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Young Portuguese rider Alberto Rui Costa was rewarded for his bravery in taking part in a long breakaway as he won the eighth stage of the Tour de France in Super-Besse Saturday.

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Vinokourov claims Tour stage victoryupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 12:19:00

Alexandre Vinokourov rode away from the peloton in the final 7km to claim victory in stage 13 of the Tour de France, although there were no changes to the overall classification with Andy Schleck retaining the yellow jersey.

Australian Gerrans claims Vuelta stage winupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 13:18:00

Australian Simon Gerrans won the 169km 10th stage of the Vuelta Espana as Alejandro Valverde retained the race leader's gold jersey he took from Cadel Evans on Monday.

New Zealand's Henderson wins Vuelta stageupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 14:22:00

Team Columbia's Greg Henderson scored a surprise victory in the third stage of the Tour of Spain on Monday as he won a bunch sprint in Venlo.

Ciolek climbs to second with Vuelta stage winupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 14:03:00

German rider Gerald Ciolek won the second stage of the Vuelta Espana on Sunday to move into second place overall behind prologue victor Fabian Cancellara.

Cancellara claims victory in Vuelta prologueupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 08:54:00

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara claimed the Vuelta Espana golden jersey on Saturday with victory in the opening time-trial in the Dutch city of Assen.

Astana confirm Vinokourov for Tour of Spainupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 16:50:00

Astana have confirmed that Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan will return to the team for the Tour of Spain, the third of three major cycling tours, which begins on Saturday.

Vinokourov ban confirmed for two yearsupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 12:11:00

Kazakh cyclist Alexander Vinokourov will be free to launch his competitive comeback before the end of next month following a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in Switzerland on Tuesday. Cyclist Detained for Doping in Raceupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 14:25:00

French police detained Spanish cyclist Moises Duenas Nevado on Wednesday after he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO during the Tour de France

Beltran out of Tour after positive testupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 16:34:00

Veteran Liquigas rider Manuel Beltran has been arrested and kicked off the Tour de France after testing positive for the blood-booster EPO.

Astana scramble to prepare for Giroupdated: Mon May 05 2008 06:38:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and his Astana team are facing a hasty scramble to compete in the Giro d'Italia after receiving a late invitation to take part in a race from which they were originally barred.

Astana are back in the Giro d'Italiaupdated: Sat May 03 2008 13:51:00

The Astana team enjoyed a good day when Andreas Kloeden strengthened his grip on the Tour de Romandie and they were told that they would be allowed to compete in the Giro d'Italia after all.

Kloeden takes yellow jersey in Romandie updated: Fri May 02 2008 12:42:00

German Andreas Kloeden won the third stage of the Tour de Romandie and took the overall lead in Sion.

Final Tour line-up excludes Astanaupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 15:31:00

Tour de France organizers have confirmed their earlier decision to exclude the Astana team of 2007 champion Alberto Contador from the 20-strong line-up for the July cycling classic.

Contador's Astana snubbed by Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 10:29:00

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will be unable to defend his title after organizers excluded his new Astana team from competing in cycling's most prestigious race.

Vinokourov 'finished' with cyclingupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 05:56:00

Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov is reportedly retiring from the sport after being handed a one-year ban for doping.

Organizers unveil 2008 Tour route updated: Thu Oct 25 2007 12:42:00

Tour de France organizers unveiled the 2008 route on Thursday which contains fewer mountain climbs, less time trialling in tandem with some radical rule changes which they hope will lead to a more exciting battle for the yellow jersey.

Astana on track for 2008 licenseupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 00:20:00

The Astana cycling team, battling to overcome a series of doping scandals, applied for a new ProTour license and will retain its sponsor through 2010.

Kashechkin is fired by Astana teamupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 00:23:00

Kazakh cyclist Andrey Kashechkin has been sacked by his Astana team following confirmation of a positive test for blood doping.

Evans out to take chance in Spainupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 00:14:00

The three-week Tour of Spain begins in Vigo this Saturday but last year's first three will be missing because of proven, or suspected doping offenses.

