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Jul 21

Tour de France: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19 – video highlights

Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19 of the Tour de France in Salon-de-Provence on Friday. The Dimension Data rider finally gets a stage victory on the 2017 Tour after twice missing out in a photo finish. Team Sky’s Chris Froome stays in yellow before Saturday’s decisive time trial in Marseille

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Jul 21

Tour de France 2017: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19

Edvald Boasson Hagen solos to victory on stage 19 of the Tour de France as Britain’s Chris Froome maintains his overall lead of 23 seconds.

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Jul 21

Team Sky rule the Tour de France again but will remain unloved | Richard Williams

Chris Froome’s impending triumph cannot mask the unpopularity of a team tainted by the increasing bullishness of Dave Brailsford in the face of legitimate questions

When Team Sky changed their jerseys from black to white for this year’s Tour de France, it was a fairly transparent attempt to rebrand themselves as good guys. A line of eight or nine riders in pitch-black uniforms stretching out at the front of the peloton day after day, squeezing the life out of the competition, was never a sympathetic look.

So now, as Chris Froome closes to within one 22.5km time trial around the sights of Marseille and one ceremonial parade into Paris of his fourth Tour win in five years, did it do the job? On an aesthetic level, perhaps it did. The Sky squad still rode on the front, all eight of them en bloc after an accident forced Geraint Thomas to withdraw, but the sight of that crushing might was less oppressive.

Related: How Stephen Roche ruled cycling in 1987 | Steven Pye

Related: Boasson Hagen breaks clear to win stage 19 as Froome tightens grip on Tour title

Related: Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

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Jul 21

Edvald Boasson Hagen takes first Tour stage win since 2011.

Team Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen takes his first Tour de France stage win since 2011.

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Jul 21

Boasson Hagen breaks clear to win stage 19 as Froome tightens grip on Tour title

• Norwegian rider holds off pursuants to claim solo win
• Chris Froome unruffled and retains yellow jersey

Edvald Boasson Hagen won stage 19 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome crossed safely in the pack to retain the yellow jersey with two stages to go.

Norwegian Boasson Hagen has been on the wrong side of two photo finishes so far in this Tour but made certain of victory in Salon-de-Provence as he attacked out of the breakaway with three kilometres to go and soloed to the line.

Related: Tour de France 2017: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19 – live!

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Jul 21

Tour de France 2017: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19 – as it happened

After a little over five hours and 220km of cycling Edvald Boasson Hagen went the right way around a roundabout, most of his rivals did not, and he seized his chance

5.03pm BST

And with that, I’m gone. I leave you with a report of Boasson Hagen’s stage win:

Related: Boasson Hagen breaks clear to win stage 19 as Froome tightens grip on Tour title

4.58pm BST

@Simon_Burnton is there any possibility that the right hand route was not official? it seems so obvious that there is an advantage.

It hasn’t been mentioned, and there were certainly no markings to indicate that. When the peloton arrived they also split left and right.

4.57pm BST

A disappointed Ben Swift, who was in the 20-man breakaway but found himself among the 11 riders left behind as nine broke clear at the front, talks:

I was feeling really good, but that was a demonstration of how to mess up a race really. I was playing it a little too safe. In the past I’ve done a bit too much work and been a bit nailed. I was just having a quick drink and next thing I knew there was a split group. We worked to try and bring the back, but you just get sucked along straight away and it’s hard to close any sort of gap. I felt really good. One little mistake and that was it, it’s gone. Today was definitely my best chance.

4.53pm BST

Chris Froome crosses the finish line, 12min 30sec behind Boasson Hagen but with his lead absolutely intact.

4.51pm BST

The peloton, with Team Sky still at the front, are still 2.5km away from the finish, after as straightforward and gentle as any day that includes 222.5km of cycling can be. It may not be enough for them to feel refreshed at tomorrow’s time trial, but certainly they could have been more knackered.

4.49pm BST

The roundabout in full:

Boasson Hagen and Arndt go into the roundabout behind and come out ahead

4.47pm BST

The seven who went the wrong way round the roundabout must be absolutely furious with somebody, mind. A rider should know which line to take in the crucial final moments, surely.

4.46pm BST

So after two second places in this year’s Tour, and two third-places to boot, Edvald Boasson Hagen has his first Tour de France stage win since 2011. And he won it in some style, by a margin of five seconds, with Keukeleire a further 12sec back. And it was absolutely decided in the time it took the leading nine to go round a roundabout with 2km to go: once the Norwegian took the best line and almost everyone else didn’t, it was done.

Overall, though, a day that was distance-heavy and drama-light.

4.41pm BST

That is absolutely emphatic! Nikias Arndt gets second, and Jens Keukeleire wins the sprint of the remaining to take third!

4.40pm BST

Nikias Arndt is the closest competitor to Boasson Hagen, but there’s nothing he can do about this. He’s 150m behind, and disappearing!

4.39pm BST

He’s kept going! 1km to go, and nobody’s going to catch him!

4.38pm BST

Boasson Hagen goes for it, with 2.5km to go! Seven of the nine go to the left side of the roundabout, two go right and find that it gives them a massive advantage! When they emerge, they are 20m in the lead, and he decides to keep going!

4.37pm BST

3km to go, and the nine are still bunched together.

4.36pm BST

It’s 82 v 92 at the front, for shirt-number fans, as Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Albasini test each other. And then Jens Keukeleire pushes. 4km to go.

