Nairo Quintana

Commentary: How the sabotage of the Tour Del Café highlights big problems in Colombian cycling

Earlier this month, Nairo Quintana took his second Grand Tour victory, beating Tour de France champion Chris Froome at the Vuelta a España and marking himself out as one of the biggest stars in the sport. He shared the podium with Colombian compatriot Esteban Chaves. However, beyond Quintana and Chaves and a handful of other WorldTour …

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Quintana extends until end of 2019 as Movistar sponsorship continues

One day after winning his second career Grand Tour, Nairo Quintana has committed his future to his Movistar team and will continue to race there for at least three more seasons. The Spanish squad announced the news at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid, and also said that the Movistar brand owner had indicated a similar …

Evolution vs. excitement: Should power meters be banned during races?

Has the use of power meters made professional cycling predictable and unexciting? Two Grand Tour champions at the Vuelta a España think so; one does not. Tuesday, in a press conference held during the Vuelta’s rest day, Alberto Contador was asked — due to his failed tactics on Stage 10 to Lagos de Covadonga — whether he thought …

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Preview: What you should know about the 2016 Vuelta a España

It’s late August, which means it’s time for the third and final Grand Tour of the year: the Vuelta a España. Starting Saturday and running through September 11, the Vuelta is the Grand Tour that attracts the least attention. But with a tough course and a strong start list that includes three Grand Tour champions, this …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 21

Photography by Cor Vos, Kristof Ramon, BrakeThrough Media Puting a positive spin on a frustrating Tour de France that had delivered one close call but no sprint victories, Andre Greipel’s (Lotto-Soudal) victory in his German national champion’s jersey. “I can’t describe it,” Grepiel said. “I’m just super proud of what we’ve achieved today. I’ve raced …

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Andre Greipel takes final sprint victory on Champs-Elysees, Chris Froome wins third Tour de France

Putting a positive spin on a frustrating Tour de France that had delivered one close call but no sprint victories, Andre Greipel’s long journey through the Pyrenees and the Alps paid off on the Champs-Élysées in Paris with a stage victory in his German national champion’s jersey. Greipel, who had taken at least one stage win in every Grand …

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Ion Izagirre descends to Stage 20 win, Froome on cusp of third Tour de France victory

The penultimate stage of the 2016 Tour de France finished with a precarious descent of the Col de la Joux Plane Saturday in pouring rain, and at the bottom, Ion Izagirre (Movistar) demonstrated world-class descending skills to  take the first victory for Spain at this year’s Tour. Izagirre gapped off Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) to …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 19

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber Rain and mountain descents made for a wild day at the Tour de France Friday, as Roman Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) took the Stage 19 win and moved from fifth overall into second, Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed and finished, bloodied, on a teammate’s bike, and second-placed Bauke …

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France, at last! Bardet solos to stage win as Froome bloodied in wild day at Tour de France

Rain and mountain descents made for a wild day at the Tour de France Friday, as Roman Bardet took the Stage 19 win and moved from fifth overall into second, Chris Froome crashed and finished, bloodied, on a teammate’s bike, and second-placed Bauke Mollema imploded while chasing back from a crash, losing any hope of …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 18

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome held off all comers on the stage 18 uphill time trial in Megève Thursday, taking the stage win and extending his lead in the general classification. Froome (Team Sky) finished the 17km (10.36mi) solo effort with a time …

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