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Cycling: Betancur gives Colombia first win in Paris-Nice

Carlos Betancur became the first Colombian cyclist to win the Paris-Nice race on Sunday following the eighth and final stage. French champion Arthur Vichot won the stage, raced along the celebrated Promenade des Anglais, which saw several riders, including Portugal's road race world champion Rui Costa, lose their chance of victory in the stage in a pile-up 300 metres from the finish. Costa was able to remount and cycle gingerly to the finishing line of the 'Race to the Sun' to finish second overall.

Cycling: Imperious Contador climbs into Tirreno lead

Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader's jersey on Sunday. A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched an incisive attack earlier.

Cycling: Imperious Contador climbs into Tirreno lead

Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader's jersey on Sunday. A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched an incisive attack earlier.

Cycling: Imperious Contador climbs into Tirreno lead

Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader's jersey on Sunday. A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched an incisive attack earlier.

Cycling: Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico fourth stage

Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff team closed the gap on race leader Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the fourth stage of the the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday. The two-time Tour de France winner finished just ahead of Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Spaniard Daniel Moreno (Katusha) after the 244km run from Indicatore to Cittareale Selvarotonda. Poland's Kwiatkowski, riding for Omega Pharma QuickStep, finished seventh in the stage to see his lead cut to just 16sec on second-placed Contador.

Cycling: Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico fourth stage

Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff team won the fourth stage of the the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday. Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski holds the overall race lead after the 244km run from Indicatore to Cittareale Selvarotonda. Sunday's fifth stage will cover 192km between Amatrice and Guardiagrele. ol/ea/as

Cycling: Slagter wins Paris-Nice seventh stage

Dutch rider Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Garmin team won the seventh and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Saturday. Slagter won a sprint finish uphill ahead of world champion Rui Costa of Portugal and yellow jersey holder Carlos Betancur of Colombia. Britain's Geraint Thomas, second overall at the start from Mougins, lost ground after a fall 5km from the finish line after the 195.5km stage at Biot. Slagter, 24, also won Wednesday's stage at Belleville.

Cycling: Pelucchi wins stage, 'Cav' still in Tirreno lead

Italian Matteo Pelucchi pipped French spinter Arnaud Demarre to win the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Mark Cavendish retaining the overall lead of the Italian stage race Thursday. eba/jd/bc

Cycling: Cavendish leads after Omega win Tirreno team time-trial

British sprint king Mark Cavendish is the early leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico race after his Omega-Pharma team won the opening stage team time-trial on Wednesday. Omega finished the 18.5km time-trial from Donoratico to San Vincenzo in 20min 13sec, 11sec ahead of Orica Greenedge with Movistar a further seven seconds back. The Sky team of 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins were a disappointing sixth, 27sec off the pace.

Cycling: Cavendish leads after Omega win Tirreno team time-trial

British sprint king Mark Cavendish is the early leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico race after his Omega-Pharma team won the opening stage team time-trial on Wednesday. Omega finished the 18.5km time-trail from Donoratico to San Vincenzo in 20min 13sec, 11sec ahead of Orica Greenedge with Movistar a further seven seconds back. The Sky team of 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins were a disappointing sixth, 27sec off the pace. Cavendish's team-mates Michal Kwiatowski and Rigoberto Uran Uran are second and third respectively. eba/fbx/bc/ak
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