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EKIMOV INCREASES EDGE AT TOUR DUPONT

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Sprinting specialist Djamolidin Abdujaparov of Uzbekistan claimed his third straight top-three finish and race leader Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia increased his edge by one second Saturday in the strategic 10th stage of the Tour DuPont.

Abdujaparov, 30, who claimed three Tour de France stages last July, won the 75-mile Concord-to-High Point road race in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 56 seconds after finishing third in the eighth stage and second in the ninth.