Australia's Gerrans wins Milan-San Remo classic


SAN REMO, Italy (AP) -- Simon Gerrans became the second consecutive Australian winner of the Milan-San Remo classic Saturday, edging Swiss standout Fabian Cancellara and top Italian hope Vincenzo Nibali in a three-man sprint finish.

Last year, Matthew Goss became the first Australian winner of the 185-mile race.

Gerrans, who rides for the GreenEdge team, finished in 6 hours, 59 minutes, 24 seconds. Cancellara and Nibali crossed with the same time.

World champion Mark Cavendish, the 2009 San Remo winner, surprisingly dropped behind on the mild Le Manie climb with 62 miles to go.