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Wiggins holds on to Dauphine lead

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Published 10/06/2011 | 05:00

John Degenkolb took his second stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine when he outgunned his rival sprinters in Macon yesterday, writes Gerard Cromwell.

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An early two-man breakaway dominated proceedings for most of the stage, but they were reeled in with two kilometres remaining.

In the mass gallop for the line, 22-year-old German Degenkolb left it late to come past Edvald Boassen Hagen -- he also took over the green jersey.

Bradley Wiggins retained his 1min 11secs overall lead over Cadel Evans.

Irish duo Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin both rolled across the line in the middle of the peloton.

Criterium du Dauphine,

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Usain Bolt set the quickest time in the world this season as he eased to victory in the 200m at a Diamond League meet last night.

The Jamaican raced through the rain at the Bislett Games to win in 19.86 seconds. Norwegian Jaysuma Saidy Ndure was second in 20.43, while Mario Forsythe of Jamaica was third in 20.49.

In the women's 800m, Halima Hachlaf of Morocco also set a world-leading time of 1:58.27 to hold off Russia's Mariya Savinova and Caster Semenya of South Africa.

Andy Murray has had to shelve plans to play football next week to ensure he is in the best possible shape for a Wimbledon title challenge.

The Scot, who turned down the chance to train with Rangers when he was 15, reached the quarter-finals at the Queen's Club yesterday with a 6-4 7-6 victory over Janko Tipsarevic.

Murray still loves a kickabout to bring some variety to his training programme and he played football before both the Australian and the French Open tournaments.

But the ankle damage Murray suffered en route to the French Open semi-finals last week means football is off.

•IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell yesterday maintained her chase for a brace of titles in the ITF Circuit event in Amarante, Portugal.

The 17-year-old clinched a place in the doubles final with Britain's Yasmin Clarke with a 6-2 6-2 win over Polish duo Natalia Siedliska and Sylwia Zagorska. Bowtell also bids for a semi-final place in the singles today when she takes on the No 2 seed Portugal's Magali de Lattre.

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As the Sail for Gold Regatta at the London 2012 Olympic regatta venue of Weymouth and Portland enters its penultimate day this morning, two Irish boats are in contention for places in tomorrow's medal races.

Annalise Murphy delivered her fourth race win of the series along with a 13th place that leaves her third overall in a group of three podium contenders. Peter O'Leary and David Burrows lie eighth overall.

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