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Miguel Indurain won the Dauphine Libere race for the second consecutive year yesterday in preparation for the Tour de France, which the Spaniard will attempt to win for a record sixth time. Indurain finished sixth in the 174km final stage, but his stage wins in Friday's time trial and Saturday's mountain stage allowed him to hold a lead of 1min 21sec over Tony Rominger, of Switzerland in the overall standings. Britain's Chris Boardman, who managed to stay with the best in the mountains and won the race's prologue, finished fifth overall.

Chris Walker, the former Milk Race winner, capped his comeback after a short-lived retirement from competition when he won yesterday's Five Valleys road race, round 10 of the Premier Calendar series, over a 93.6- mile course in South Wales.