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Cycling: Thomas happy to play team role at Paris-Roubaix

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas said he is happy to help Sky team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boasson Hagen at next week's Paris-Roubaix, despite finishing an impressive eighth at the Tour of Flanders. Having finished third at E3 Harelbeke 10 days ago and come 10th in Flanders three years ago, double Olympic track cycling champion Thomas showed he is in good form on the cobbles. Despite hurting his back in a crash Sunday, he climbed back onto the bike and kept up with the favourites until the last 15km, when he found himself in a fight for the minor placings.

Cycling: Thomas happy to play team role at Paris-Roubaix

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas said he is happy to help Sky team-mates Bradley Wiggins and Edvald Boasson Hagen at next week's Paris-Roubaix, despite finishing an impressive eighth at the Tour of Flanders. Having finished third at E3 Harelbeke 10 days ago and come 10th in Flanders three years ago, double Olympic track cycling champion Thomas showed he is in good form on the cobbles. Despite hurting his back in a crash Sunday, he climbed back onto the bike and kept up with the favourites until the last 15km, when he found himself in a fight for the minor placings.

Cycling: Sagan vows to learn from Flanders disappointment

Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. The Slovak twice winner of the Tour de France green jersey was one of the top three favourites coming into the De Ronde Sunday. But after he failed to match eventual winner Fabian Cancellara's attack on the tough Oude Kwaremont climb 17km from the end, Sagan ended up battling in one of the chase groups and being outsprinted to the line by Gent-Wevelgem winner John Degenkolb for 15th place.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Woman spectator, 65, seriously injured in Tour of Flanders crash

A 65-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by one of the riders competing in the Tour of Flanders, Belgian police reported on Sunday. The spectator was knocked over by Belgian rider Johan Vansummeren, police told local news agency Belga. The accident took place less than one hour into the one-day classic as the riders made their way out of the town of Wielsbeke. Vansummeren, who is with the Garmin team, was taken to hospital by ambulance with probable fractures to the face, Belga reported. bnl/nr/lp

Cycling: Wiggins and Cancellara to race in Flanders, Gilbert out

Britain's former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins will race the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for the first time since 2005, his Sky team have confirmed. The 33-year-old, who became the first British rider to win the fabled Tour de France in 2012 will also use the race to prepare for the Paris-Roubaix, the following weekend, one of his principle early season objectives. In his only participation to date, he finished 81st nine years ago.

Cycling: Ill Cavendish withdraws from La Panne race

Mark Cavendish on Tuesday announced he had pulled out of Belgium's Three Days of La Panne race due to an upset stomach. The Isle of Man sprinter fell ill with gastroenteritis following his fifth-placed finish at Milan-San Remo and withdrew from last Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem. "I'm really disappointed," Cavendish, whose race programme will be re-evaluated, said in a statement released by his Omega-Pharma QuickStep. "I'm in no shape to start, especially because I can't eat or drink anything.

Cycling: Greipel sidelined from spring classics

German rider Andre Greipel has been ruled out of the remainder of the spring classics series with a collarbone injury, his Lotto team confirmed on Monday. Greipel, 31, picked up the injury after falling eight kilometres from the finish line as he was challenging for Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium. "It's a tough blow for Andre and for the team," said Lotto manager Marc Sergeant. "He was our ticket for several races. In the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix he could have done great support work for the team."
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