Cycling

Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia. Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage on Sunday, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona to beat Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia at the line. The Spaniard quickly rebounded, though, and stayed in control through the end of the race in northeastern Spain.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:57 pm
March 26 (Gracenote) - Results from Gent - Wevelgem (Deinze - Wevelgem, 249.2 km) on Sunday 1. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) 5:39:05" 2. Jens Keukeleire (Belgium / Orica) ST 3. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / BORA) +6" 4. Niki Terpstra (Netherlands / Quick-Step) 5. John Degenkolb (Germany / Trek) 6. Tom Boonen (Belgium / Quick-Step) 7. Jens Debusschere (Belgium / Lotto) 8. Michael Matthews (Australia / Sunweb) 9. Fernando Gaviria (Colombia / Quick-Step) 10. Sacha Modolo (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) 11. Maxime Vantomme (Belgium / WB - Veranclassic) 12. ...
Posted: March 26, 2017, 5:24 pm

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet of the BMC Racing Team celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Gent Wevelgem cycling race, in Wevelgem, Belgium on Sunday March 26, 2017. Belgium's Jens Keukeleire of the Orica-Scott Team finished second and Slovakia's Peter Sagan of the Bora-Hansgrohe Team finished third. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

GENT, Belgium (AP) -- Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 5:19 pm
By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde sealed a second Tour of Catalonia title in style by claiming the seventh stage on Sunday to finish one minute and three seconds ahead of compatriot Alberto Contador in the general classification. Spaniard Valverde, 36, pipped Colombian Jarlinson Pantano at the finish line to claim his third stage win in a week. Valverde had launched a late attack alongside Irishman Daniel Martin with three kilometers to go of the 138.7km race around Barcelona, which culminated with laps of Montjuic, the site of the 1992 Olympic Games village.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 1:08 pm
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde sealed a second Tour of Catalonia title in style by claiming the seventh stage on Sunday to finish one minute and three seconds ahead of compatriot Alberto Contador in the general classification. Spaniard Valverde, 36, pipped Colombian Jarlinson Pantano at the finish line to claim his third stage win in a week. Valverde had launched a late attack alongside Irishman Daniel Martin with three kilometres to go of the 138.7km race around Barcelona, which culminated with laps of Montjuic, the site of the 1992 Olympic Games village.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 1:07 pm
March 26 (Gracenote) - Final Classification from Volta a Catalunya on Sunday 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 25:27:15" 2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Trek) +1:03" 3. Marc Soler (Spain / Movistar) +1:16" 4. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +1:31" 5. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:34" 6. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step) +2:29" 7. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) +2:56" 8. Carlos Verona (Spain / Orica) +3:00" 9. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL) +3:01" 10. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +3:05" 11. Rafal Majka (Poland / BORA) +3:33" 12. ...
Posted: March 26, 2017, 12:55 pm
March 26 (Gracenote) - Results from Volta a Catalunya (Barcelona - Barcelona, 138.7 km) on Sunday 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 3:08:50" 2. Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia / Trek) ST 3. Arthur Vichot (France / FDJ) 4. Rafal Majka (Poland / BORA) 5. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step) 6. Aldemar Reyes (Colombia / Manzana Postobon) 7. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 8. Davide Formolo (Italy / Cannondale) 9. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL) 10. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 11. Michael Woods (Canada / Cannondale) 12. Carlos Verona (Spain / Orica) 13. Tejay van Garderen (U. ...
Posted: March 26, 2017, 12:55 pm
Chris Froome fell out of contention for the Tour of Catalonia after ceding over 25 minutes to leader Alejandro Valverde during the sixth stage on Saturday. A group attack that included Valverde's Movistar broke away early and left Froome behind in the peloton. The three-time Tour de France winner, who entered the stage second in the classification at 21 seconds behind Valverde, was unable to close the gap and faded the rest of the way.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:40 pm
March 25 (Gracenote) - Classification from Volta a Catalunya after Stage 6 on Saturday 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 22:18:35" 2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Trek) +53" 3. Marc Soler (Spain / Movistar) +1:06" 4. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +1:21" 5. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:24" 6. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step) +2:19" 7. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) +2:46" 8. Carlos Verona (Spain / Orica) +2:50" 9. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL) +2:51" 10. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +2:55" 11. Rafal Majka (Poland / BORA) +3:23" 12. ...
Posted: March 25, 2017, 4:59 pm
March 25 (Gracenote) - Results from Volta a Catalunya (Tortosa - Reus, 189.7 km) on Saturday 1. Daryl Impey (South Africa / Orica) 4:34:14" 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) ST 3. Arthur Vichot (France / FDJ) 4. Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic / Quick-Step) 5. Alessandro De Marchi (Italy / BMC Racing) 6. Nick van der Lijke (Netherlands / Roompot) 7. Dario Cataldo (Italy / Astana) 8. Lennard Kaemna (Germany / Sunweb) 9. Cyril Gautier (France / AG2R) 10. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step) 11. Dion Smith (New Zealand / Wanty) 12. Rafal Majka (Poland / BORA) 13. ...
Posted: March 25, 2017, 4:58 pm
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