Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
TONY ROMINGER, the Tour of Spain winner, pulled out of next week's World Road Race Championships in Sicily after retiring in the Zurich championship race yesterday. 'He didn't feel he could play a part in such a demanding race,' Switzerland's team manager, Auguste Girard, said.

WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS (Palermo, Sicily) Men's points race final (40km): 1 B Risi (Swit) 35pts; 2 J Petersen (Den) 18; 3 F Stocher (Aut) 14.

WORLD ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Palermo): Women's 50km team time trial: 1 Russia (O Sokolova, A Ilaliaseva, S Boubnenkova, V Polhanova) 1hr 4min 55sec; 2 Lithuania 1:05:39; 3 United States 1:05:53; 4 Spain 1:06.51; 5 Italy 1:07.07; 6 Germany 1:09.15. Men's 100km team time trial: 1 Italy (G Colombo, D Andriotto, G Contri, C Salvato) 1hr 57min 54sec; 2 France 2:00:42; 3 Germany 2:00:55; 4 Sweden 2:01:46; 5 Switzerland 2:02:19; 6 Spain 2:03:11.

ZURICH CLASSIC (243.6km): 1 G Bortolami (It) Mapei-Clas 6hr 14min 11sec; 2 J Museeuw (Bel) GB MG; 3 M Fondriest (It) Lampre- Panaria; 4 C Chiapucci (It) Carrera-Tassoni; 5 B Riis (Den) Gewiss Ballan; 6 F Puttini (Swit) Brescialat; 7 P Richard (Swit) GB MG; 8 M Ghirotto (It) ZG Mobili-Selle; 9 L Leblanc (Fr) Festina Andorra; 10 L Armstrong (US) Motorola all same time. Leading world championship standings: 1 Museeuw 125pts; 2 Bortolami 116; 3 A Tschmil (Mol) 115; 4 G Furlan (It) 87; 5 Armstrong 80; 6 F Baldato (It) 67; 7 G Bugno (It) 63; 8 Chiappucci 54; 9= F Ballerini (It), Y Berzin (Rus), A de las Cuevas (Sp) 50.

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