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Cycling: Cavendish skips Giro, targets Tour de France

British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish revelaed on Friday that he would bypass this year's Giro d'Italia to focus on the Tour de France which begins on July 5. The 28-year-old Isle of Man native will instead use the Tours of Turkey (April 27-May 4), California (May 11-18) and Switzerland (June 14-22) as his tune-up races for the Tour de France which starts from Leeds, in Yorkshire, England. "As everyone knows, my main objective this year is the Tour de France," said the Omega Pharma rider who has won 25 stages on the world's greatest bike race.

Cycling: Horner in high spirits after leaving hospital

Tour of Spain champion Chris Horner left hospital in jubilant mood on Wednesday following a training crash with a car last week. The American Lampre rider was taken to hospital last Friday after being involved in a crash while riding around Lake Como in northern Italy. The 42-year-old, the oldest ever Grand Tour winner when claiming victory at the Vuelta last September, suffered a punctured lung and four broken ribs in the accident. But he has now left the Lecco hospital and gone back to his home in Como.

Cycling: Wiggins vows to earn Team Sky Tour place

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. Wiggins put in an impressive showing at Sunday's 'Hell of the North' by coming home in a 10-strong group 20 seconds behind winner Niki Terpstra.

Cycling: Cancellara seeks new Paris-Roubaix success

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara on Sunday sought a record-equalling fourth win in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix cycling classic across the cobbles of northern France. Cancellara was among 199 riders who started the "Hell of the North" race under grey skies and cool tempertures at Compiegne castle, just north of Paris. The 33-year-old, who is known on the tour as "Spartacus", is looking to equal the four victories registered by Belgians Roger de Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen.

Cycling: Cancellera seeks new Paris-Roubaix success

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara on Sunday sought a record fourth win in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix cycling classic across the cobbles of northern France. Cancellara was among 199 riders who started the "Hell of the North" race under grey skies at Compiegne castle, just north of Paris. The 33-year-old, who is known on the tour as "Spartacus", is looking to equal the four victories registered by Belgians Roger de Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen.

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: Sagan unbowed by Flanders failure

Much hyped Slovakian rider Peter Sagan insisted his confidence for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race had not been knocked despite a poor 16th place finish at last week's Tour of Flanders. The 24-year-old Cannondale rider went into last week's cobbled classic as many people's second favourite behind eventual winner Fabian Cancellara, but failed to match the Swiss star's acceleration on the Kwaremont climb 17km from home and played no part in the race for victory.

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: Vanmarcke struggling with Paris-Roubaix favourite tag

Belgian Sep Vanmarcke said he is still trying to get used to his favourite tag ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. The 25-year-old Belkin rider finished a shock second in this race last year and following a third place finish in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, many have suggested he could be the man to end the Fabian Cancellara-Tom Boonen monopoly on success at the 'Hell of the North' race.

Cycling: Recent winners of Paris-Roubaix

Winners of the Spring Classic Paris-Roubaix race over the last 15 years: 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2011 - Johan Vansummeren (BEL) 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2009 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2008 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2007 - Stuart O'Grady (AUS) 2006 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2005 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2004 - Magnus Backstedt (SWE) 2003 - Peter Van Petegem (BEL) 2002 - Johan Museeuw (BEL) 2001 - Servais Knaven (NED) 2000 - Johan Museeuw (BEL)
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