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Frenchman Arnaud Demare of FDJ was the sur-
prise winner of the fourth stage of the Tour of
Home hope Mathias Frank kept hold of the leader s
yellow jersey after finishing the 161km stage from
Innertkirchen to Buochs safely in the peloton.
Sprint favourites Peter Sagan, the winner of Monday s
third stage, and Tom Boonen were boxed in on a 90-
degree bend 200-metres from the end and Demare
surged through to take the victory from Australia s
Matthew Goss with American Tyler Farrar in third.
A three-man breakaway early in the day had got
close to surviving right to the end of the lumpy stage
that was made for a sprint finish, but the final escapee,
veteran German break specialist Jens Voigt was caught
inside the final 5km.
He had gone it alone after his companions Olivier
Kaisen and Robert Vrecer fell by the wayside as their
maximum lead of just over 4min proved insufficient.
Sagan s Cannondale team and Boonen s Omega
Pharma-QuickStep outfit led the chase towards the
end of stage, ensuring the escapees were reeled in
and trying to set up their punchy finishers.
However, no-one managed to control the run-in
to the finish and the 90-degree bend 200m from
home helped cause chaos that saw both Sagan and
Boonen lose valuable yards as they were squeezed
off the racing line and forced to slow down.
Demare timed his burst perfectly and took the
bend at speed, acting as a slingshot into the final
He had understood that the first man into the
corner would be at a significant advantage and he
charged down the inside line and emerged into the
final straight with daylight between himself and the
LONDON---Juan Martin del Potro had
to fight off a strong challenge from
Belgium's Xavier Malisse before reach-
ing the third round of the Queen's Club
grass-court tournament with a 7-6 (5),
1-6, 7-5 victory yesterday.
The third-seeded Argentine had won
just three matches in his previous two
appearances at the pre-Wimbledon
event and was playing his first tour-
nament in more than a month since a
respiratory illness kept him out of the
He edged the opening set but was
then overwhelmed in the second and
looked set for another early exit when
he trailed by an early break in the third.
But he rallied to level at 4-4 and then
broke serve again at 6-5 to claim vic-
Earlier, Sam Querrey earned his
200th career singles victory by beating
Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 7-6 (11), 5-7,
7-6 (5) in a rain-interrupted match.
The sixth-seeded American saved a
match point in the third set before win-
ning the second-round contest, which
endured four rain delays and took more
than five hours to complete.
Bedene fell heavily while hitting a
cross-court forehand winner to take
the second-set tiebreaker. He was shak-
en up and received medical attention
but was not injured.
With no breaks of serve in the final
set, Querrey saved a match point at 6-
5 before winning the deciding tiebreaker.
PARIS---The French Anti-
Doping Agency hopes it will
have the support of cycling's
governing body to store blood
and urine samples from Tour
de France riders for eight years.
Bruno Genevois, the head of
French agency AFLD, said yes-
terday the budget for doping
tests at the upcoming Tour is
"at least as much as for last
year." He said Tour organisers
have agreed to pay half the costs.
In its annual report released
yersterday, AFLD said 214 blood
and urine samples were collected
during the 2012 Tour.
The agency and cycling body
UCI have often clashed in the
past. But in late April they reached
an agreement to cooperate and
test riders on the Tour, which
runs from June 29-July 21.
Under World Anti-Doping
Agency rules, labs can stores
samples for eight years. The sam-
ples can be retested within the
eight-year period when new test-
ing methods become available.
Genevois said storing the
samples costs money and he
made clear that UCI has the last
word about whether the samples
should be kept or destroyed.
"Legally, it s a sensitive issue,"
Genevois said. "Those samples
are collected at the UCI s
request. The French laboratories
keep them but it s the UCI that
has control over them."
Genevois said AFLD will test
some riders before the start of
Luxembourg rider Frank
Schleck was pulled from last
year s Tour after testing positive
during the race for a diuretic
called Xipamide. He was sus-
pended for a year and will miss
this year s Tour.
Sky rider Chris Froome of
Britain is the Tour favorite after
winning the Criterium du
Dauphine in impressive fashion
Froome finished second in last
year s Tour behind Bradley Wig-
gins. Wiggins has pulled out of
this year s Tour, citing illness
and a knee injury. (AP)
HALLE---Gael Monfils beat fifth-seeded Milos
Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Gerry
Weber Open yesterday, the latest step in the French-
man's comeback from a knee injury.
In the upset of the day, Mirza Basic of Bosnia, a
lucky loser from qualifying playing his first main-
draw match on the ATP Tour, downed seventh-
seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6
(5).The 21-year-old Basic earned a match point with
a drop volley and won the match when Janowicz
reached another drop shot but sent it back long.
Basic was playing only because Philipp Petzschner
withdrew with a shoulder injury.
"They only told me at noon that I would be playing.
I was a little scared, I was a little nervous, I was playing
a big server on grass, on center court," Basic said.
Monfils broke Raonic for 2-1 in the first set and
never looked back. The Frenchman also went up a
break at the start of the second set. The Canadian
put some pressure on Monfils in the final game, but
Monfils hit a drop shot followed by a lob, and served
out the match with an ace.
Once ranked as high as No 7 in the world, Monfils
missed several months in 2012 because of a right-
knee injury that also cut his season short. He was
ranked No 119 a month ago, but has jumped to No
67 this week. Monfils wasted four match points in
losing to Tommy Robredo in the third round of the
Monfils said adjusting to grass from clay in Paris
was not easy.
"It s very hard for my movement," Monfils said,
adding that he d rather lose a point than risk re-
injuring his knee."
In other first-round matches, sixth-seeded Philipp
Kohlschreiber of Germany cruised past Carlos Berlocq
of Argentina 6-3, 6-1, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia beat
Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, Leonardo
Mayer of Argentina defeated German wild card Jan-
Lennard Struff 7-6 (4), 6-4 and Jurgen Melzer of
Austria outlasted qualifier Riccardo Ghedin of Italy
7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4. (AP)
French Anti-Doping Agency ready for Tour de France
Demare wins stage,
Frank in yellow
Del Potro through at Queens
Andy Murray of Britain plays
a return during a training
session at the Queen's Club
grass court championships in
London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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