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Cycling: Contador wins in Basque Country, Martin takes time-trial

Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win in the individual time-trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around Markina-Xemein in second place just seven seconds behind Martin, a triple time-trial world champion.

Cycling: Contador wins in Basque Country, Martin takes time-trial

Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win of the race in the individual time trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around Markina-Xemein in second place just seven seconds behind Martin, a three time world time trial champion.

Cycling: Swift takes Basque fifth, Contador stays in front

Britain's Ben Swift claimed victory on the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead. Swift, riding for Team Sky, timed his sprint to the line perfectly to take the 160.2km stage from Eibar to Markina-Xemein ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in a time of 3hr 56min 56sec. Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished ninth, but didn't lose any time on the leaders to ensure he retains his 12-second lead over Valverde in the general classification.

Cycling: Swift takes Basque fifth, Contador stays in front

Britain's Ben Swift claimed victory on the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead. Swift, riding for Team Sky, timed his sprint to the line perfectly to take the 160.21km stage from Eibar to Markina-Xemein ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in a time of 3hr 56min 56sec.

Football: Swift takes Basque sixth stage, Contador stays in front

Britain's Ben Swift claimed victory on the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead. Swift, riding for Team Sky, timed his sprint to the line perfectly to take the 160.21km stage from Eibar to Markina-Xemein ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in a time of 3hr 56min 56sec.

Cycling: Matthews claims third stage in Tour of Basque Country

Australian Michael Matthews sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday. The Orica-GreenEdge rider edged Kevin Reza (Europcar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in a bunch sprint to the line to claim the 194.5km ride from Urdazbi to Vitoria-Gasteiz in just over five hours.

Cycling: Contador takes Tour of Basque country first stage

Former two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday following a 153.4km ride around Ordizia in northern Spain. The 31-year-old Spaniard came home 14 seconds clear of Movistar rider and compatriot Alejandro Valverde after the two men broke clear of the pack 8km from home. Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 23, riding for Omega-Pharma claimed third spot, 34 secs behind Contador.

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.
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