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Cycling: Martin hopes over after heavy crash

Ireland's Dan Martin crashed out of overall contention in the eight-day Criterium Dauphine in Saint-Valliers yesterday, as Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky) took over the yellow jersey of race leader.

Martin hit the deck along with Milan-San Remo winner Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) and Dutchman Pim Ligthart (Vaconsoleil) on a roundabout with around 30km of the stage remaining and was forced to give chase alone, eventually finishing 16 minutes down on the stage.

Cadel Evans (BMC) won a sprint finish and his four-second advantage at the line propelled him into second on the general classification, just a single second behind Wiggins.

"It's hard to look too much into the results," said Wiggins at the finish. "I knew Cadel would be good as the Tour de France is coming up and he's always good at the Tour.

"I'm just trying to concentrate on my own race. I stayed safe in the front and felt good."


IRELAND'S Daniel Glancy showed tremendous battling qualities in his opening-round match on the ITF Men's Futures circuit yesterday.

Playing in Turkey for the third week on the trot, the 23-year-old Mayoman battled back from a set down to clinch a second-round place in the outdoor hardcourt tournament in the city of Konya .

Ukraine's Vladslav Manafov took the opener 6-4, but Glancy claimed the second on a tie-break before breaking serve once in the decider to seal a 4-6 7-6 (10/8) 6-3 victory.

The Castlebar native has a rest day today before he plays his third Ukrainian opponent on the trot -- Vladslav Klymenko.


Cork rally ace Keith Cronin, from Ballylickey, added victory in the Jim Clark Memorial International Rally to his Pirelli International win of five weeks ago to put himself in a strong position to claim his third MSA British Championship.

Cronin's Citroen DS3 was more than a minute clear of the similar car of England's Tom Cave at the finish in Duns, with Ulster pair Jonny Greer and Gordon Noble third in another Citroen.

Cronin's main worry was a problem with the brake pedal, which broke off twice during the rally, but he was able to stay ahead of the opposition.

Despite missing the opening round of the series in February, Cronin is just two points behind the joint championship leaders, Cave and Elfyn Evans, and the 25-year-old is now the firm favourite to add the 2012 title to his 2009 and 2010 championships.

Irish Independent