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Cycling: Rodriguez retains Catalonia lead as Van Garderen wins stage

Katusha's Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez retained the lead of the Tour of Catalonia after Thursday's fourth stage won by American Tejay Van Garderen. Rodriguez finished fourth in the gruelling 166.4km stage between Alp and the Vallter 2000 ski resort, a ride which featured ascents of five Pyrennean peaks. In the cold and fog, all the Tour's favourites came through in the same group after the final, uncategorised climb.

Cycling: Rodriguez takes charge in Catalonia, Contador hovers

Spaniard Joaquin 'Purito' Rodriguez claimed victory as the race favourites made their move on day three of the Tour of Catalonia. The Katusha rider led home compatriot Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the 162.9km ride from Banyoles to La Molina in a time of 4hrs 50 mins 54 secs. Victory also takes Rodriguez into the overall lead of the race ahead of Contador and Quintana, who are five and nine seconds behind respectively.

Cycling: Rodriguez takes charge in Catalonia, Contador hovers

Spaniard Joaquin 'Purito' Rodriguez claimed victory as the race favourites made their move on day three of the Tour of Catalonia. The Katusha rider led home compatriot Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the 162.9km ride from Banyoles to La Molina in a time of 4hrs 50 mins 54 secs. Victory also takes Rodriguez into the overall lead of the race ahead of Contador and Quintana, who are five and nine seconds behind respectively.

Cycling: Rodriguez takes stage three in Catalonia

Spaniard Joaquin 'Purito' Rodriguez claimed victory as the race favourites made their move on day three of the Tour of Catalonia. The Katusha rider led home compatriot Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in a time of 4hrs 50 mins 54 secs. Tour de France winner Chris Froome was back in fifth for Team Sky, 13 seconds behind Rodriguez. Victory also takes Rodriguez into the overall lead of the race ahead of Contador and Quintana, who are five and nine seconds behind respectively. kca/dj

Cycling: Slovenian Mezgec wins again in Catalonia

Slovenia's Luka Mezgec claimed a second stage win in as many days for Giant-Shimano on the second day of the Tour of Catalonia. Mezgec led home Italians Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) in a time of 3hrs 57mins 49secs to extend his overall advantage over Ferrari and Australia's Howard Leigh (Orica-GreeEdge) to 14 seconds in the general classification.

Cycling: Froome retains Tour of Oman crown

Britain's Tour de France champion Christopher Froome successfully defended his Tour of Oman title on Sunday following the sixth and final stage in Muscat. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Team Sky rider topped the overall classification ahead of American Tejay Van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran. The sixth stage was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel, his third stage win of the week, as he edged out Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni with Ireland's Sam Bennett third. bnl/pi/ak

Cycling: Froome sweeps through to take Oman lead

Britain's Tour de France champion Christopher Froome moved a step closer to retaining his Tour of Oman crown on Saturday when he took the overall lead after winning the fifth stage. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born rider took over from Friday's fourth-stage winner, Slovakia's Peter Sagan, at the head of the overall standings. Froome came home ahead of American Tejay van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran on the stage which finished at Jabal Al Akhdar, on the side of the Green Mountain.

Cycling: Froome sweeps through to take Oman lead

Britain's Tour de France champion Christopher Froome moved a step closer to retaining his Tour of Oman crown on Saturday when he took the overall lead after winning the fifth stage. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born rider took over from Friday's fourth-stage winner, Slovakia's Peter Sagan, at the head of the overall standings. Froome came home ahead of American Tejay van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran on the stage which finished at Jabal Al Akhdar, on the side of the Green Moutain.

Cycling: Greipel takes Tour of Oman first stage

Andre Greipel of Germany won a sprint finish to take the first stage of the Tour of Oman cycle race in Muscat on Tuesday. Greipel, who became the first rider to don the leader's red jersey, edged ahead of Australia's Leigh Howard and Nicola Ruffoni of Italy crossing the finishing line at Nassen Garden. Greipel, who rides for the Lotto team, has got his season off to a fine start with two stage wins in Australia, in the Tour Down Under, and another in last week's Tour of Qatar.

Cycling: Tour de France champion Froome eyes Oman win

Tour de France champion Christopher Froome says he wants to show last year's success was no fluke as he kicks off his 2014 campaign in the Tour of Oman that starts Tuesday. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Briton built up the momentum to take cycling's most prestigious title with a victory last year in Oman and hopes to put down a marker in a field full of strong rivals. "I want to back up everything I achieved last season and prove to people that I am a legitimate champion," Froome told his Team Sky's website.
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