LeMond regains Tour de France leadThree-time Tour de...

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July 14, 1991

LeMond regains Tour de France lead

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond regained the overall lead with a strong showing yesterday in the eighth stage, a 45-mile individual time trial from Argentan to Alencon. LeMond finished second in the trial, eight seconds behind Spain's Miguel Indurain, but that was good enough to overtake Erik Breukink of the Netherlands in the overall standings.

Breukink, who won two of the three time trials in last year's race, led LeMond by 26 seconds at the last checkpoint. But he faded near the finish and ended up fourth in the time trial, more than a minute behind Indurain and LeMond.

LeMond leads Breukink by 1 minute, 13 seconds in the overall race. Djamolidine Abdoujaparov of the Soviet Union finished seventh in the time trial, dropping him from second to third

overall. He trails LeMond by 1:21.

It is the third time LeMond has held the lead in this year's race. He took the lead after the first stage last Sunday, then lost it during the team time trial the same day to Rolf Sorensen of Denmark. Sorensen fell and broke his collarbone during the fifth stage. He withdrew before the start of the sixth stage on Thursday and LeMond, who had been in second, technically moved into the lead. Ivan Lendl, who was a late entrant into the Sovran Bank Classic in Washington last week, has withdrawn because of a staph infection in his right hand. Lendl had surgery on the hand in the spring.

On Tuesday, Lendl found that the infection had returned to his hand, tournament director Josh Ripple told The Washington Post. On Wednesday, a doctor told Lendl he couldn't play.

* Sergi Bruguera and Emilio Sanchez, teammates on the Spanish Davis Cup team, will play for the Swiss Open title after straight-set victories in the semifinals.

Bruguera made it to the final for the second year in a row by defeating fourth seed Goran Ivanisevic of Yugoslavia, 6-1, 7-5. Sanchez, the No. 5 seed and the 1987 winner of the tournament in Gstaad, breezed by seventh-seeded Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-1.

* Alberto Mancini of Argentina rallied after losing the first eight games to beat No. 3 seed Alexander Volkov, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Swedish Open in Bastad.

Mancini, seeded eighth, will play No. 2 Magnus Gustafsson in today's final. Gustafsson also came from one set down, outlasting his fellow Swede Christian Bergstrom, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in a match twice interrupted by rain.

* Jim Courier and Michael Chang advanced to the final of the Gunze World tournament in Osaka, Japan, each beating a fellow American in the semifinals. Courier, the French Open champion, defeated U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras, 6-4, 6-3. Chang, the 1989 French Open champion, beat Patrick McEnroe, 6-4, 6-4, in other semifinal on the artificial court of the Osaka Municipal Gymnasium.

Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, the Wimbledon runner-up, and Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria advanced to the women's final. Sabatini beat Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-4, and Katerina, Magdalena's older sister, defeated Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

* Top-seeded Sandra Cecchini of Italy and unseeded Mary Pierce of France won straight-set semifinal victories in the Palermo, Sicily, Women's Tennis Association tournament. Cecchini beat third-seeded Emanuela Zardo of Switzerland, 6-3, 7-6, and Pierce routed Belgian qualifier Sandra Wassermann, 6-1, 6-1.

* Ilie Nastase of Romania, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and Ashley Cooper of Australia were inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport (R.I.) Casino.


Dirty Dozen of Los Angeles edged Baltimore's La Dolce Vita, 2-1, in the United States Soccer Federation over-30 national championship in Los Angeles. Dirty Dozen was the defending champion.

9- Jim Pollihan scored La Dolce Vita's goal.

South Africa

South Africa has applied to enter next fall's All-Africa Games and offered to help finance them, the head of the event's Egyptian organizing committee said. Abdel-Moneim Emara said the decision must come from the Organization of African Unity, which boycotts South Africa because of its racial segregation.

Emara said members of the Senegal-based African High Council for Youth and Sports, an arm of the OAU, will meet a delegation from South Africa to discuss the request.

* The executive committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee made no official recommendation on whether to rescind its order barring U.S. athletes from competing in South Africa. Robert Helmick, USOC president, had said he favors doing away with the ban, which was issued after several track coaches and athletes took part in a four-meet tour of South Africa in 1988.

Helmick said the committee will wait until October before making a recommendation to the USOC's board of directors.


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