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Adam Yates wins Clasica

Adam Yates became the first British winner of the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian on Saturday with the Orica-GreenEdge rider also claiming his maiden title at UCI WorldTour level. The 22-year-old went into the race on the back of a 50th place finish in the Tour de France. Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert of BMC Racing Team, the 2011 winner, was second just ahead of Spain’s defending champion Alejandro Valverde of Movistar Team. Yates won by 15 seconds after reeling in a late escape launched by young French rider Warren Barguil of Team Giant-Alpecin on the race’s final climb, the col de Bordako Tontorra, 7km from the finish. “Incredible,” Yates said. “I won, but I didn’t know I had won. I spoke on the radio to my sport director, but because of the crowds the radio was too quiet. On the final climb there was a breakaway still up the road. Then there was a lot of carnage on the climb, there was a crash with a motorbike and so I just went full gas. At the time I didn’t know if I had reached the lead or not.”


Goffin facing Thiem in final

Top seed David Goffin of Belgium eased to a 6-4, 6-2 win against two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the Swiss Open semi-finals in Gstaad on Saturday. In yesterday’s final, world No. 14 Goffin was due to face world No. 24 Dominic Thiem of Austria. Thiem beat second seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to maintain a winning run he started by taking the Croatia Open title the previous weekend. Goffin never allowed Bellucci a break point in the match and took control after converting the only chance to break in the first set at 4-4. The 24-year-old Belgian was seeking his third career title and his first on clay. Thiem never dropped serve, landed 79 percent of his first serves and was helped by Lopez’s nine double faults.


Kiradech makes semis

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat lived up to his billing as the “Asian John Daly” on Saturday when his ambitious game gave him a place in the Paul Lawrie Match Play semi-finals in Aberdeen, Scotland. The 26-year-old recovered from a shaky start to beat Michael Hoey 2-and-1 in his quarter-final. Kiradech was three down after four holes, but he went on to win four of the final seven to see off his opponent and book a last-four clash against second seed Marc Warren of Scotland. Warren shot an eagle on the 19th hole to secure his spot in the semi-finals. The Scotsman overcame a back problem and a three-hole deficit to beat England’s Tyrrell Hatton in a playoff. David Howell was the first man to qualify for the final four when he beat fellow Englishman Chris Wood 5-and-4. Howell was due to take on Robert Karlsson in the semi-finals after the Swede beat Scotland’s Richie Ramsay by one hole.


Widegren grabs the lead

Pontus Widegren of Sweden took a one-shot lead into the final round of the Madeira Islands Open and the hope of a first win on the European Tour. Widegren offset two bogeys with two eagles before the turn, and finished the third round with a five-under 67 to sit on a total of 16-under 200. Widegren said he struggled on the greens, but was able to overcome a tough start by hitting “a nice eagle at No. 3” and building momentum. Tied for second were Scott Henry of Scotland and Roope Kakko of Finland. Henry enjoyed a flawless round of 65 with seven birdies, while Kakko finished his round of 64 with three straight birdies.

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