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Valverde believes Nibali is getting unfair advantage

By Alasdair Fotheringham CALAHORRA, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde believes some riders in the Tour of Spain, including overall leader Vincenzo Nibali, are getting an unfair advantage by using helicopters to get back to their team hotels. Speaking on Tuesday's rest day, Valverde told reporters that with most riders having already raced in one Grand Tour this season, general fatigue was a bigger factor than usual.

Cycling: Barguil wins second Vuelta stage, Nibali lead cut

Frenchman Warren Barguil clinched his second stage win in four days as race leader Vincenzo Nibali's advantage was substantially reduced in the Tour of Spain on Monday. Barguil somehow held on to win a photo finish with Colombian Rigoberto Uran as Poland's Bartosz Huzarski took third on the 146.8km 16th stage from Graus to Sallent de Gallego.

Cycling: Barguil wins second Vuelta stage, Nibali lead cut

Frenchman Warren Barguil clinched his second stage win in four days as race leader Vincenzo Nibali's advantage was substantially reduced in the Tour of Spain on Monday. Barguil somehow held on to win a photo finish with Colombian Rigoberto Uran as Poland's Bartosz Huzarski took third on the 146.8km 16th stage from Graus to Sallent de Gallego.

Cycling: Ratto takes 14th stage, Nibali extends Vuelta lead

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification. Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with over 40km to go to finish ahead of Astana's Nibali and Christopher Horner.

Cycling: Ratto takes 14th stage, Nibali extends Vuelta lead

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification. Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with over 40km to go to finish ahead of Astana's Nibali and Christopher Horner.

Cycling: Ratto takes 14th stage, Nibali extends Vuelta lead

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification. Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with over 40km to go to finish ahead of Astana's Nibali and American Christopher Horner.

Cycling: Nibali with advantage as Astana win time trial

Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team won the team time trial ahead of RadioShack and Omega Pharma-Quickstep as the 2013 Tour of Spain got underway on Saturday. Nibali, who is looking to add a second Vuelta victory to his Giro d'Italia win earlier this year, was given the perfect start as the Kazakh team came home 10 seconds ahead of RadioShack with pre-stage favourites Omega Pharma back in third a further six seconds behind. "The team have been fantastic. It was a great time trial," said a delighted Nibali afterwards.

Cycling: Nibali rides through snow towards Giro triumph

Italian Vincenzo Nibali virtually secured his maiden Giro d'Italia triumph with his second win of this year's race on the snow-hit 20th stage from Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo on Saturday. The Astana team leader emerged from the fog and snow to cross the line in 5hr 27min 41sec, 17sec ahead of a trio of Colombians, one of whom, Rigoberto Uran, deposed Australian Cadel Evans from second place overall.

Cycling: Nibali tightens pink jersey grip with snow-hit win

Italian Vincenzo Nibali virtually secured his maiden Giro d'Italia triumph with his second win of this year's race on the snow-hit 20th stage from Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo on Saturday. The Astana team leader emerged from the fog over the line in 5hr 27min 41sec to finish 17sec ahead of a trio of Colombians, one of whom, Rigoberto Uran, deposed Australian Cadel Evans from second place overall.

Cycling: Nibali smashes rivals to tighten Giro grip

Italian Vincenzo Nibali took a giant step towards his maiden Giro d'Italia triumph by smashing his rivals on his way to winning a rain-soaked 18th stage uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa on Thursday. Australian Cadel Evans began the day only 1min 26sec behind the Italian, but the 2011 Tour de France champion flattered to deceive on his way to a 25th place at 2:36 behind. Ahead of two key mountain stages in the Dolomites, which may have to be altered depending on the severity of the wintry weather expected at high altitude, Nibali now leads Evans by 4:02.
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