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Colombia’s Lopez wins 9-day Tour de Suisse

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DAVOS, Switzerland —¬†Claiming a career-best title, 22-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez won the nine-day Tour of Switzerland on Sunday by placing fourth in a shortened final stage.

Lopez got the same time as his fellow Colombian, Jarlinson Pantano, who won a 57-kilometer (35-mile) stage to the Alpine resort of Davos that avoided a mountain pass due to severe weather.

Pantano, riding for Swiss team IAM Cycling, out-sprinted Sergei Chernetckii of Russia and third-placed Jon Izaguirre of Spain.

Lopez was the first Colombian rider to win the Swiss race, 12 seconds overall ahead of Izagirre and 18 clear of Frenchman Warren Barguil in third.

Earlier in the race, Lopez was named alongside Nairo Quintana, the two-time Tour de France runner-up, in Colombia’s team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race in August.

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.