Cycling: Spanish sweep in Catalonia

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Spain's Fernando Escartin scored the most important victory of his career yesterday when he sealed victory in the Tour of Catalonia.

Escartin won by only two seconds after staying close by the second-placed Angel Casero throughout the final stage, which was won by Sergei Uchakov, of Ukraine.

Mikel Zarrabeitia, a further 24 seconds back overall, joined Escartin and Casero on an all-Spanish winners' podium.

Escartin, who was the best-classified Spaniard in both the Tour of France and Tour of Spain last year, had taken the lead in Wednesday's tough mountain stage, inheriting it from Chris Boardman when the Briton struggled on the climbs, as he did again yesterday.