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Degenkolb vs Bling: History since the ‘tour of the future’

Michael ‘Bling’ Matthews won Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana. John Degenkolb would not have liked that. Degenkolb won Stage 4. Bling won’t exactly love that either. There’s a good reason for this.

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Australian Michael Matthews has retained his overall lead at the Tour of Spain as Germany’s John Degenkolb won the fifth stage.

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Michael Matthews feels the need for speed in La Vuelta

The 2014 Vuelta a Espana is feeling the need, the need for speed this week after Stage 3 started on a Spanish aircraft carrier.

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Is this the end for Chris Horner?

The absence of Chris Horner from the Vuelta start line suggests another old man of the sport could soon be following Jens Voigt into retirement.

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The Vuelta Stage 3 recap

It’s a common sight in pro cycling these days – seeing a team attempting to boss a stage by sending their men to the front of the peloton from a long way out.

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Vuelta could decide this year’s stage racer

Not so long ago the pro-cycling world was easy to quantify. Alberto Contador was the pre-eminent stage racer, Fabian Cancellara was numero uno when it came to races against the clock and Mark Cavendish was the undisputed sprint king.

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Eight key questions ahead of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana

Defending champion Chris Horner and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali are about the only notable absentees from the 69th edition of the Vuelta – which boasts the strongest field of any Grand Tour in recent memory.

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“Being cynical is the only thing that is still fun about cycling,” wrote Willard Ford, and I love that line so much that I might put it on a t-shirt.

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Tour’s loss, Vuelta’s Gain: Michael Matthews

My mum thinks Bling can win the Tour de France someday. And she’s probably right.

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Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn’t been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

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Thanks Jens, but don’t go too far away

Nuts. Reckless. Foolish. Lost it. An ADHD case if ever there was one.

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Is Contador really taking it easy at the Vuelta?

Alberto Contador is back for the Vuelta a Espana, and this changes everything.

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In a sport that can so often appear rendered by its dedication, and where tunnel-vision often produces the greatest spoils of success, I spoke with a guy that is contorting that fabric of expectation tied to being a professional cyclist.

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Dempster brought back to earth in the Arctic

On the crest of a wave following his Tour de France debut last month, Australia’s Zak Dempster entered the Arctic Race of Norway with high hopes of helping NetApp-Endura teammate Sam Bennett to a stage win.

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Little Italy: Aussie cycling’s new home

The Italian professional-amateur circuit is like no other around the world.

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Is Cadel back in the hunt for the Vuelta?

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Cadel Evans has ridden himself back into excellent form just in time for the Vuelta a Espana.

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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) claims victory ahead of Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in Stage 12 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line in Paris

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Chris Horner claims the General Classification lead at the 2013 Vuelta a Espana (Image: Team Sky).

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Peter Sagan

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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas

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Australia's Anna Meares prepares to compete

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Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line in Paris

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The Roar of the crowd

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 5 live commentary, blog

The Vuelta a Espana continues toward the south of Spain tonight as the third Grand Tour of the year heads towards the end of the first week of action. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 5 from 12:00am (AEST).

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 4 preview, live blog

By Matthew Boulden, 26 Aug 2014
2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 4 preview, live blog

The blistering summer weather continues as the 2014 Vuelta a Espana reaches Stage 4, 164.7 kilometres from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 4 from 12:00am (AEST).

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 3 preview, live blog

The Vuelta a Espana‘s third stage is 197.8 kilometres from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera. Alejandro Valverde is the race leader, taking the red jersey from teammate Jonathan Castroviejo on placings yesterday. Join The Roar for live updates from 12:00am (AEST).

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 2 preview

By Matthew Boulden, 24 Aug 2014
2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 2 preview

The 2014 Vuelta a Espana begins in earnest today with a 177.4 kilometre-long stage for the sprinters, snaking westwards along the coast, from Algeciras to San Fernando. Interestingly, our start-town of Algeciras lies just across the bay from the contentious topic that is Gibraltar.

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Vuelta a Espana 2014: Stage 1 live blog, preview

The third Grand Tour on this year’s cycling calendar is upon us as the 2014 Vuelta a Espana kicks off with a 12.6 km team time trial at Jerez de la Frontera. Join The Roar for live coverage from 3:00am (AEST).

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Rohan Dennis completes surprising mid-season transfer to BMC

Ahead of a reported overhaul of their squad for 2015, BMC Racing have swooped to surprisingly complete a rare mid-season transfer for young South Australian Rohan Dennis of Garmin–Sharp.

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While the 2014 Tour de France may have only recently concluded the World Tour season continues with the one day Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.

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2014 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian: Race preview

By Matthew Boulden, 2 Aug 2014
2014 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian: Race preview

While the 2014 Tour de France may have only recently concluded the World Tour season continues with the one day Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.

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How to survive the post-Tour blues

By Kurt Decker, 2 Aug 2014
How to survive the post-Tour blues

It’s been nearly a week since the final lap of the Tour de France 2014 on the Champs-Élysées. There were the jersey pressos with the Arc de Triomphe forming a magnificent back drop.

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Is Spanish cycling’s future in trouble?

By Matthew Boulden, 30 Jul 2014
Is Spanish cycling’s future in trouble?

With their heavyweight general classification contenders growing another year older, is Spanish cycling soon to experience a period of drought?

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Weakening the teams would make the Tour de France more competitive

Watching the Tour de France on television is a great spectacle, with exciting finishes and incredible scenery. Seeing a bunched peloton or a strung-out line of riders is a magnificent sight.

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Tinkoff-Saxo – the best team at the 2014 Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali has proven a worthy winner of the 2014 Tour de France. He was clearly the best rider over the three weeks. No one was able to stick with him, either on the cobbles or over the mountains.

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No excuses, no asterisk: Nibali won the Tour fair and square

The legitimacy of Tour de France winners has taken a battering the last 20 years, but on Sunday Vincenzo Nibali stood atop the dais in Paris as the undisputed winner of the 2014 Tour.

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Vincenzo Nibali: A champion we can believe in

On Sunday evening Vincenzo Nibali will ride into Paris as the first Italian champion of the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998. It’s a result that, although not too surprising, few had predicted before the race.

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[VIDEO] 2014 Tour de France: Stage 21 highlights, commentary, blog

This year’s Tour de France has certainly been eventful, but Vincenzo Nibali will hope that the final ride into Paris and on to the Champs Elysees will be a quieter affair so he can savour his final day in yellow. Join The Roar from 10:30pm (AEST) for live commentary and updates.

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Tour de France Stage 20: preview, live blog, and updates

The Tour de France enters its final piece, with Stage 20 seeing at 54km time trial for the riders. Join us for live updates from 10pm AEST.

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Tour Down Under 2013: Andre Greipel wins People's Choice Classic

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Team Sky working hard to assist GC leader Chris Froome in Stage 9 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Lance Armstrong has both

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Richie Porte

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Australia's Simon Gerrans (left) of team Orica-GreenEdge beats Germany's Andre Greipel (right) to win stage 1 of the Tour Down Under as in the Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Marcel Kittel in the maillot jaune

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