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Cycling: Rodriguez crashes out of Amstel Gold

Joaquim Rodriguez is a doubt for the rest of the Ardennes Classics campaign after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 34-year-old Spaniard could well miss the Fleche Wallonne, a race he won in 2012, on Wednesday after complaining of dizziness. "Purito definitely out. @PuritoRodriguez hit by other rider," said his Katusha team's press officer Philippe Maertens on Twitter. "Too dizzy in head to continue. Too early to say something on coming races."

Cycling: Rodriguez crashes out of Amstel Gold

Joaquim Rodriguez is a doubt for the rest of the Ardennes Classics campaign after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 34-year-old Spaniard could well miss the Fleche Wallonne, a race he won in 2012, on Wednesday after complaining of dizziness. "Purito definitely out. @PuritoRodriguez hit by other rider," said his Katusha team's press officer Philippe Maertens on Twitter. "Too dizzy in head to continue. Too early to say something on coming races."

Cycling: Gilbert aiming for hat-trick at Amstel Gold

Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011, proved he is back on form after missing the cobbled Classics in the previous two weeks when he sprinted to victory in Wednesday's De Brabantse Pijl. The BMA rider had opted to skip the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in order to prepare for his favoured races in the Ardennes.

Cycling: Amstel Gold Race recent winners

A list of the last 15 winners of the Amstel Gold Race ahead of the 2014 edition which begins in Maastricht on Sunday: 2013 - Roman Kreuziger (CZE) 2012 - Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) 2011 - Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 2010 - Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 2009 - Serguei Ivanov (RUS) 2008 - Damiano Cunego (ITA) 2007 - Stefan Schumacher (GER) 2006 - Franck Schleck (LUX) 2005 - Danilo Di Luca (ITA) 2004 - Davide Rebellin (ITA) 2003 - Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) 2002 - Michele Bartoli (ITA)

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.
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