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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.

World champ Peter Sagan to race in Tour Down Under

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Three-time world road race champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia has confirmed he will compete in the Tour Down Under in January, the opening World Tour event of the season.

Sagan won the world title last month for the third straight year, becoming the first cyclist to do so. He competed in the Tour Down Under for the first time last year, finishing second on three stages behind Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Sagan, who rides for the BORA-hansgrohe team, said the six-stage Tour Down Under is “the perfect start to the UCI World Tour season each year … a challenging and tough course, warm weather and the passionate fans that cheer for us day in day out no matter what.”

Former Olympic cycling champ fired after positive drug test

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) Former Olympic road cycling champion Samuel Sanchez, who returned a positive doping test in August, had his B-sample confirmed Wednesday and was promptly fired by the BMC Racing Team.

Sanchez’s out-of-competition test revealed growth hormone-releasing peptide 2, or GHRP-2, a drug that increases a body’s level of growth hormone. Several cyclists have tested positive for the drug, among them Italian rider Stefano Pirazzi, who was given a four-year ban earlier this week.

The U.S.-based BMC Team said in a statement Wednesday that it was adhering to its zero-tolerance policy toward doping by terminating the Spaniard’s contract “with immediate effect.”

The 39-year-old Sanchez, who had been provisionally suspended, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.