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Ulissi wins 11th Giro stage; Jungels keeps pink jersey

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ASOLO, Italy (AP) Diego Ulissi won a three-way sprint to take his second victory in this year’s Giro d’Italia on Wednesday, while Bob Jungels held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey after the 11th stage.

Launching a late attack to catch the leaders, Ulissi then edged Andrey Amador and Jungels at the line.

Riding for the Lampre team, Ulissi clocked nearly five hours over the 227-kilometer (141-mile) route from Modena to Asolo, which was mostly flat until a hilly finale.

Ulissi also won the fourth stage, while this was his sixth victory overall at the Giro and the 21st of his career.

Remaining in the Veneto region, Stage 12 on Thursday is an entirely flat 182-kilometer (113-mile) leg from Noale to Bibione that could be one of the final opportunities for sprinters.

Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.

The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.

Cycling rules allow teams to be suspended if two riders are caught doping in a one-year period.

In December, the team’s riders were suspended for 55 days after three cases involving the banned blood booster CERA since July. They included Kleber Ramos of Brazil, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race.

The UCI says the latest cases involve biological passport results for Alex Correia Diniz, who is provisionally suspended, and an allegation against Otavio Bulgarelli of tampering with a doping sample.

Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for two victories in three days

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GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.

World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.

The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.

Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.

Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.