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ENGLAND’S SEAN YATES CAPTURES U.S. PRO CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP

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Sean Yates of England, known as an unselfish racer who sets up victories for teammates, took the lead in the ninth of 10 laps and won the U.S. Pro Cycling Championship Sunday.

Yates, 34, finished with a time of 6 hours 4 minutes 25 seconds in the 156-mile race, the richest single-day cycling event in America. Yates' first-place prize was $25,000.Bruno Boscardin of Italy and Team Polti finished 56 seconds behind Yates, just beating out Brian Walton of Canada and Team Saturn at the line for second place.

Steve Hegg, of Dana Point, Calif., finished fifth and, as the first American finisher, is the U.S. professional road cycling champion.

Yates' win gave him a sweep of the U.S. triple crown of cycling, which is worth a $10,000 bonus.