Astana plan to return in Septemberupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 02:27:00

Embattled cycling team Astana, who have been hit by a series of high-profile doping cases in recent months, will resume racing in September at the Plouay Grand Prix in France.

Tour rolls on in shadow of scandalupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 02:22:00

The Tour de France continued on Thursday with a shadow hanging over its future as European newspapers called for the historic race to be stopped in the wake of a string of doping scandals that critics say have undermined its integrity. More Scandal at the Tour de Franceupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 11:00:00

Top riders depart the race and a sport struggles with its reputation

Rasmussen wins in scandal-hit Tourupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 01:22:00

The Tour de France continued Wednesday amid a doping scandal that has seen the pre-race favorite sent home in disgrace and doubts over the integrity of the man wearing the coveted yellow jersey. Austin Murphy: Vinokourov's bust tragic as Tour tries to clean upupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 04:30:00

PAU, France -- No matter who wins this race, it seems destined to go down as the Tour dominated by talk of Alexandre Vinokourov's blood.

Contador wins dramatic Tour stageupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 04:33:00

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen strengthened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after finishing second in a drama-filled 14th stage, won by Spaniard Alberto Contador on Sunday. Austin Murphy: Oops, Vinokourov not done yetupdated: Sat Jul 21 2007 04:18:00

ALBI, France -- I was among the score or so of reporters skulking around the lobby of the Novotel in Montpellier on Friday, hoping extract a quote from embattled race leader Michael Rasmussen of Rabobank. (The crafty Dane gave us the dodge; officials of the Danish Cycling Union, apparently, can relate). Sharing the hotel with the Rabos was Team Astana. While we loitered on the lookout for Rasmussen, Alexandre Vinokourov emerged from the dining room. With a total of 30 stitches in his knees, he made his way across the lobby with the stiff-legged gait of a man with advanced arthritis. It was clear that the podium was beyond his reach.

Vinokourov wins Tour time trial updated: Sat Jul 21 2007 00:21:00

Alexander Vinokourov put his injury woes behind him to revive his Tour de France hopes with an outstanding victory in the individual time trial 13th stage on Saturday. Austin Murphy: Barloworld surprises with second stage winupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 04:46:00

MONTPELLIER, France -- There is an unwritten rule at athletic contests in the States: no cheering in the press box. The same does not apply, apparently, to the occupants of L'Espace Presse -- basically a holding pen with two TV monitors just beyond the finish, where my ilk and I are herded in the waning moments of each stage.

Rasmussen surges to yellow jerseyupdated: Sun Jul 15 2007 03:16:00

Dane Michael Rasmussen, of Rabobank, won the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 165km run from Le Grand-Bornand to Tignes, and also took over the yellow jersey.

Gerdemann claims stage and yellowupdated: Sat Jul 14 2007 04:08:00

Germany's Linus Gerdemann of the T-Mobile team won the seventh stage of the Tour de France and claimed the race leader's yellow jersey after a dramatic first day in the Alps on Saturday. Austin Murphy: Vino, Kloeden heal up before Alpsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2007 03:36:00

Friday's flat 200-km Stage 6 through wine country came down to another riotous mass sprint taken, surprisingly, by Tom Boonen, a Belgian of Quickstep-Innergetic who much prefers to be escorted toward the finish with a more orderly lead-out than he was provided. But Boonen ham-and-egged it, Robbie McEwen-style, for his 10th win of the season, his first of this Tour. Say goodbye to the sprinters for a while. On Saturday the boys must get over a serrated colossus called the Col de la Colombiere. Boonen, Thor Hushovd and their ilk will be more concerned with making the time cut than winning the stage. Austin Murphy: Vino hopes crash doesn't kill hopesupdated: Thu Jul 12 2007 04:31:00

We knew some of the flatlanders would be shed on Thursday's Stage 5, the Tour's first foray into mountainous country. More surprising was the fabric and epidermis shed by pre-race favorite Alexandre Vinokourov, who hit the deck hard 25 km from the finish of the rippling, 184-km run from Chablis to Autun. As a splintered field approached the finish line, there was drama at either end of the race. Out front, the dashing Filippo Pozzato of Team Liquigas shot up the left side of the road, barely managing to hold off Rabobank's Oscar Freire for the win. With that resolved, all eyes turned to the clock, to see how much time (and blood) Vinokourov had lost.

