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Gallacher of Scotland shot a 6-
under 65 yesterday to share a
one-shot lead with Thomas
Bjorn after the second round
of the European Masters.
Bjorn, the 2011 champion
from Denmark, shot a second
straight 66 to sit level with Gal-
lacher at 10-under 132 on a low-
scoring day in the Swiss Alps
Miguel Angel Jiminez of Spain
joined a five-way tie for third
on 9 under, shooting a 68 that
included five birdies in a six-
hole homeward stretch.
Danny Willett was also in that
group after shooting the day s
best round of 64, including an
eagle 3 at the par-5 first hole,
five birdies and no dropped
shots. His fellow Englishmen
Tommy Fleetwood and Richard
Finch, plus Victor Dubuisson of
France, also trailed Gallacher
and Bjorn by one shot.
Overnight leader Anirban
Lahiri of India, Paul Casey of
England and 23-year-old Amer-
ican Brooks Koepka were among
five players on 8 under.
Lahiri followed his 63 with a
level-par 71 that included a dou-
ble bogey at the par-3 16th.
Three-time major winner
Padraig Harrington of Ireland
fired a 65 to be 7 under, three
shots off the lead.
Defending champion Richie
Ramsay of Scotland missed the
cut after a level-par 71 left him
at 2 over. The cut was projected
at 1 under.
player Ye Wocheng improved on
his opening 78 with a 76 yes-
terday for a 12-over finish to his
second European Tour event.
The Swiss tournament is co-
sanctioned with the Asian tour.
Bjorn, Gallacher share
lead at European Masters
CASTELLDEFELS---French cyclist Warren Barquil
earned his first professional win in the 13th stage
of the Spanish Vuelta yesterday, while Vincenzo
Nibali kept the overall lead before the race enters
three straight days in the mountains.
Barquil sprinted away from a small breakaway
group over the final 200 hundred metres (yards) to
claim the 169-kilometre (105-mile) ride from Valls
to Castelldefels on the Mediterranean coast in four
hours, 13 seconds.
Barquil is a former French junior champion and
won the Tour de l Avenir in 2012. He dedicated the
win to his recently deceased grandfather.
"I am very happy for this victory, this is my first
as a professional," said Barquil, who rides for Argos-
The hilly ride in the northeastern region of Catalonia
didn t alter the top of the overall classification.
Nibali maintained his 31-second lead over nearest
chaser Nicolas Roche. Alejandro Valverde and Christo-
pher Horner were tied for third overall at 46 seconds
behind, while Joaquim Rodriguez was fifth at two
minutes, 33 seconds off Nibali s pace.
Nibali, who is aiming to add to his Giro d Italia
win from earlier this summer, appeared to be almost
fully recovered from a bee sting that had caused his
face to swell.
Today, the riders dispute the first of three stages
in the Pyrenees with a 156-kilometre (97-mile) route
starting at Baga and finishing in the principality of
Andorra. The 14th stage features a special-category
climb and ends with a first-category summit finish.
Weather reports forecast the end to the sunny and
warm conditions riders have enjoyed so far. A drop
in temperature and rain is expected in the moun-
The three-week grand tour finishes in Madrid on
Barquil wins 13th
...Nibali keeps lead
AIGLE---The International Cycling Union
rejected an American-led request yesterday
to let sports highest court decide if Pres-
ident Pat McQuaid has a valid candidacy
to stand for re-election.
USA Cycling had proposed that the Court
of Arbitration for Sport should clear up
uncertainty over McQuaid s nomination to
oppose British challenger Brian Cookson in
a September 27 poll.
Cookson could yet file an appeal to CAS
but a fast-track judgment could not be given
without agreement from McQuaid and the
That consent seems unlikely after the
UCI said its executive board "ruled unan-
imously" that the annual congress of cycling
federations should decide election issues
rather than CAS.
McQuaid claims he has valid election
nominations from cycling bodies in Thailand
and Morocco, where he is a member, to
seek a third four-year term.
Federations in McQuaid s native country,
Ireland, and Switzerland, where he lives,
withdrew their support.
Cookson s legal advisers believe UCI
statutes require a presidential candidate to
be nominated by his home federation.
American officials had support from Rus-
sia, Canada, Finland, and Algeria to demand
clarity from the UCI via a CAS ruling.
The UCI said McQuaid, one of four exec-
utive board members, took no part in the
decision announced Friday. The board
includes UCI vice presidents Cho Hee Wook
of South Korea, Renato Di Rocco of Italy
and Artur Lopes of Portugal.
McQuaid is seeking re-election amid a
reputational crisis for cycling s world body
in the fallout from the Lance Armstrong
Cookson, the long-standing president of
British Cycling and a UCI management
board member, pledges to restore the sport s
The winner is chosen by secret ballot of
an electoral college of 42 delegates. (AP)
UCI refuses to involve CAS in McQuaid dispute
Warren Barguil, from France, celebrates as he
crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the
Spanish Vuelta, a 1649 km-kilometre (105 mile) ride
starting in Valls and finishing in Castelldefels,
Castelldefels, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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