SaxoBank rider Alberto Contador won his second Spanish Vuelta title Sunday, earning a fifth victory in cycling's major races. Contador triumphed a little...
Contador takes Vuelta
SaxoBank rider Alberto Contador won his second Spanish Vuelta title Sunday, earning a fifth victory in cycling’s major races.
Contador triumphed a little more than a month after his doping ban ended. The Spaniard navigated the largely processional final leg into and around Madrid with relative ease to defeat countrymen Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team and Joaquin Rodriguez of the Katusha team in the 21-stage event.
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Valverde, the 2009 winner, finished 1 minute, 16 seconds behind Contador and Rodriguez was 1:37 back after having led for 13 stages.
Contador crossed the finish line 54th behind stage winner John Degenkolb, a German who rides for the Argos-Shimano team. Contador flashed seven fingers to also represent his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia victories, titles he was later stripped of because of a positive drug test for clenbuterol.
“Because of what happened coming in, this victory is very special for me and I have to thank everyone who helped me because I came in without having competed for a long time and things were complicated,” said the 29-year-old Contador.
Stars create a big finish
Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z rocked the Olympic Stadium in London to give the biggest-ever Paralympic Games a rousing send-off, wrapping up an unforgettable summer of sports in Britain. The Games were preceded in London by the Olympics, which ended Aug. 12.
A three-hour party at the packed 80,000-seat stadium gave the world a chance to celebrate 11 days of Paralympic competition.
“In this country, we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way,” said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organizing committee. “The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.”
Hamilton wins in Italy
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari placed third to extend his overall lead.
Hamilton, who has 20 career F1 victories, passed defending champion Sebastian Vettel to take second place in the standings. Alonso leads by 37 points.
Schumacher sets record
Tony Schumacher raced to his record ninth NHRA Top Fuel victory in the rain-delayed U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind.
Other category winners were Mike Neff (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
• Maya Moore contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx to an 81-62 victory at San Antonio. Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the league-leading Lynx (24-4), who have won 11 in a row.
• In other WNBA games, Cappie Pondexter had 21 points and 12 rebounds as host New York rallied to beat Los Angeles 73-71; Atlanta routed visiting Washington 93-68; Tina Charles scored 24 points as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut won at home over Chicago 82-77; and Katie Douglas scored 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting to lead host Indiana over Phoenix 89-83.
• Second City, who won two allowance sprints at Charles Town in West Virginia last month, made a last-to-first move to win the Grade III British Columbia Derby by 2 ¾ lengths over Devil in Disguise at Hastings in Vancouver.
Second City, trained by Craig MacPherson and ridden by Richard Hamel, ran 1-1/8 miles in 1 minute, 50.94 seconds. The 3-year-old gelding paid $13.80 to win in the $204,339 race.
Earlier on the Hastings card, 4-year-old filly Class Included — who has been a standout at Emerald Downs in Auburn this season — took the $51,085 Delta Colleen Handicap and paid $3.70 to win.
• Louis Stout, Amateur Athletic Union president, died at a Lexington, Ky., hospital. He was 73.
AAU spokesman Ron Sachs said Stout had been hospitalized for about a week with an unspecified illness.
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