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Rogers joy in Giro after dope charge

CYCLING: Michael Rogers took advantage of a downhill attack to win the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia yesterday, while fellow Aussie Cadel Evans retained the overall lead.

Rogers, who was recently cleared of a doping charge, attacked with more than 20km to go in the 249-kilometre leg from Collecchio to Savona, just after the pack got over a category 2 climb. Simon Geschke won the bunch sprint for second, crossing 10 seconds after Rogers, and Enrico Battaglin finished third with the same time.

Evans’ 57-second lead over Rigoberto Uran remained unchanged entering today’s 41.9 km individual time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo.

Last month, the UCI accepted that meat Rogers ate in China probably caused his positive test last year.

Bevin sprints to stage win

A lightning fast finish in Cahirciveen saw yellow jersey leader Patrick Bevin winning a bunch sprint to take victory in stage four of An Post Rás and retain his overall lead.

Last year’s winner, Marcin Bialoblocki (Britain Velosure Giordana), took second place with Peter Williams (France Bretagne Velotec) third.

A group of 12 riders led for the majority of the stage before Owain Doull (An Post Chain Reaction) and Alessandro Pettiti (Italy Team Idea) attacked from the front.

With only 5km to go, the duo were caught by the chasing bunch, which featured Bevin (New Zealand National Team), and the Kiwi showed his superior sprinting skills to take the chequered flag.

Scott aims to
enjoy top slot

GOLF: Adam Scott plans to enjoy being the world’s top-ranked player for as long as he can but knows his focus needs to be on golf at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The Australian will be competing in his first PGA event since topping the rankings on Monday. “It’s incredible really to be the number one,” said Scott.