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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: 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: Wiggins to race Tour of 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: Kristoff beats Cancellara, Swift to Milan-SanRemo win

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff outsprinted former champion Fabian Cancellara and Ben Swift to win a rain-lashed 105th edition of the Italian classic 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 team-mate Luca Paolini in a 20-up dash for the finish to leave Cancellara frustrated in second with Swift in third place.

Cycling: Fit-again Froome ready for Contador challenge in Catalonia

Tour de France winner Chris Froome will race against Alberto Contador for the first time this season when the seven-stage Tour of Catalonia gets under way on Monday. Both men have been in fine early season form as Froome eased to victory in the Tour of Oman, whilst Contador won the Tirreno-Adriatico 'Race of the Two Seas' last week. Froome had been due to compete in Italy as well, but was forced to pull out due to a back problem. However, the Briton insists his absence was merely a precaution with bigger targets to come later in the year.

Cycling: Cav cruises to Tirreno stage, Contador retains lead

Tour de France sprint king Mark Cavendish cruised to victory in the sixth and penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, with Spaniard Alberto Contador retaining the overall lead. Following a crash in the final bend caused by a Lampre rider and which took down another from the Lotto team, Cavendish went on to surge from behind the wheels of three Omega-Pharma teammates in the final 150 metres of the 189 km stage from Bucchianico to Porto Sant'Elpidio to win solo. Italian teammate Alessandro Petacchi finished second with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third place.

Cycling: Cav cruises to Tirreno stage, Contador retains lead

Tour de France sprint king Mark Cavendish cruised to victory in the sixth and penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, with Spaniard Alberto Contador retaining the overall lead. Following a crash in the final bend caused by a Lampre rider and which took down another from the Lotto team, Cavendish went on to surge from behind the wheels of three Omega-Pharma teammates in the final 150 metres of the 189 km stage from Bucchianico to Porto Sant'Elpidio to win solo. Italian teammate Alessandro Petacchi finished second with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third place.

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: Betancur takes Paris-Nice stage, Thomas keeps yellow

Carlos Betancur claimed the 152.5km fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Thursday but Geraint Thomas did enough to hang on to the leader's yellow jersey. Colombian Betancur, of the AG2R team, was part of a three-man breakaway that opened a gap on the peloton 9km from home. And he proved strongest in the sprint to the line with Bob Jungels of Luxembourg taking second and Dane Jakob Fuglsang third at the end of the stage from Creche-sur-Saone to Rive-de-Gier.
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