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Australia's O'Grady hangs up his lycra on a high

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Stuart O'Grady has decided to call time on nearly two decades as a professional cyclist after helping the Australian GreenEDGE team win a stage and claim the yellow jersey during his 17th Tour de France. The 39-year-old South Australian, who finished second in the Tour's points classification on four occasions and won the 2007 Paris-Roubaix classic, had been expected to race into a 20th year but the GreenEDGE breakthrough convinced him otherwise.

Gerrans restores team's reputation with win

By Julien Pretot CALVI, France (Reuters) - Two days after getting embarrassing exposure at the Tour de France when their bus caused mayhem, Australian team Orica-GreenEdge were in the limelight for a good reason when Simon Gerrans won the third stage with a well-timed sprint on Monday. Australian Gerrans beat pre-stage favorite Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas at the end of a 145.5-km, hilly trek from Ajaccio through impressive scenery along the Corsican west coast.

Cycling: Gerrans wins third stage, Bakelants retains yellow

Australia's Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEdge team won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday in a sprint finish at the end of the 145-kilometre ride from Ajaccio to Calvi on Corsica. Gerrans edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan, last year's green jersey winner, in a photo finish with Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas in third. Belgium's Jan Bakelants, winner of the second stage, holds on to the overall race leader's yellow jersey by a one-second margin, while Sagan's second place allows him to take the green jersey for the best sprinter from Marcel Kittel.

Cycling: Gerrans wins Tour third stage

Australia's Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEdge team won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday in a sprint finish at the end of the 145-kilometre ride from Ajaccio to Calvi on Corsica. Gerrans edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan, last year's green jersey winner, in a photo finish with Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas in third. Belgium's Jan Bakelants, winner of the second stage, holds on to the overall race leader's yellow jersey by a one-second margin. as/nr

Cycling: Australian cyclist White gets back-dated ban

Former Australian cyclist Matt White said Friday he had received a back-dated six-month ban after admitting to doping during his professional career. White released a statement saying the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) had informed him of the penalty last Friday. The ban, which has already expired, began on October 13 last year and ended on April 13. The Australian Associated Press said it understood the ban was reduced from one year because White cooperated with anti-doping authorities. White said he hoped to return to a role in cycling.

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.
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