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Roche misses out on top-10 finish

CYCLING

Published 10/10/2011 | 05:00

NICOLAS Roche finished 11th in the Tour of Beijing, 48 seconds behind overall winner Tony Martin.

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The German stayed out of trouble in the final day around the Chinese capital as Russia's Denis Galimzyanov of Katusha sprinted to take the stage win.

Saxo-Bank's Juan Jose Haedo took second place behind Martin, with Viviani having to settle for third, with a trio of British riders -- David Millar, Chris Froome and Steven Cummings -- next in line. Ireland's Philip Deignan came in 31st.

BASKETBALL

CONDENSATION was the killer for UCC Demons who were forced to give the points to Killester -- despite leading by 18 points -- when their game was abandoned in the fourth quarter yesterday.

American Shawn Atupem slipped and fell after dunking the basketball, before technical officials found condensation on the court and called it off, giving Killester an unlikely three points.

Neptune beat UCD Marian 85-75 on Saturday, while DCU Saints' defence got them home against Moycullen on a 95-83 scoreline and Belfast Star couldn't prevent UL Eagles racking up a 99-70 win.

In the women's Superleague, DCU Mercy cruised past Ulster Rockets, UL beat Dynamos, Glanmire got past Liffey Centics and Wildcats saw off Brunell.

MOTORSPORT

Motorsport Ireland's autotest team scored another victory in the Ken Wharton Memorial International event in Warwickshire, giving them their sixth win in eight years in this showpiece event.

The quartet of JJ Farrell, Eamonn Byrne, Simon Echlin and David Thompson took a narrow lead on the opening test over old rivals Northern Ireland and stayed in front all the way to the finish, eventually winning by 22 seconds.

Wicklow driver Byrne, scoring his 10th team win in this event, and Thompson from Leitrim, each took a class win, with Echlin a close second behind Richard Pinkney of England.

Craig Breen from Waterford finished fourth in the Scottish round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in his Kel-Tech Ford Fiesta.

The 21-year-old Irishman, a former Young Rally Driver of the Year, finished behind Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, Finland's Juho Hanninen and Frenchman Bryan Bouffier.

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