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Bettini clinches World Cup

Updated: October 16, 2004, 1:44 PM ET
Associated Press

COMO, Italy -- Giro d'Italia champion Damiano Cunego of Italy won a five-way sprint Saturday to capture the Tour of Lombardy while countryman and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini clinched his third consecutive World Cup title to close the international cycling season.

Bettini finished 29th, one spot behind main rival Davide Rebellin, to secure the overall title. He ended the competition with 340 points, 13 ahead of Rebellin.

The yearly 10-race competition, which started in 1989, ...

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