Gent-Wevelgem Classic: Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte continue Team Sky’s strong start

The appalling weather caused numerous crashes and Thomas was half-blown off the road and flipped over his bike

Geraint Thomas raced clear in the final four kilometres

E3 Harelbeke: Team Sky's Geraint Thomas breaks away from rivals to win on the cobbles

His victory is a boost to the team's moral ahead of their major spring goals

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Contador's struggling team points manager Riis towards exit

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Brian Cookson, the UCI president, set up the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) to investigate doping in the sport

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