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Hamilton top U.S. finisher at 18th

Updated: August 14, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Italy's Paolo Bettini pulled away in the final 100 meters to win the men's cycling road race Saturday, while one of the deepest groups of American riders in an Olympics failed to reach the medals stand.

Bettini, his arms outstretched and pumping, wept and blew kisses to the crowd after making a desperate surge past Portugal's Sergio Paulinho, who led much of the final lap around the 8.2-mile circuit.

Bettini, a former world champion who built his training ...

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