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Amstel Gold Race drops Cauberg hill from final lap

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) The tough final climb up the Cauberg hill has been cut from this year’s Amstel Gold Race cycling classic, with organizers saying the move should create a more open race.

Climbing specialists often wait until the short but steep Cauberg shortly before the finish line to make their move in the race that passes through the rolling hills of Limburg province.

Race director Leo van Vliet says he now hopes “to create a more open race, which leads to more potential winners and the attacking riders will have more chance.”

Fans of Dutch climbs will still get the chance to see riders going up the Cauberg – the racers have to climb it three times during the April 16 event.

Yates edges Porte in mountains to lead Tour of Romandie

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LEYSIN, Switzerland — Simon Yates outlasted Richie Porte to win the Tour de Romandie’s main mountain stage and earn the leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday.

Britain’s Yates easily held off Australian Porte as both clocked the same time for the 163-kilometer (101-mile) trek to Leysin ski station.

Yates, riding for the Orica-Scott team, took a 19-second lead on Porte to start Sunday’s 18-kilometer (11-mile) time trial to Lausanne that ends the six-day race.

Emanual Buchmann of Germany placed third, 20 seconds back, and was third overall, trailing Yates by 38 seconds.

Fabio Felline of Italy fell to fourth overall, 44 seconds back, after holding the lead since Tuesday.

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome dropped from the main group five kilometers (three miles) from the finish and lost more than one minute to Yates.

American cyclist Chad Young dies from injuries sustained in crash

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Promising cyclist Chad Young died from injuries sustained during a high-speed crash at the Tour of Gila, the first American rider to die in a prominent North American stage race in nearly two decades. Young was 21.

His team, Axeon Hagens Berman, said Young died late Friday in Tucson, Arizona.

The team said he was involved in a crash last Sunday during the queen stage of the New Mexico race. Medics were on the scene within minutes and Young was airlifted to a hospital in Tucson, where he was initially listed in stable condition.

Young was downgraded to critical on Tuesday when the extent of his head injuries became clear.

The last American rider to die from injuries sustained in a major North American competition was Nicole Reinhart, who crashed during a race in 2000 in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Collegiate rider Randall Fox was killed last year during a race near Seattle.