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Vanmarcke struggling with Paris-Roubaix favourite tag COMPIEGNE: Belgian Sep Vanmarcke said he is still trying to get used to his favourite tag ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.The 25-year-old Belkin rider finished a shock second in this race last year and following a third place finish in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, many have suggested he could be the man to end the Fabian Cancellara-Tom Boonen monopoly on success at the 'Hell of the North' race.But Vanmarcke himself, while feeling confident, says he still isn't used to being mentioned in the same breath as the likes of three-time Paris-Roubaix winner Cancellara and record four-time champion Boonen."Last year I was second, this year I was third in the Tour of Flanders; I can't keep fighting for podiums, I need to start fighting for wins and I won't be happy with second for sure," he said, before acknowledging he could understand why he was now seen as a favourite."Because ...


English fixtures honour Hillsborough dead LONDON: Football grounds all across England fell silent on Saturday to mark the looming 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.The tragedy, which took place on April 15, 1989, saw 96 Liverpool fans die as a result of a crush at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, where the Merseyside club were playing in a FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.Play was halted in the sixth minute as fans desperately climbed over barriers ...

Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win PARIS: South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday.The 30-year-old -- a World Cup winner in 2007 -- touched down in the 66th minute as Toulon came from 20-9 down to prevail, largely thanks to 14 points from Frederic Michalak, and provisionally go top of the table ahead ...

Contador wins in Basque Country, Martin takes time-trial MADRID: Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win of the race in the individual time trial.A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around Markina-Xemein in second place just seven seconds behind Martin, a three ...

Sagan unbowed by Flanders failure COMPIEGNE: Much hyped Slovakian rider Peter Sagan insisted his confidence for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race had not been knocked despite a poor 16th place finish at last week's Tour of Flanders.The 24-year-old Cannondale rider went into last week's cobbled classic as many people's second favourite behind eventual winner Fabian Cancellara, but failed to match the Swiss star's acceleration on the Kwaremont climb 17km from home and played no part in the race for victory.It was yet ...

Man City boss Pellegrini enjoying title pressure According to Sky Sports Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted he is under pressure ahead of Sunday’s clash against Liverpool, but said he is enjoying the competitive feeling. City, who are four points behind Liverpool with two games in hand, need to secure a win to keep their hope of winning Premier League title alive.Pellegrini feels at this stage all the teams at the top, including Chelsea and Liverpool, are feeling the same pressure to ...

Australian Goss secures low amateur title at Masters AUGUSTA: A year after Adam Scott provided Australia with its first Masters champion, teenager Oliver Goss gave the country another success when he secured the silver cup as the low amateur.On the eve of his 20th birthday, Goss upstaged some of the sport's biggest names to shoot a one-under-par 71 in Friday's second round to reach the halfway stage at a respectable three-over.As the only non-professional to make the cut in the year's opening major, ...


 



 
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