Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
EVGENY BERZIN, of Russia, won the 77th Tour of Italy by nearly three minutes yesterday after holding the lead since the fourth stage. The 24- year-old is the first Russian to win a major tour.

TOUR OF ITALY Final stage (198km, Turin to Milan): 1 S Zanini (It) Navigare 4hr 54min 38sec; 2 D Abdoujaparov (Uzbek) Polti; 3 R Pagnin (It) Navigare; 4 G Lombardi (It) Lampre; 5 F Fontanelli (It) ZG Mobili; 6 G Gorini (It) Jolly Componibili; 7 G Bortolami (It) Mapei Clas; 8 A Ferrigato (It) ZG Mobili; 9 A Teteriouk (Kaz) Mapei Clas; 10 C Chiappucci (It) Carrera all s/t. Overall: 1 E Berzin (Rus) Gewiss Ballan 100:41:21; 2 M Pantani (It) Carrera +2min 51sec; 3 M Indurain (Sp) Banesto +3:23; 4 P Tonkov (Rus) Lampre +11:16; 5 Chiappucci +11:58; 6 N Rodriguez (Col) ZG Mobili +13:17; 7 M Podenzana (It) Navigare +14:35; 8 G Bugno (It) Polti +15:26; 9 A de las Cuevas (Fr) Castorama +15:35; 10 A Hampsten (US) Motorola +17:21.

TOUR OF LUXEMBOURG Fourth and final stage (191km): 1 G Hincapie (US) 5hr 20min 14sec; 2 A Tchmile (Rus); 3 A Elli (It) both same time. Overall: 1 F Maassen (Neth) 19hr 34min 41sec; 2 Hincapie +7sec; 3 M Mauri (Sp) +59; 4 A Kasputis (Lith) +1:07; 5 R Jaermann (Swit) +1:13.

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