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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: Sagan vows to learn from Flanders disappointment

Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. The Slovak twice winner of the Tour de France green jersey was one of the top three favourites coming into the De Ronde Sunday. But after he failed to match eventual winner Fabian Cancellara's attack on the tough Oude Kwaremont climb 17km from the end, Sagan ended up battling in one of the chase groups and being outsprinted to the line by Gent-Wevelgem winner John Degenkolb for 15th place.

Cycling: Ill Cavendish withdraws from La Panne race

Mark Cavendish on Tuesday announced he had pulled out of Belgium's Three Days of La Panne race due to an upset stomach. The Isle of Man sprinter fell ill with gastroenteritis following his fifth-placed finish at Milan-San Remo and withdrew from last Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem. "I'm really disappointed," Cavendish, whose race programme will be re-evaluated, said in a statement released by his Omega-Pharma QuickStep. "I'm in no shape to start, especially because I can't eat or drink anything.

Cycling: Greipel sidelined from spring classics

German rider Andre Greipel has been ruled out of the remainder of the spring classics series with a collarbone injury, his Lotto team confirmed on Monday. Greipel, 31, picked up the injury after falling eight kilometres from the finish line as he was challenging for Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium. "It's a tough blow for Andre and for the team," said Lotto manager Marc Sergeant. "He was our ticket for several races. In the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix he could have done great support work for the team."

Cycling: Martin takes Liege classic honours

Ireland's Daniel Martin, riding for Garmin, won Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic race, seeing off Spanish pair Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde after a gruelling 261.5 kilometres. Martin, nephew of former Tour de France champion Stephen Roche, attacked just before the final bend to come through and land the 99th edition of the 'doyenne' of the Ardennes classics.

Moreno strikes lucky in Belgian Classic

By Alasdair Fotheringham HUY, Belgium (Reuters) - Spaniard Daniel Moreno clinched Russian team Katusha's second win in two years in the Fleche Wallonne one-day classic on Wednesday after staying in the same hotel room as several previous winners. Moreno had been allocated the lucky number 11 room in Katusha sports director Valerio Piva's hotel near Liege.

Cycling: Moreno triumphs in Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Daniel Moreno won the second of the Ardennes Classics, the Fleche-Wallonne, on Wednesday giving his team Katusha their second successive victory in the race. The 31-year-old - whose team leader Joaquim Rodriguez won last year - beat two Colombians Sergio Henao and Carlos Alberto Betancur to the line in the 205km race. Rodriguez failed to mount a challenge as the effects of his fall in last weekend's Amstel Gold Race took their toll.

Cycling: Spaniard Daniel Moreno wins Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Daniel Moreno powered to victory up the final Mur de Huy climb to win the Fleche Wallonne after 205km on Wednesday. It was the second year in a row a Spaniard triumphed following Joaquim Rodriguez's success in 2012. Moreno left some of the pre-race favourites such as Peter Sagan and world champion Philippe Gilbert in his wake in his race for the line. bc/pi

Cycling: Rodriguez passed fit for Fleche Wallonne

Last year's Fleche Wallonne winner Joaquim Rodriguez will be at the start line on Wednesday for the 2013 edition of the race despite falling in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Rodriguez suffered bruising to his left thigh after the fall, but his participation in the race was confirmed by his team Katusha following a two-hour training session on Tuesday. "I will be wearing the number one which is a source of motivation," said the 33-year-old Catalan climber, known as 'Purito'.

Contador to take part in Ardennes classics

PARIS (Reuters) - Alberto Contador will ride in the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day races this week after considering skipping them because of fatigue, the double Tour de France champion said on Monday. "(My team) Saxo Tinkoff wanted me to be there and these are races everybody likes to take part in, even if to prepare for the Tour de France it would have been better to skip them," the Spaniard said in a statement.
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