MAX SCIANDRI TO RIDE FOR BRITAIN

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Max Sciandri, the Derby-born rider whose parents are Italian, will ride for Britain in the Senior World Championships in Colombia, next month. Sciandri, winner of last month's Leeds International Classic, took out a British racing licence earlier this year after being repeatedly ignored by Italy's selectors.

Two riders came to blows during the fourth stage of the Tour of Spain yesterday, which was won by Marcel Wust of Germany with the Frenchman, Laurent Jalabert, remaining race leader. Storm-force winds and rain compelled judges to call a halt after only eight of the 164km and restart the race 71km further on in Villalba, shortening the stage to 85km. The weather improved but tempers, at least among two riders, did not and a fight broke out between the Venezuelan Leonardo Sierra and Spain's Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta.

TOUR OF SPAIN (Tapia de Casariego to La Coruna) Fourth stage: 1 M Wust (Ger) 5hr 2min 39sec; 2 S Zanini (It); 3 L Jalabert (Fr) both same time. Leading overall standings: 1 Jalabert 17hr 6min 14sec; 2 A Olano +12sec; 3 A Zulle 21.

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