Sporting Digest: Cycling

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Alex Zulle, of Switzerland, made partial amends for a miserable Tour of Spain by winning the 16th stage in the Spanish Pyrenees yesterday. Zulle started the tour as favourite but slipped out of contention last week after a campaign marred by illness and accident. The Frenchman, Laurent Jalabert, crossed the line in second place, retaining the race leader's yellow jersey, and increased his lead over Abraham Olano, of Spain, in the overall standings to 6min 18sec.

TOUR OF SPAIN 16th stage (Tarrega to Pla de Beret, 197.3km): 1 A Zulle (Swit) 5hr 13min 24sec; 2 L Jalabert (Fr); 3 M Bartoli (It); 4 D Garcia (Sp) all +3:20; 5 R Virenque (Fr); 6 M Gianetti (It); 7 R Pistore (It); 8 M Mauri (Sp); 9 A Olano (Sp); 10 J Bruyneel (Bel), all +3:34. Overall: 1 L Jalabert (Fr)74hr 48min 07sec; 2 A Olano (Sp) +6min 18sec; 3 J Bruyneel (Bel) +7:36; 4 M Mauri (Sp) +7:49; 5 M Bartoli (It) +9:23; 6 R Virenque (Fr) +9:57; 7 R Pistore (It) +10:01; 8 D Clavero (Sp) +11:11; 9 D Garcia (Sp) +11:12; 10 F Garcia Casas (Sp) +11:16.