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Cycling: Meersman suffers fractured ribs - team

Belgian Gianni Meersman broke four ribs in a crash during Monday's Paris-Nice race, his team Omega-Pharma Quick Step said Tuesday. Meersman abandoned the 'Race to the sun' before the start of Tuesday's third stage and returned to Belgium for X-rays, where he was found also to have injured his back. "It's probably the worst crash of my life at a bad time of the season," said the 28-year-old, who has been told to rest for two weeks. "It's a shame because I was in really good form."

Cycling: Meersman victorious on final day in Mallorca

Belgian Gianni Meersman claimed the Alcudia Trophy on the final day of the Mallorca challenge on Wednesday. The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider pipped Spaniard Jose Francisco Ventoso and Britain's Ben Swift in a sprint to the line to win the 162km ride from Muro to Alcudia in a time of three hours 50min 07secs. It was a second consecutive day that the Belgian team came out on top after Poland's Michal Kwiatowski won the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy on Tuesday.

Cycling: Meersman claims Romandie stage three

Belgian Gianni Meersman won the third stage of the Tour of Romandie on Friday following a 181km ride around Payerne. The 27-year-old Omega Pharma rider beat Italian Francesco Gavazzi and Switzerland's Michael Albasini in a sprint finish. It was Meersman's second stage win in the tour after his success in Wednesday's first stage but Britain's Chris Froome still held the overall lead.

Cycling: Meersman claims Romandie stage three

Belgian Gianni Meersman won the third stage of the Tour of Romandie on Friday following a 181km ride around Payerne. The 27-year-old Omega Pharma rider beat Italian Francesco Gavazzi and Switzerland's Michael Albasini in a sprint finish. It was Meersman's second stage win in the tour after his success in Wednesday's first stage but Britain's Chris Froome still held the overall lead. stp/jr/bc/ps

Cycling: Meersman wins Romandie first stage

Belgium's Gianni Meersman, of the Omega Pharma team, won the first stage of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, but Britain's race favourite Chris Froome remained in the overall lead. Meersman won the 176km stage between Saint-Maurice and Renens, in the Lausanne suburbs, in a sprint finish from Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo and Roberto Ferrari. "It was a difficult day but the team did excellent work," said 27-year-old Meersman.

Cycling: Meersman wins Romandie first stage

Belgium's Gianni Meersman, of the Omega Pharma team, won the first stage of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, but Britain's race favourite Chris Froome remained in the overall lead. Meersman won the 176km stage between Saint-Maurice and Renens, in the Lausanne suburbs, in a sprint finish from Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo and Roberto Ferrari. Froome holds on to the overall lead after winning Tuesday's prologue. Thursday's second stage will be a 190.3km ride north from Prilly to Granges.

Cycling: Gerrans wins 6th stage, Martin retains lead

Australian Simon Gerrans won the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Ireland's Daniel Martin retained his lead at the top of the overall standings. Gerrans, who rides for Orica-GreenEDGE, prevailed in a sprint finish to the penultimate day's 178.7km run from Almacelles to Valls, beating Belgian Gianni Meersman, already a double stage winner of the race, and Daniele Ratto of Italy. Race leader Martin extended his advantage over Joaquim Rodriguez by three seconds to 17sec with a 45sec gap back to Nairo Quintana.

Cycling: Meersman makes it two in a row in Catalonia

Belgian rider Gianni Meersman retained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia after making it two stages wins in as many days on Tuesday. The 27-year-old beat home Italian Daniele Ratto and Brett Lancaster of Australia in a sprint finish to the 160.7km ride from Girona to Banyuls. Meersman sits atop the overall standings, 16sec ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde with Swiss Danilo Wyss a further four second adrift.

Cycling: Meersman makes it two in a row in Catalonia

Belgian rider Gianni Meersman retained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia after making it two stages wins in as many days on Tuesday. The 27-year-old beat home Italian Daniele Ratto and Brett Lancaster of Australia in a sprint finish to the 160.7km ride from Girona to Banyuls. Meersman sits atop the overall standings ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde and Swiss Danilo Wyss. cle/pi/lp13

AFP sports schedule for Tuesday, March 19

AFP sports schedule for Tuesday, March 19: CRICKET Bangladesh are 158-4 in their second innings, a lead of just 52 over hosts Sri Lanka, on the fourth day of the second and final Test in Colombo. The first match was drawn. Slugs: Cricket-SRI-BAN BASEBALL World Baseball Classic final. Slug: Baseball-world CYCLING Second stage of Tour of Catalonia with Belgium's Gianni Meersman in the overall lead sees the riders, including Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, tackle a 160km ride from Girona to Banyoles. Slug: Cycling-ESP
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