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Yates up to second in Tour of Turkey

Britain’s Adam Yates finished second behind Rein Taaramae on stage three’s uphill finish at the Tour of Turkey.

The duo broke away in the closing four kilometres of the 12km ascent to Elmali but Estonian champion Taaramae had the stronger legs in the closing metres.

“It is incredible,” said Taaramae, who is racing seven weeks after having surgery to remove skin from his larynx that was affecting his breathing.

“Last year it was hard to ride with sprinters in the mountains.”

The Cofidis rider put in a strong burst on the 16% steepest section of the final climb to take the overall race lead from Mark Cavendish,

who won the first two stages,

but finished more than 25 minutes back on terrain less suited to the sprint specialist.

Yates, who rides for Australian team Orica GreenEdge, tried to stay with Taaramae but finally accepted defeat in the closing 100m and crossed the line six seconds adrift to move into second overall.

His brother and team-mate Simon,

who won World Championship gold on the track in 2013,

suffered a broken collarbone in a crash during Tuesday’s stage.

Stage three result:

1. Rein Taaramae (Est/Cofidis) 5hrs 40 mins 31 seconds

2. Adam Yates (GB/Orica GreenEdge) +6″

3. Romain Hardy (Fra/Cofidis) +38″

4. Merhawi Kudus (Eri/MTN)

5. Davide Rebellin (Ita/CCC)

6. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa/ CJR)

Overall classification:

1. Rein Taaramae (Est/Cofidis) 12hrs 46 mins 31 seconds

2. Adam Yates (GB/Orica GreenEdge) +6″

3. Romain Hardy (Fra/Cofidis) +38″

4. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa/ CJR)

5. Merhawi Kudus (Eri/MTN)

6. Davide Rebellin (Ita/CCC)

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Froome 13th in Romandie prologue

Britain’s Chris Froome finished 13th in the prologue to the Tour of Romandie as he returned to racing after recent illness and injury problems.

The Team Sky rider, 28, has not raced since March, when he finished sixth in the Tour of Catalonia.

Froome, was 10 seconds behind Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski, who was quickest around the short 5.57km time-trial course in the Swiss town of Ascona.


2013 Tour de France winner

is defending

the title he won last year.

Froome was back in action only two days after he

pulled out of last Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege race

because of illness.

Wednesday’s stage one is a 200.9km run from Ascona to Sion which will feature the snow-covered Simplon climb.

Race results:

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 6:22″

2. Rohan Dennis (Aus/Garmin) +4″

3. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Giant)

4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Trek)

5. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) +5″

13. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +10″

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Atherton siblings win World Cup golds

British siblings Gee and Rachel Atherton won the men’s and women’s elite races in round two of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Australia.

After heavy rain in Cairns, Rachel won by 11 seconds from compatriot Manon Carpenter and Myriam Nicole of France.

Gee finished four seconds clear of fellow Briton Josh Bryceland and American Neko Mullaly.

He said: “That was amazing, totally wild, I’m so stoked with the double win. Rach rode it like a boss.”

Rachel added: “That was the hardest race ever. The conditions made the racetrack horrifically muddy, slippery and slow to roll, it was so hard.

“I was absolutely blown away by Gee’s performance, he never fails to surprise and impress me. Proud of my bro!”

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Cavendish wins stage two in Turkey

British rider Mark Cavendish retained his lead at the Tour of Turkey by following his opening-stage victory with a win on Monday’s second stage.

Cavendish, 28, was led towards the line by his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mates before outsprinting his rivals.

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I’m happy we could get another stage here

Mark Cavendish

“It was perfect,” said the Manxman who is racing for the first time in almost five weeks

after a virus.

“I am glad I could finish the guys’ work.

“They rode incredibly. I’m happy we could get another stage here.”

Cavendish was given a supreme lead-out by the Omega sprint train, including Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Renshaw, at the end of the 175km race from Alanya to Kemer..

They helped the

British national champion

to prevail in a bunch finish ahead of Neri Sottoli’s Francesco Chicchi and Lampre-Merida’s Niccolo Bonifazio.

Cavendish, who

also won Sunday’s first stage by more than a bike length.

is expected to relinquish the race lead in Tuesday’s third stage, which features features hillier terrain and a summit finish in Elmali.

Stage Two result:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 3h 50mins 17secs

2. Francesco Chicchi (Ita/Yellow Fluo) ST

3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Lampre-Merida)

4. Kris Boeckmans (Bel/Lotto-Belisol)

5. Francesco Lasca (Ita/Caja Rural)

Overall classification:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 7h 6mins 0secs

2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Lampre-Merida) ST

3. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale)

4. Theo Bos (Ned/Belkin)

5. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel/Topsport-Vlaanderen)

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Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Simon Gerrans became Australia’s first Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner with a sprint finish in the Spring Classic.

The 33-year-old Orica GreedEdge rider outsprinted Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski to clinch the 100th edition of the one-day race.

“It’s an incredible victory, a dream come true,” said Gerrans, who won the Milan-San Remo one-day race in 2012.

Britain’s Chris Froome,

the Tour de France champion,

withdrew through illness ahead of the race.

Last year’s winner Dan Martin of Ireland crashed on the final corner heading into the finishing straight,

Gerrans’ best previous result in the race had been a sixth place in 2009, and he added: “I don’t know what I feel right now.

“It’s a really tough race at the end, so thanks to my team. They got me to the final. I didn’t have good legs but I kept going and thanks to the team I could win.

“You never know in a final like this, the last climb is very tough. I did my best to get to the final bend with the leader.”

Race result:

1. Simon Gerrans (Aus/Orica) 6:37:43″

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) ST

3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step)

4. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita/Katusha)

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +3″

6. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned/Garmin)

7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Tinkoff – Saxo)

8. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/BMC Racing)

9. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +5″

10. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +6″

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