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Roche wary of Sky's mix

CYCLING: Stephen Roche believes an embarrassment of riches could have a detrimental impact on Team Sky's Tour de France hopes this summer.

Twenty five years on from his own Tour success, Roche anticipates a tactical struggle within the British team, with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome capable of winning the yellow jersey and world champion Mark Cavendish likely to aim to win stages and defend the points classification's green jersey he won last year.

Team Sky also has further talents likely to be in their Tour team, including Edvald Boasson Hagen, a double Tour stage winner last year.

"It's going to be a complicated mix, and wanting to take all the cream on the apple tart could make the cream turn sour," said Roche.

Ag2r rue 15th place

CYCLING: American Taylor Phinney yesterday took the first race leader's pink jersey at the four-day Giro del Trentino in Italy as his BMC team stormed to victory in the opening team time trial.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche's Ag2r squad fell apart in the 15km race against the clock.

Roche's team finished 53 seconds down on BMC, who finished in 15 minutes and 50 seconds, yesterday to claim 15th place after what Roche described as a "disastrous" start to the mountainous four-day race.

The French-based team lost three riders in the first half of the 15km test.

"We had a few guys in trouble really early on and were down to the bare five men pretty soon into the stage," said Roche.

Murray marches on

TENNIS: Andy Murray made an emphatic start to his clay-court season as he required just 67 minutes to swat aside Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Murray, who enjoyed his best clay-court campaign last season, started in style by breaking Troicki's opening service game. He took the first set in just 27 minutes before wrapping up the match 6-0 6-3.

Haile happy to Run

ATHLETICS: Haile Gebrselassie may not be running at this year's London Olympics but he is not downhearted as he will race in next month's Great Manchester Run,

"Although I will not be taking part in the Olympic marathon I am still enjoying my athletics career," he said.

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