Alejandro Valverde

With Contador out, WorldTour leader Valverde won’t ride Tour of Beijing

Following confirmation Monday that Alberto Contador, his sole challenger for the 2014 WorldTour title, won’t ride the Tour of Beijing, Alejandro Valverde’s Movistar team has said that he too won’t make the trip to China for the final event of this year’s series. Contador was leading the standings after winning the Vuelta a España but […]


Valverde set to win WorldTour competition as Contador confirms he’ll miss Beijing

Having crashed hard in the finale of yesterday’s Il Lombardia, Alberto Contador has renounced his planned participation in the Tour of Beijing. The Vuelta a España winner confirmed Monday via Twitter that he won’t take part, with the after-effects of the crash on the final corner of the race aggravating the same knee he hurt […]


Kwiatkowski’s initiative pays off with solo world championship victory

Taking a brilliant solo win, Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski rescued the world road race championships for his Omega Pharma QuickStep team, ensuring that the squad would take a gold medal out of the Ponferrada races. Although Kwiatkowski was racing for his national team, Omega Pharma-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere had said beforehand that he saw the […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Viviani wins Coppa Bernocchi ahead of Pozzato and Ponzi; Pozzato makes case for worlds inclusion through Coppa Bernocchi runner-up slot; Biological passport: What can teams learn from the Tiernan-Locke case?; Degenkolb hospitalised after Vuelta, will miss world championship team time trial; Glittering world championship team […]


Valverde signs contract to remain with Movistar until end of 2017

The Movistar team has rewarded Vuelta a España podium finisher Alejandro Valverde with a new contract, extending the Spaniard’s time with the squad by a further three seasons. The 34 year old had one of the best years of his career in 2014, taking third plus a stage win in the Vuelta, netting fourth in […]


Quintana hits the deck, loses race lead but can remain in Vuelta

Fifth at the first intermediate time check on the stage ten time trial in the Vuelta a España, Nairo Quintana’s bid to defend his race leader’s red jersey unravelled very soon afterwards with a high speed crash on the descent of the day’s climb. The Colombian rider was sent flying when he ran wide on […]


Vuelta race leader Quintana: If I lose time in the time trial, it won’t be much

Speaking in advance of Tuesday’s important time trial, Vuelta a España general classification leader Nairo Quintana has said that he doesn’t think he will give up much time – if any – to his rivals. The Colombian is a climbing specialist rather than an expert against the clock, although he did win the uphill time […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Valverde wins stage six of Vuelta a España ahead of Froome and Contador, takes back the lead; Dylan Teuns wins stage 5 of the Tour de l’Avenir, Miguel Lopez retains overall lead; Contador showing good form with third place on Vuelta’s first mountain stage; Despite […]


Valverde declares he’s working for Quintana despite stage win and race lead

Although he was the strongest rider on stage six of the Vuelta a España, winning the stage and taking over the red jersey of race leader, Alejandro Valverde has pledged his full support for his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana. Valverde underlined his form when he did much of the driving at the front on the […]


Valverde wins stage six of Vuelta a España ahead of Froome and Contador, takes lead

Alejandro Valverde, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador showed that they have each got the form to battle for overall victory in the Vuelta a España, with the trio finishing first, second and third on Thursday’s first real summit finish of the race. Valverde impressed greatly on the final climb of Cumbres Verdes, driving the pace […]