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Impressive Bos takes a second gold

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Bos made sprinting look effortless throughout the championships

BORDEAUX, France -- Theo Bos won his second gold medal of the world track cycling championships in Bordeaux when he claimed victory in the speed event.

The 22-year-old Dutchman defeated Britain's Craig MacLean in two successive heats in the final at the Lac Velodrome.

Stefan Nimke of Germany outpaced Frenchman Mickael Bourgain in the race for the bronze, also in two consecutive heats.

Bos, winner of the gold in 2004, the kilometer time trial in 2005 and this year's keirin title, has made sprinting look effortless throughout these championships.

He did not lose a single heat and posted the event's fastest time in the qualifying round (10.100 seconds), covering the last 200 meters at a speed of 71.287 km/h.

In the final, he had far too much power for MacLean, taking the first heat with an unanswered surge. The second was closer, although there was little doubt Bos would triumph.

MacLean, who won silver in the team sprint on the opening day on Thursday, surpassed expectations by becoming the first Briton to reach the speed final in more than 40 years.

Another highlight on the last day of the championships was Maria-Luisa Calle Williams grabbing the first world track gold in Colombia's history, in the women's scratch race.

Canada's Gina Grain took silver and former winner Olga Slyusareva of Russia was third.

Williams and Grain broke away midway through the 1Okm endurance event, which was added to the schedule in 2002.

Slyusareva added a bronze to the silvers she gained in the pursuit and the points race.

Spain won the men's madison gold medal, Ukraine grabbing the silver and Argentina the bronze.

Schleck triumphs

Luxembourg champion Franck Schleck broke away on his own eight kilometres from the finish to win the 253-kms Amstel Gold Race.

Schleck, who turned 26 on Saturday, snatched the perfect birthday present, winning ahead of Swiss Steffen Wesemann and Dutchman Michael Boogerd, who finished on the podium for the seventh time in eight years.

It was Schleck's biggest career victory and the second in succession in a ProTour race for his team CSC after Fabian Cancellara's in the Paris-Roubaix a week ago.

The last rider from Luxembourg to win a major one-day classic was Marcel Erzner in Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 1954.

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