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Cav rallies to claim stage

CYCLING: Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take stage three of the Tour of Britain in Dumfries.

The 2011 world road race champion, who is hoping to negotiate an amicable split from the successful British team, had suffered a crash in the closing stages of the opening round and finished second best in a dash for the line at Knowsley Safari Park on Monday.

However, after the peleton - led by Team Sky colleagues Jeremy Hunt and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins - had finally reeled in the breakaway group heading into the final two kilometres, the Manx Missile was not to be denied as he sprinted clear.

Cavendish said: "The finish was downhill so I knew I could go pretty early and had the perfect lead out."

Second place was enough for Australian Howard, who won on Monday, to claim the IG Gold jersey with Aidis Kruopis of Orica third and Rowe in fourth.

The Tour of Britain now heads to Carlisle for a 156km race down to Blackpool.

Boks change two for the All Blacks

RUGBY: South Africa have made two changes to the forward pack for their Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand on Saturday, bringing in lock Flip van der Merwe and flanker Francois Louw as they look to hit back from their loss to Australia.

Van der Merwe replaces Eben Etzebeth, who was suspended for two weeks for head-butting Wallabies lock Nathan Sharpe in their 26-19 defeat in Perth on Saturday, while Louw is promoted from the reserves in place of Marcell Coetzee on the blindside.

Prop Jannie du Plessis has been retained in the starting side despite struggling with a hamstring injury and will be given until Friday to shake off the niggle, the team said in a media release today.

Coetzee is relegated to the bench, while lock Andreas Bekker, prop Dean Greyling and back Juan de Jongh have been called up as replacements.

Meanwhile, Australia scrum-half Will Genia has undergone a full reconstruction of his right knee after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament during the Wallabies' 26-19 defeat of South Africa over the weekend, the team said today.

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