Moreau does enough to clinch prizeupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 13:00:00

France's Christophe Moreau won the Dauphine Libere on Sunday after the final stage of this Tour de France warm-up went to Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov.

Kloeden clinches Adriatico triumphupdated: Tue Mar 20 2007 12:19:00

Germany's Andreas Kloeden won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Tuesday and said his main target for the year is a Tour de France triumph.

Second consecutive stage for Riccoupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 13:43:00

Italy's Riccardo Ricco of the Saunier Duval team is the new leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico race after taking his second consecutive stage victory.

UCI gives ProTour status to Astanaupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 04:26:00

Spain's Astana team will be part of the ProTour peloton next season after being belatedly granted a license by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Climber Rujano agrees Unibet dealupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 15:29:00

Venezuelan cyclist Jose Rujano, whose climbing exploits helped him to third place in the 2005 Tour of Italy, has signed for Unibet, the team have announced.

Bettini planning a busy scheduleupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 14:41:00

Paolo Bettini will ride his first race as cycling's road race world champion on Sunday at the Zuri Metzgete ProTour race in Zurich.

Cancellara takes world time trialupdated: Thu Sep 21 2006 11:08:00

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara has won the elite men's time trial title at the world road race championships.

Vinokourov takes the Tour of Spainupdated: Sun Sep 17 2006 12:30:00

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the 61st Tour of Spain on Sunday, 72 seconds ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

Anton claims mountainous stage winupdated: Tue Sep 12 2006 12:42:00

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde took a step towards overall victory in the Tour of Spain when he finished second behind Igor Anton on stage 16.

Vinokourov wins but Valverde leadsupdated: Sun Sep 03 2006 11:47:00

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov won a second successive stage at the Tour of Spain on Sunday ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde who moved into the overall race lead.

Vinokourov ends wait for stage winupdated: Sat Sep 02 2006 09:56:00

Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov recovered from his disappointment 24 hours earlier to win stage eight of the Tour of Spain on Saturday.

Kloeden leaving Telekom for Astanaupdated: Sat Aug 26 2006 06:35:00

German Andreas Kloeden, third in this year's Tour de France, has confirmed he will join the Astana team next season from T-Mobile.

Gusev victory in German time trialupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 12:54:00

Russian Vladimir Gusev won Tuesday's time trial prologue at the Tour of Germany by edging rising home talent Linus Gerdemann in Duesseldorf.

Vinokourov to become Astana chiefupdated: Sun Jul 02 2006 13:22:00

Alexander Vinokourov has said that his Astana-Wuerth team will end its remaining connections with Spanish cycling supremo Manolo Saiz following his implication in the latest doping scandal to hit the sport.

Top duo Ullrich, Basso out of Tourupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 07:54:00

Tour de France favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are both out of the race after being suspended by their teams because their names appear in a doping investigation in Spain.

Vinokourov pleads for Tour place updated: Wed Jun 28 2006 11:20:00

Kazakh star Alexandre Vinokourov defied Tour de France chiefs Wednesday by flying into Strasbourg with his Astana team determined to start the race.

Astana asked to withdraw from Tourupdated: Mon Jun 26 2006 16:42:00

The Astana team has been asked to withdraw from the Tour de France in the wake of the doping scandal in Spain -- organisers have said.

Astana-Wuerth get Tour green lightupdated: Thu Jun 22 2006 10:04:00

The scandal-hit Astana-Wuerth team has been given the go-ahead to ride in the Tour de France by cycling's world govening body, the UCI.

German Wegmann takes Dauphine leadupdated: Mon Jun 05 2006 14:29:00

German Fabian Wegmann took the overall lead in the Dauphine Libere race on Monday after winning the first stage.

