Cycling - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cycling Jungels wins 15th stage as Dumoulin keeps pink jersey BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — Bob Jungels took a sprint ahead of several overall favorites to win the crash-filled 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, while Tom Dumoulin had six seconds shaved off his overall lead in the final leg before the high mountains. Jungels, of Luxembourg with the Quick Step team, surged past Nairo Quintana and Thibaut Pinot at the... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:00:00Z Huffman wins stage, Bennett overall at Tour of California PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — George Bennett was in shock after winning the time trial at the Tour of California. Shock hardly describes how he felt on Saturday. After taking the overall race lead with a magnificent ride against the clock in the penultimate stage, the New Zealand rider managed to mark his closest competitors on the way to Pasadena. He finished safely in the chasin... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:51:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:51:00Z Dumoulin wins 14th Giro stage to extend overall lead OROPA, Italy (AP) — Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin put in a perfect performance on the tough climb up to Oropa to win the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia and extend his overall lead on Saturday. Dumoulin edged out Ilnur Zakarin at the end of the 131-kilometer (81-mile) route from Castellania, beating the Russian by three seconds. Mikel Landa was third, nine seconds behind. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:04:00 GMT 2017-05-20T19:04:00Z Dibben wins stage, Bennett into Tour of California lead BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — George Bennett woke up Friday feeling downright miserable. He was miserable physically after the grueling fifth stage of the Tour of California that took riders on the arduous climb up Mount Baldy. And he felt miserable mentally after finishing the stage a scant six seconds behind Rafal Majka for the overall race lead. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-05-20T00:28:00Z Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia TORTONA, Italy (AP) — Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage victory at the Giro d'Italia on Friday in his Grand Tour debut. Gaviria came from the back and around the right side of the sprinters to edge Sam Bennett and win the 13th stage. Jasper Stuyven was third at the end of the completely flat 167-kilometer (104-mile) route from Reggio Emilia to Tor... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:46:00Z B samples confirm 2 Italian cyclists doped before Giro MILAN (AP) — Italian cycling team Bardiani CSF has begun proceedings to sack Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi for positive doping tests before the Giro d'Italia. The duo was dropped from the Giro on the eve of their nation's biggest race after being caught in an out-of-competition test. The UCI said their B samples also tested positiv... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:55:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:55:00Z Talansky climbs to Stage 5 win in Tour of California MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Talansky's consolation prize was merely a signature victory on arguably the most famous climb in North America, the grueling ascent of Mount Baldy during the Tour of California. The American rider sprinted clear of overall leader Rafal Majka as the duo approached the top Thursday, throwing his arms in the air in exhausted... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:08:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:08:00Z Gaviria claims his 3rd Giro stage win, Dumoulin keeps lead REGGIO EMILIA, Italy (AP) — Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to earn his third victory in his first Grand Tour. Gaviria, who rides for Quick-Step Floors, edged Italian rival Jakub Mareczko at the end of the 229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Forli to Reggio Emilia. Sam Bennett of Ireland was... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:44:00Z Huffman wins from breakaway in Stage 4 of Tour of California SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Evan Huffman had spent nearly the entire day in a breakaway with four other riders at the Tour of California, his energy drained and his legs pushed to the limit in an effort to stay away. Yet his mind couldn't help but wander. Huffman thought back to last year's stage into Santa Clarita, when he was part of a breakaway that a... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:50:00Z Fraile wins 11th stage of Giro; Dumoulin protects lead BAGNO DI ROMAGNA, Italy (AP) — Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia after being on the attack for most of the day Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin kept the overall leader's pink jersey he earned a day earlier. Amid a group of four breakaway riders, Fraile outsprinted former world champion Rui Costa and Pierre Rolland to take his fi... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:08:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:08:00Z US motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden hit by car while cycling MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP) — American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden has been hit by a car while training on his bicycle. The Superbike World Championship says the incident occurred Wednesday along the Rimini coast. Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Injury deta... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:24:00Z Netherlands makes first budget surplus in almost a decade THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government says it had a budget surplus last year for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008, thanks to lower than expected spending and higher than forecast revenues. The government said Wednesday in its financial report for 2016 that, as well as a surplus of 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion), the nationa... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:25:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:25:00Z World champ Sagan wins Stage 3 of Tour of California MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — Peter Sagan was so far back of the leaders after making the final turn to the finish, and turned up the speed so quickly to overcome them, that he couldn't even remember which riders he passed. All he had to do was look at the final standings. The world champion freelanced through the peloton near the end of the third stage of the... Wed, 17 May 2017 01:22:00 GMT 2017-05-17T01:22:00Z Dumoulin dominates 'wine trial' to take Giro d'Italia lead MONTEFALCO, Italy (AP) — Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin dominated an individual time trial through Umbria's winemaking region to take the pink jersey after the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Dumoulin, who also won time trials in last year's Giro and Tour de France, set the pace on the 40-kilometer (25-mile) route from Foligno to Montefalco, where Sagrantino wine is pr... