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Bettini wins in sprint finish to defend road race title

Updated: September 30, 2007, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- Paolo Bettini defended his road race title at the world championships Sunday, beating Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia and Stefan Schumacher of Germany in a sprint finish.

The victory came two days after a court ruled against an effort to ban the Italian for refusing to sign an anti-doping pledge.

"It was a torturous week for me," Bettini said. "I had a lot of anger inside me. The only thing I could do was respond with a victory."

He finished ...

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