Kashechkin climbs to stage triumphupdated: Sat Mar 11 2006 11:51:00

Andrey Kashechkin broke clear on the last of the eight climbs to win the 179km sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Saturday.

Boonen burst seals world road goldupdated: Sun Sep 25 2005 10:53:00

Belgium's Tom Boonen unleashed a devastating late sprint to claim cycling's world road race championship in Madrid on Sunday.

Rogers grabs time-trial hat-trick updated: Thu Sep 22 2005 12:56:00

Australian Michael Rogers completed a hat-trick of men's elite time-trial triumphs when he powered his way to gold at cycling's world championship in Madrid.

Zaballa triumphs in San Sebastien updated: Sat Aug 13 2005 11:30:00

Spaniard Constantino Zaballa of the Saunir Duval team won the one-day San Sebastian Classic, the 20th ProTour race, held over 227km on Saturday.

Savoldelli adds to Discovery gloryupdated: Wed Jul 20 2005 12:11:00

Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli completed a near-perfect Tour de France for Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel team when he won the race's longest stage into Revel.

Vinokourov to leave T-Mobile squadupdated: Wed Jul 20 2005 06:42:00

Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov has dropped a bombshell on his T-Mobile team by announcing that he will leave them at the end of the season.

Armstrong increases Tour advantageupdated: Sat Jul 16 2005 11:17:00

Lance Armstrong extended his overall Tour de France lead after Saturday's 220.5km 14th stage - the first in the Pyreneean mountains - was won by Georg Totschnig of Austria.

Armstrong withstands T-Mobile bidupdated: Sat Jul 09 2005 11:03:00

Lance Armstrong held on to the race leader's yellow jersey in the face of repeated attacks by Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile squad as the riders contested the first major climbs of this year's Tour de France.

Botero emerges as Tour contender updated: Sat Jun 11 2005 12:08:00

Colombia's Santiago Botero has emerged as one of Lance Armstrong's main Tour de France rivals with a second stage victory in the Dauphine Libere on Saturday.

Vinokourov emerges as man to beatupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 13:14:00

Alexandre Vinokourov won Thursday's fourth stage of the Dauphine Libere, beating six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong into fourth place.

Blow as Rebellin ruled out of Giroupdated: Tue May 03 2005 12:36:00

Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin has ruled himself out of the Giro d'Italia just days before the prologue in Reggio Calabria, ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Kazakh triumphs in oldest classicupdated: Sun Apr 24 2005 11:54:00

An emotional Alexandre Vinokourov claimed his second victory in a one-day classic and gave his T-Mobile team its first big win of a difficult season by triumphing in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday.

Cancellara wins as Armstrong quitsupdated: Thu Mar 10 2005 10:51:00

Fabian Cancellara seized the lead in the Paris-Nice cycling race on Thursday after a fourth stage marked by the exit of Lance Armstrong with a sore throat.

McEwen win marred by Zberg injuryupdated: Tue Jun 15 2004 13:16:00

Australian Robbie McEwen claimed his second stage success of this year's Tour of Switzerland on Tuesday after winning a bunch sprint to the finish.

Vinokourov misses Tour de Franceupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 13:35:00

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov has pulled out of next month's Tour de France after a fall during the Tour of Switzerland, his German T-Mobile team said Monday.

Rasmussen claims long solo victoryupdated: Sat Jun 12 2004 13:19:00

Former mountain bike world champion Michael Rasmussen has won the sixth stage of the Dauphine Libere after breaking away from the start.

Rebellin grabs second race triumphupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 11:16:00

Davide Rebellin of Italy took his second big race inside a week on Wednesday when he triumphed in the Fleche Wallonne spring cycling classic in Belgium.

Beloki makes comeback after crashupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 07:54:00

Spaniard Joseba Beloki, sidelined since his spectacular crash in the Tour de France last year, returns to competition in the Criterium race on Saturday.

Vinokourov claims Paris-Nice stageupdated: Sat Mar 13 2004 11:56:00

Kazahkstan's Alexander Vinokourov, Paris-Nice winner for the last two years, clinched his second win of the 2004 race with a fine solo effort in Saturday's seventh stage.

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