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Philippe Gilbert of Belgium wins Tour of Beijing by 3 seconds over Dan Martin


BEIJING — Former world champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium won the Tour of Beijing by three seconds over Dan Martin of Ireland on Tuesday.

Gilbert held onto his overall lead after a 117-kilometer (73-mile) fifth and final stage from Tiananmen Square to the Bird's Nest Piazza.

Sacha Modolo of Italy won the stage in a bunch sprint ahead of Greg Henderson of New Zealand, and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway.

Gilbert, who won a shortened second stage, finished three seconds ahead of Martin, and nine seconds over third-place Esteban Chaves of Colombia, the winner of the young rider classification.

Gilbert says the last lap was "stressful" because of his small lead.

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