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Thursday 19 October 2017

Paris-Nice is Porte's again

Australia's Richie Porte competes during the 9,5 km individual time-trial and last stage of the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race in Nice, southeastern France, on March 15, 2015
Australia's Richie Porte competes during the 9,5 km individual time-trial and last stage of the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race in Nice, southeastern France, on March 15, 2015

Team Sky rider Richie Porte reeled in a 36-second gap to win the Paris-Nice title for the second time in three years.

The Australian was well placed but still significantly behind Tony Gallopin heading into the final day, but while Porte surged the overnight leader fell away on the Col d'Eze time-trial.

Porte, 30, clocked 20 minutes 23 seconds for the 9.5 kilometre climb, 13 seconds quicker than nearest challenger Simon Spilak.

Michal Kwiatowski finished second overall and third on the day. Porte's team-mate Nicolas Roche finished 32 on the day and 28th overall.

 

Donegal pair stay focused

The Donegal-Derry pairing of Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan brought their Ford Focus WRC to its third major victory in five weeks by taking top spot by 69 seconds in the Quality Hotels West Cork Rally, increasing their lead in the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship. Their closest challengers were Sam Moffett and Karl Atkinson in the Combilift Fiesta.

George Coetzee recorded a final round 65 on his home course at Pretoria Country Club to win the Tshwane Open, seeing off the challenge of South African compatriot Jacques Blaauw by one stroke.

A birdie at the 17th hole helped seal the second European Tour win for the 28-year-old Coetzee, who was part of a group of six who held the overnight lead but were blown off the top of the leader board by a whirlwind 61 from Blaauw.

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke was the only Irish man to make it past the second round cut and he finished on five under after a final round 69.

Demons close to historic feat

C&S UCC Demons were crowned Men's Premier League champions after a 116-65 win over Dublin Inter. The win completed their unbeaten league and cup campaign and now just the Champions Trophy stands between the Cork side and the history books - no team has ever gone an entire season unbeaten in three national competitions.

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