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Martin unhurt in Paris-Nice Fittipaldi: Schuey can be big success Villegas to play in Limerick pro-am

cycling: Ireland's Daniel Martin suffered a high-speed crash in the final run-in to a dramatic second stage of Paris-Nice, won by France's William Bonnet.

Martin wasn't seriously injured and managed to finish the stage, while Ireland's Nicolas Roche managed to avoid the carnage and finished in 35th position.

Bonnet avoided the pile-up in the finale of the 201km second stage of the Paris-Nice race to snatch his most prestigious victory to date on Tuesday.

Bonnet surged in the final stretch of the 201km stage into Limoges to beat Slovak Peter Sagan while defending champion Luis Leon Sanchez was third.

Radobank rider Lars Boom leads the overall standings, five seconds ahead of Germany's Jens Voigt in second and 10 ahead of Sanchez in third place.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador started as planned, despite bruises from his crash the previous day, and he took no risks, finishing 17th in the same time as Bonnet.

Pietersen will find form says Flower

CRICKET: Andy Flower refuses to believe Kevin Pietersen's lean run will last for long and has backed the faltering batsman to make a big contribution in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Pietersen endured a lacklustre tour of his native South Africa over the winter, and since arriving in Bangladesh things have taken a turn for the worse, with talk about a perceived weakness against left-arm spin and just 69 runs in seven innings against modest opposition.

"The hard work he is putting in and the thought he is putting into his game will stand him in good stead," insisted Flower.

Fittipaldi: Schuey can be big success

MOTOR RACING: Ex-world champion Emerson Fittipaldi insists Michael Schumacher can be a success on his Formula One comeback this season.

"He is physically fit. I know there are much younger drivers, but as long as the motivation is there to compete he will be competitive," said the Brazilian.

Villegas to play in Limerick pro-am

GOLF: Camilo Villegas will drop into Adare Manor for July's JP McManus pro-am after he agreed to join defending champion Padraig Harrington in a star-studded field at the event in Co Limerick on July 5-6.

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