Irishman Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) scored his first win of the season at the one-day Giro della Toscana in Italy on Sunday.

Martin took the win ahead of Italian Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing) from a six-man group at the end of the 197km race. The victory will have boosted Martin’s chances of making Garmin-Cervelo’s nine-man Tour de France team.

Recent winners of the Giro della Toscana include Daniele Bennati (2005, 2010), Alessandro Petacchi (2009) and Vincenzo Nibali (2007).

Last year, Martin won a stage and the overall of the Tour of Poland.

Kennaugh on podium in Route du Sud

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) finished third overall in the 2011 Route du Sud in France on Sunday.

Kennaugh made his mark in the mountains on stage two of the four-stage UCI 2.1-category race. The Manxman finished sixth behind stage winner Anthony Charteau (Europcar) on a day that took in two of the Pyrenees most infamous climbs – the Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.

Kennaugh then backed this up with a second place on stage three, bringing home the contenders’ group in Bagnères de Luchon behind solo winner Jurgen Van Goolen (Veranda’s Willems) after tackling Port du Balès.

The race was won overall by Belarusian Vasili Kiryienka (Movistar), with Italian Davide Rebellin (Miche-Guerciotti) in second place.

Kennaugh completed the Giro d’Italia in May, his first Grand Tour finish.

Dowsett sixth in Ster ZLM Toer

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) continued his stellar year with an overall win at the five-day Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Britain’s Alex Dowsett ended up sixth overall after coming third in the race’s opening prologue time trial. Crucially, Dowsett brought home a compact chase group on stage four after Gilbert soloed to win the stage.

Brit Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto) also had a good race, finishing third on stage two won by Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) and fifth on Sunday’s final stage behind winner Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad).

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  • Mark Jones

    Kennaugh is starting to look like the rider he promised to be. Still a long way to go, but showing good signs of being the British tour winner Sky promised us. Hopefully Wiggins can place reasonably well in the GC to take some of the pressure and expectation off the young lad.