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Irish one-two in China as Roche and Deignan star

Roche claims first World Tour win at the end of a season that was hampered at times by poor form and ill health.

Nicolas Roche: first in China.
Nicolas Roche: first in China.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

IRELAND’S NICOLAS ROCHE sprinted to a stage win in the third leg of the Tour of Beijing today.

Ag2r rider Roche pipped compatriot Philip Deignan of RadioShack in a final sprint to the line after a breakaway.

The duo – as well as Team Sky’s Chris Froome – broke clear at the final climb of the day and held off a depleted pack on the descent into Yong Ning.

It is Roche’s first World Tour win and comes towards the end of a season that was hampered at times by poor form and ill health.

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