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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: Tour of the Basque Country results

Results from the sixth stage of Tour of the Basque Country, a 25.9km individual time-trial around Markina-Xemein on Saturday: Stage 1. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 38min 33sec 2. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 0:07 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:15 4. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) 0:16 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:35 6. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 0:38 7. Ion Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 0:41 8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 1:02 9. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1:05 10. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 1:25

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: 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: Cancellara the man to beat at Paris-Roubaix

A week ago the pre-Tour of Flanders talk was about how open the race would be but ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix that has turned to questions about how to stop Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss 33-year-old won his third Flanders crown last Sunday in a sprint finish, upsetting the hopes of a trio of Belgians on their home soil. And now he comes into the 'Hell of the North' race on the French cobbles as the overwhelming favourite to complete a second successive Flanders-Roubaix double, and third in total.

Cycling: Cancellara's lieutenant Devolder out of Paris-Roubaix

Reigning champion Fabian Cancellara's main lieutenant Stijn Devolder has pulled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race due to a variety of injuries. Belgian Trek rider Devolder, the 2008 and 2009 Tour of Flanders winner, crashed three times in this year's Flanders race last Sunday before trailing home down in 86th place, almost 10 minutes back from Cancellara, who retained his title. The 34-year-old Devolder has not recovered from the injuries he suffered to his left side, particularly his elbow, and will now have to miss the 'Hell of the North'.

Cycling: Belgian Roelandts out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix

Belgian Spring Classics specialist Jurgen Roelandts has pulled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race due to a variety of injuries. The 28-year-old, who finished third in last year's Tour of Flanders, fell badly in this year's edition of that race last weekend. "I have terrible pain in my lower back and my wrist and shoulder still hurt," Roelandts, who had been set to lead Lotto at the 'Hell of the North', told the Flemish Sporza television station. bnl/chc/bc/nr

Cycling: Tour of Basque Country results

Results in the fourth stage of Tour of the Basque Country, a 151km ride from Vitoria to Arrate on Thursday: 1. Wout Poels (NED/OPQ) 3h39min 29sec (average: 41,3 km/h) 2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 0:01. 3. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 0:01. 4. Tom Slagter (NED/GRM) 0:03. 5. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:03. 6. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:03. 7. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:03. 8. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 0:03. 9. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:03. 10. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 0:03. Selected:
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