Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
GRAEME OBREE is joining world road race champion Luc Leblanc in a new French team, Le Groupement, days after losing his world hour record to the Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain. It is part of the Scot's plan to dispel perceptions of him as a loner to that of a team rider, and his time trail skills may be called on for the Tour de France.

TOUR OF CATALONIA Fifth stage (Caldas de Boi to Lerida, 188km): 1 L Jalabert (Fr) ONCE 4hr 32min 06sec; 2 D Bramati (It) Lampre; 3 S Schiavina (It) Carrera; 4 M Van Heeswijk (Neth) Motorola; 5 A Edo (Sp) Kelme; 6 A Saitov (Rus) Kelme; 7 I Martin (Sp) Lotus; 8 A Neves (Port) Artiach; 9 E Anguita (Sp) Castellblanch; 10 M Van Haecke (Bel) Lott all same time. Overall: 1 C Chiapucci (It) Carrera 16hr 49min 35sec; 2 P Delgado (Sp) Banesto +2; 3 F Escartin (Sp) Mapei Clas +10; 4 W Belli (It) Lampre +43; 5 A Sanchez (Sp) Artiach +1:12.

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