Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
CHRIS BOARDMAN missed yesterday's Merseyside Wheelers' invitation TT in Cheshire because of illness. Pete Longbottom the Commonwealth Games silver medallist capitalised to score his second victory in three years in the event. Boardman is expected to be fit for Saturday's match against Francis Moreau, the Frenchman he beat in the world pursuit final, in the opening meeting at Manchester's new pounds 9m velodrome.

ERIK ZABEL, the German sprinter, surprised the favourites by winning the Paris-Tours World Cup race in a packed finish. Zabel prevented Gianluca Bortolami from completing a rare treble following the Italian's victories in the two previous Cup races. The main bunch were all credited with the winner's time of 6hr 15min 37sec.