Boardman in eighth position

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Britain's Olympic champion Chris Boardman lies eighth, 18 seconds behind the leader Laurent Jalabert, after four stages of the Midi Libre event in France. Cedric Vasseur won yesterday's stage, a 96-mile circuit race around Marvejols.

MIDI LIBRE RACE (Marvejols, Fr, 155km/96.3m circuit) Fourth stage leading placings: 1 C Vasseur (Fr) 3hr 47min 27sec; 2 R Menegotto (It) same time; 3 A Tchmil (Ukr) +6sec; 4 M Van Heeswijk (Neth); 5 F Simon (Fr); 6 P Chanteur(Fr) all s/t.

TOUR OF ITALY (Crotone to Catanzaro, 179km/111miles) Sixth stage leading placings: 1 P Herve (Fr) Festina 4 hr 29min 45sec; 2 R Petito (It) Saeco +4sec; 3 F Casagrande (It) Saeco +12; 4 D Rebellin (It) Polti; 5 L Piepoli (It) Refin; 6 E Berzin (Rus) Gewiss. Leading overall standings: 1 Herve +28hrs 40min 37sec; 2 Fabrizio Guidi (It) Scrigno +6sec; 3 Petito +8; 4 Fabrizio Bontempi (It) Brescialat +17; 5 Casagrande +20; 6 Vergnani +24.

BCF NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS (Manchester): Open 40km points race (25km heats): Heat one: 1 P West (Middridge CRT) 21pts; 2 R Williams (Team Ambrosia) 15; 3 H Pritchard (Harlow CC) 14. Time: 31min 35.139sec. Heat two: 1 R Hayles (Team Ambrosia) 25; 2 A Worthington (VC St Raphael) 14; 3 J Hargreaves (Stretford Wh) 12. Time: 31:23.779. Open kilometre TT Final: 1 S Wallace (Harlow CC) 1min 05.627sec (championship record); 2 J Queally (CC Lancashire) 1:05.959; 3 C MacLean (City of Edinburgh RC) 1:06.269.