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Cycling: Kristoff beats Cancellara, Swift to Milan-SanRemo win

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff of the Katusha team outsprinted former champion Fabian Cancellara and Ben Swift to win the 105th edition of Milan-SanRemo on Sunday. Kristoff, taking his first victory in one of cycling's five 'monument' one-day races, benefited from the good work of teammate Luca Paolini in a 20-up dash for the finish to leave Cancellara frustrated in second with Swift in third place. Britain's Mark Cavendish, the winner in 2009, was fourth while fellow pre-race favourite Peter Sagan of Slovakia was 10th. jd/ea

Cycling: Sagan wins stage, Kwiatkowski takes Tirreno lead

Slovakian Peter Sagan produced a late burst of power to claim victory in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead from Mark Cavendish. Sagan, of the Cannondale team, finished several bike lengths ahead of Kwiatkowski and Australian Simon Clarke on a slightly uphill finish in Arezzo after 210km of racing from Cascina. Pole Kwiatkowski, of Omega-Pharma, now leads Colombian teammate Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings by 10sec with Orica-GreenEdge rider Clarke third at 13sec.

Cycling: Sagan wins 4th stage, takes lead in Oman

Slovakia's Peter Sagan, riding for the Cannondale team, won Friday's Tour of Oman 173-kilometre fourth stage from Wadi Al Abiyad to Muscat to claim the overall lead. Sagan, who inherits the leader's red jersey from Andre Greipel, prevailed in a sprint from Rigoberto Uran of Colombia and Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali. Saturday's fifth and penultimate stage takes the peloton on a 75km ride from Bidbid up to the Green Mountain summit of Jabal Al Akhdhar. bnl/gv/nr/as

Costa pips favorites to win world title

By Julien Pretot FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Portugal's Rui Costa kept his composure in a tense finale to upset the favorites and clinch the cycling world championships road race on Sunday. After sitting behind and refusing to take turns at the front, Costa made his move some 1.5 kilometers from the finish to bridge the gap with Joaquim Rodriguez and beat the Spaniard in a sprint finish to become the first Portuguese to win the event.

Cycling: Sagan dashes to second Colorado stage win

Tour de France sprint jersey winner Peter Sagan claimed the third stage of the USA Pro Challenge, edging out runner-up Luka Mezgec by a wheel in a dash to the finish Wednesday. Cannondale's Sagan, of Slovakia, earned his second stage victory in the 170-kilometer (105-mile) ride from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs, which was topped off with a bunch sprint. "I am very happy," said Sagan. "Thank you to my teammates. They did very good work." Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) was second and Canada's Ryan Anderson placed third.

Cycling: Frank wins stage as Morton takes US Pro Challenge lead

BMC rider Mathias Frank won the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Tuesday as the overall lead went to Garmin-Sharp's Lachlan Morton. "For me, the stage win was the most important thing," Frank said. "That's what I got, so I'm really happy." Frank escaped with Morton and Lawson Craddock (Bontrager) from a large, late breakaway. He opened a gap on both on the final climb with four kilometers to go, but wasn't able to gain enough ground on Australia's Morton.

Cycling: Sagan wins first stage of USA Pro Challenge

Cannondale's Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Monday, sprinting to the finish ahead of runner-up Greg Van Avermaet. Sagan, the 2013 Tour de France sprint jersey winner, finished the 98 kilometer (60.9 mile) course in two hours, 26 minutes. He celebrated the circuit race win between Aspen to Snowmass Village by doing one of his trademark wheelies.

Cycling: Sagan stuns sprinters, Impey defends yellow

Slovakian Peter Sagan dominated a bunch sprint to win the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday as South African Daryl Impey defended the race leader's yellow jersey. Sagan, last year's winner of the race's green jersey points competition, surged in the final 150 metres of the 205.5km stage from Montpellier to Albi to claim his first win of the 100th edition. Germany's John Degenkolb (Argos) and Italian Daniele Bennati (Saxo) finished a bike length behind in second and third respectively.

Cycling: Bakelants in yellow after stage win

Belgium's Jan Bakelants of the Radioshack Leopard team won the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday to take the overall race leader's yellow jersey by a margin of one second. The 27-year-old broke away from the pack and resisted a fightback from the leading members of the peloton to win the 156-kilometre ride across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio. Bakelants edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski to replace Germany's Marcel Kittel in yellow.

Cycling: Bakelants in yellow after Tour win

Belgium's Jan Bakelants of the Radioshack Leopard team won the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday to take the overall race leader's yellow jersey. Bakelants broke away from the pack and resisted a fightback from the leading members of the peloton to win the 156-kilometre ride across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio. The 27-year-old edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski to replace Germany's Marcel Kittel in yellow.
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