first time in his career. “A good result for me? Stepping onto the podium and having won one or more stages,” Valverde said in a video interview on the Movistar team’s website...
Via Cycling News
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lotto-Soudal interested in Boonen for 2017

Tom Boonen could be in the colours of Lotto-Soudal next year with the Belgian outfit targeting him for the 2017 season. According to a report in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Lotto-Soudal’s bike supplier Ridley is keen to have Boonen on-board for next year. Boonen, who is currently riding for Etixx-QuickStep, will be out of contract at the end of the season. Earlier this...
Via Cycling News
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lampre-Merida aims to sign Contador for 2017

Alberto Contador will be one of the biggest names on the transfer market this winter and Lampre-Merida have already put themselves forward as a potential new home for the Spaniard next season. Lampre-Merida team manager Giuseppe Saronni told Gazzetta dello Sport that he had made Contador with a view to signing him for next season. “We’ve already had some contact with Alberto...
Via Cycling News
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Quintana wins Tour of Romandie; Albasini gets stage win

GENEVA (AP) Nairo Quintana protected his overall lead to win the Tour of Romandie on Sunday after a final stage won by race specialist Michael Albasini. Colombian Quintana rode safely in the pack to keep his 19-second lead over Thibaut Pinot of France. Jon Izagirre of Spain was third. The Romandie race is a proven Tour de France trial and Quintana, a two-time runner-up, is targeting...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome wins Romandie mountain stage, Quintana leads overall

VILLARS-SUR-OLLON, Switzerland (AP) Chris Froome rode solo to win a rain-swept mountain stage Saturday at the Tour of Romandie, and Colombian Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead with one day left. Britain's Froome shook off Tejay van Garderen of the United States climbing to the Villars-sur-Ollon ski station, giving the two-time Romandie winner some success after a puncture...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Flech Wallonne for record 4th time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain became the first rider to win the Fleche Wallonne four times after a third straight title Wednesday. Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez was the first to attack in the brutal Mur de Huy climb but Valverde countered the move and won the sprint ahead of Julian Alaphilippe. Valverde also won the race in 2006, 2014 and 2015. The Mur de Huy...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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