Wiggins edges Talansky at Tour de Romandie
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland Bradley Wiggins won the six-day Tour de Romandie on Sunday after taking the race-ending individual time-trial stage.
Wiggins overcame early mechanical trouble to finish in 28 minutes, 56 seconds for the 10.25-mile circuit around the ski resort of Crans-Montana.
The British rider was one second faster Sunday than Andrew Talansky of the United States, who climbed to second overall, trailing Wiggins by 12 seconds.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Wiggins added the Romandie title to his victory in the Paris-Nice stage race last month, confirming his status as a strong candidate to win the Tour de France in July.
I think its payment for the hard work Ive put in, Wiggins told Swiss broadcaster RTS.
Rui Costa of Portugal finished third overall, 36 seconds behind Wiggins, after placing fourth Sunday.
Overnight leader Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain held a nine-second advantage on Wiggins after two consecutive stage wins but faded against the clock to finish 10th overall.
Wiggins Sky teammates Richie Porte and Michael Rogers finished fourth and fifth overall after the Australian pair were third and seventh fastest, respectively, in the time trial.
The Sky team leaders expected push for the yellow jersey was jeopardized when he lost about 15 seconds after his chain worked loose six minutes into a challenging ride.
It was a true test of a GC (general classification) rider. It had a bit of everything, said Wiggins, whose gear problems on a previous time trial in Switzerland cost him a medal at the 2009 world championships.
Im pleased with how I handled it, he said. A few years ago, I might have ... thrown my bike down a ravine.
1-2-3 consecutive wins for IndyCars Will Power
SAO PAULO Will Power won IndyCars Sao Paulo 300 for the third consecutive time on Sunday. It also was his third consecutive victory in four races this season.
The Australian hardlywas challenged on the streets of South Americas biggest city, finishing ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay on the 2½-mile, 11-turn Anhembi circuit.
Takuma Sato had a great run to finish third for his first podium after starting 25th, and Brazilian Helio Castroneves was fourth after starting 18th.
Sailboat in race apparently collided with larger vessel
ENSENADA, Mexico A sailor who pulled two dead bodies from coastal waters off California and Mexico during a sailboat race said Sunday that he found debris smashed in so many pieces that it looked like the vessel had gone through a blender.
Eric Lamb said both bodies were covered with scrapes and bruises, and one had severe head trauma.
Lamb was working safety patrol Saturday morning when he came across the debris roughly nine hours after the crash occurred. He called the Coast Guard for help.
Two race participants who were in the area at the time of the crash also told The Associated Press on Sunday that they saw a tanker or heard warnings on their radios.
The boat apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing, a sailing organization said early Sunday. It was the states second ocean racing tragedy this month.
The 37-foot Aegean, carrying a crew of four, was reported missing Saturday during a 125-mile Newport Beach, Calif., to Ensenada, Mexico, yacht race, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
It appeared the damage was not inflicted by an explosion but by a collision with a ship much larger than the 37-foot vessel, association spokesman Rich Roberts said in a news release early Sunday.