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:34:00Z 1997 Tour winner Ullrich to work at classic race in Cologne COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, who admitted to doping in 2013, says he is returning to cycling as sporting director of the classic Rund um Koeln race in Cologne. Ullrich tells the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper it's "a great honor" to be part of his "absolute favorite race" on June 11. Ullrich won the event in 2003. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:34:00 GMT 2017-05-16T09:34:00Z Kittel takes opening stage in sprint at Tour of California SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcel Kittel's only previous attempt at the Tour of California ended early, when a bout of knee inflammation forced the German sprinter to withdraw. This year's showing is already off to a much better start. Kittel took advantage of a textbook lead-out from his Quick-Step Floors teammates to hold off Peter Sag... Mon, 15 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-15T01:00:00Z Van der Breggen tops Hall to win Women's Tour of California SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anna van der Breggen started the final stage of the Tour of California trailing by a second. She finished it ahead by a second. The Olympic road race champion picked up two seconds on Katie Hall at an intermediate check and carried the slimmest of advantages all the way to the finish line Sunday, celebrating her fourth win of the season with a new c... Mon, 15 May 2017 00:55:00 GMT 2017-05-15T00:55:00Z Quintana takes Giro lead as crash slows other contenders ROCCAMORICE, Italy (AP) — Nairo Quintana rode away from his main rivals up the grueling climb to Blockhaus to win the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia and take the leader's pink jersey in a leg that was marred by a mass crash involving a police motorbike. The crash Sunday virtually ended the overall title hopes of Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Mikel La... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:57:00Z Izaguirre wins stage, Jungels keeps Giro lead despite crash PESCHICI, Italy (AP) — Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profited from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey despite a minor crash. Izaguirre had time to raise his arms and celebrate his first individual Grand Tour win while Giovanni Visconti crosse... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:09:00Z Katie Hall wins Stage 2 to take Tour of California lead SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Katie Hall kept churning over the final climb during the second stage of the Women's Tour of California, driven ahead by the voices of her UnitedHealthcare teammates in her ear. They were saying "Suffer! You can do this! Go, go, go!" Hall recalled. So she did. All the way to the finish. Hall caught and passed Olympic champi... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:46:00Z Australia's Ewan wins 7th stage of Giro; Jungels keeps lead ALBEROBELLO, Italy (AP) — After three top-10 finishes in the opening week, Caleb Ewan of Australia finally won a stage in the Giro d'Italia on Friday. The Australian rider with the Orica Scott team claimed Stage 7 in a sprint finish for his first career Giro victory while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey. Ewan finished half a whee... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:34:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:34:00Z Defending champ Guarnier wins Tour of California opener SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — American cyclist Megan Guarnier finally has her season back on track. Just in time to ride on home soil, too. The three-time U.S. champion won the opening stage of the women's Tour of California on Thursday, pulling away from a reduced bunch on the uphill climb to the finish. It was a breakthrough win for her after a concussion sustained in he... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:07:00Z Dillier wins stage 6 of the Giro, Jungels retains lead TERME LUIGIANE, Italy (AP) — Silvan Dillier won from an early breakaway to take the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia and his first Grand Tour victory on Thursday, while Bob Jungels retained the overall lead. Dillier began his sprint with 150 meters to go on the climb to the finish and the BMC Racing rider had the power to hold off Jasper Stuyven, who bang... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:41:00Z Victorious Coryn Rivera heads home for Tour of California American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost track of the total. It stands at more than 70, by the way. But when she switched to Team Sunweb this season, and embarked on a campaign that will have her racing largely i... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:26:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:26:00Z Gaviria sprints to 2nd Giro d'Italia victory on 5th stage MESSINA, Sicily (AP) — Colombia's Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday to claim his second victory of this year's race, while Quick-Step teammate Bob Jungels remained in the overall lead. Gaviria, who won his first ever Grand Tour stage on Sunday in Sardinia, edged out Italy's Jakub Mareczko a... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:26:00 GMT 2017-05-10T16:26:00Z Slovenia's Polanc wins Giro fourth stage ETNA, Sicily (AP) — Slovenian rider Jan Polanc produced a remarkable ride after making an early breakaway to win stage four of the Giro d'Italia on the summit of Mount Etna on Tuesday. The UAE Team Emirates rider, who also won a mountain stage in the 2015 race, took a solo victory ahead of Ilnur Zakarin of Russia on the 181-kilometer (112.5-mile) stage from Cefalu with Team ... Tue, 09 May 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-05-09T18:13:00Z Tour de France champion Froome struck by car in training MONACO (AP) — Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him. The incident Tuesday morning comes less than three weeks after Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia winner, died in a collision with a van during a training ride. Froome posted a photo on Twitter o... Tue, 09 May 2017 09:28:00 GMT 2017-05-09T09:28:00Z Gaviria wins 3rd stage of Giro to move into overall lead CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to claim his first Grand Tour victory and take the leader's pink jersey from Andre Greipel. Gaviria edged out Rudiger Selig after great work from his Quick-Step team inside the final 10 kilometers (6 miles) of a windy final leg in Sar... Sun, 07 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT 2017-05-07T16:45:00Z Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead TORTOLI, Italy (AP) — Andre Greipel of Germany won a bunch sprint to take the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday and the pink jersey for the first time. Greipel edged out Roberto Ferrari at the end of the hilly 221-kilometer (137-mile) leg from Olbia to Tortoli, crossing the line in just over six hours. Jasper Stuyven was thi... Sat, 06 May 2017 18:02:00 GMT 2017-05-06T18:02:00Z Lukas Postlberger wins opening Giro stage in dream debut OLBIA, Sardinia (AP) — Lukas Postlberger had a dream Grand Tour debut as the Austrian surprisingly won the opening stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia to claim the pink jersey on Friday. Victory was expected to go to one of the top sprinters but Postlberger, a leadout man, hit the front with two kilometers to go in support of Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Sam Bennett, and when a gap ... Fri, 05 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT 2017-05-05T16:52:00Z