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Richie Porte wins Tour of Romandie after strong time trial

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Richie Porte won the six-day Tour of Romandie with a strong ride in the final time-trial stage on Sunday.

Setting off 19 seconds behind overnight leader Simon Yates, Australia’s Porte posted the second-fastest time over 18 kilometers (11 miles) of cobbles and roads in Lausanne to have a 21-second overall winning margin.

Britain’s Yates hung on as overall runner-up, five seconds ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who won the time trial.

Roglic clocked 24 minutes, 58 seconds and was eight seconds ahead of Porte. Tejay van Garderen of the United States was third fastest, trailing Roglic by 34 seconds.

Porte added the Romandie title to his Tour Down Under victory on home roads in January.

Two-time Romandie winner Chris Froome of Britain was ninth fastest Sunday and 33rd overall.

Australia’s Michael Matthews wins Tour of Romandie prologue

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FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) Michael Matthews of Australia won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue on Tuesday for his first victory of the season.

Matthews was one second faster than Tom Bohli of Switzerland on the 4-kilometer (2-1/2 mile) route around Fribourg. Primoz Roglic of Slovenia was third.

After a stellar 2017, when he won two Tour de France stages and the green jersey as most consistent finisher, Matthews had a low-key European spring season.

The Team Sunweb rider told Swiss broadcaster RTS it was a “massive relief” to get his first win.

The six-day race through Switzerland’s French-speaking region continues Wednesday with a 166-kilometer (103-mile) ride from Fribourg to Delemont. It includes three category 2 climbs.

Andy Rihs, Swiss owner of cycling, soccer teams, dies at 75

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. He was 75.

Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after “a patient and valiantly endured illness,” the BMC team said Thursday in a statement.

“Our grief is indescribable, but we will carry on his values,” the team said, praising Rihs for his “generosity, his sense of humor, and his infectious laugh.”

Rihs’s death comes with Young Boys close to winning its first Swiss league title in 32 years. Young Boys leads by 11 points with six matches left.

“Andy, thank you for everything. We will miss you,” Young Boys said in a statement.

Rihs’s brother, Hans-Ueli, is also an owner of the club and Stade de Suisse in Bern, known locally as Wankdorf. The stadium staged the 1954 World Cup final.

As BMC owner, Rihs secured a Tour de France title five years after his previous team was involved in a doping scandal. Cadel Evans of Australia wore BMC’s black and red colors to victory in the 2011 Tour.

In 2006, the Rihs-backed Phonak team disbanded after American rider Floyd Landis was stripped of the Tour title.