4.34pm BST

This is torture: you know someone’s going to make a move, you know they’ll do it soon, but they keep not doing it. 5.5km to go.

4.27pm BST

So the front nine are 30sec ahead of the other breakaway 11, and 10min ahead of the peloton.

4.26pm BST

The front nine in full, with 12.5km to go:

Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale)
Daniele Bennati (Movistar)
Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal)
Nikias Arndt (Sunweb)
Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)
Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro)

4.23pm BST

15km to go: It’s actually nine and 11, with the front group including Bakelants, Gesbert, De Gendt and Boasson Hagen. Michael Albasini is at the very front as I type.

4.21pm BST

And the breakaway group has split neatly in two, with two groups of 10.

4.20pm BST

20km to go, and at the front they’ve pretty much started sprinting.

4.19pm BST

Eddie Merckx has been asked what he thinks about this year’s Tour (quotes taken from

I’ve followed all the stages, but I haven’t found them very interesting. It was not a great tour, there hasn’t been much drama. Many stages were quite boring. I often watched the start then went and did something else. I didn’t just spend hours watching television.

Something has to be done about these long and flat stages. Almost nothing happens: there’s an escape that is taken in the final kilometers. There were too many stages where you knew in advance that nothing would happen.

4.10pm BST

The leading group are on a very long, very straight, very flat and very wide road. They are about to reach Puget-sur-Durance, the Durance being of course a river that flows eventually into the Rhône, somewhere near Avignon. If you go swimming in it then you are en Durance, a quality very much embodied by these riders.

4.06pm BST

The leading 20 now have a lead of 9min 50sec. As has been clear for a while now, one of them will win this stage. 29m to go.

4.00pm BST

35km to go: The 20-man leading group remains a 20-man leading group as it reaches Lourmarin. The question now is: will Edvald Boasson Hagen win the stage, or will someone find a way to drop him? There is less than an hour remaining before we find out the answer.

3.49pm BST

44km to go, and things are hotting up at the front: Bauke Mollema tries to break away, while Gallopin has sunk back again and is now cycling all by himself, between the two groups.

3.46pm BST

Now three riders break free at the front: Robert Kiserlovski, Romain Sicard and Elie Gesbert. Tony Gallopin, meanwhile, leaves the breakaway group from the other end, dropping off the back, and then overtakes everyone again and tries to catch up with the trio.

3.41pm BST

This is the last categorised climb of this year’s tour. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Gap between #MaillotJaune Froome & runner-up after stage 18:
2013 – 5’11”
2015 – 3’10”
2016 – 3’53”
2017 – 23″#TDF2017 #TDFdata

3.39pm BST

The front 20 is being stretched, as Romain Sicard accelerates. Everyone else follows, but the peace and tranquillity of the last couple of hours just can’t continue, and looks like it won’t.

3.36pm BST

51km to go: The climb to the Col du Pointu has begun, with the leading 20 once again a 20. They are just under 6km from the summit.

3.31pm BST

Here’s something to look forward to:

today’s stage report will include one of my favourite words: concomitant. this is a first for me, so correct me if I use it wrongly…

3.30pm BST

Jens Keukeleire has dropped back into the breakaway group, after a little solo action.

3.30pm BST

More news. Tom Dumoulin put a statement up on his Facebook page this afternoon announcing that he would not be involved in the Vuelta as he concentrates on the World Championships:

I’m in love with the race. I pretty much had my breakthrough Grand Tour there in 2015 and I love the tranquility of the race, yet the passionate fans at the same time.

It was also on my mind and the team’s to go there to help Wilco fight for GC and to hunt for stages myself and prepare for the Worlds at the same time.

Tom Dumoulin decides to skip Vuelta a España to avoid physical and mental fatigue after Giro win |

3.22pm BST

Jens Keukeleire has sped off at the front of the breakaway group, all alone.

3.21pm BST

The third and final climb of the day is not far away. The next hamlet they pass on their way is the Hameau des Jean-Jean, so good they named it twice.

3.20pm BST

They have just passed Rustrel, famous for its Ochre. Google it for some impressive images of colourful dirt.

3.18pm BST

Show-off of the day:

Color us impressed #TDF2017

3.17pm BST

“Rumours of cross-winds from 35km to go,” writes Matt Carey. “Is this possible or me getting my hopes up?” Winds were forecast at the start of the day, while the skies above the finish look a little menacing:

Il va faire tout noir… #TDF2017

3.09pm BST

The gap is up to 8min 35sec, and the stage is proceeding very much as Sky would like it. There are 70km remaining.

@Simon_Burnton Simiane-la-Rotonte is a proper name for a town on a cycling course. It seems–like the town 22 km ahead–Apt.

I’ll stop now.

3.08pm BST

It appears that Team Sky’s Mikel Nieve won’t be Chris Froome’s team-mate for long: he has signed a two-year deal with Orica-Scott.

Correction! Mikel Nieve will ride for Orica Scott the next two seasons, his manager confirmed to Diario de Navarra. Top rider!

3.01pm BST

They are now cycling past another medieval hill town, Simiane-la-Rotonde. Rotonde is French for roundabout; it really was remarkably prescient for the medievals to name their town after an as-yet uninvented item of street furniture. Chapeau!

2.51pm BST

Thomas De Gendt wins the sprint, followed by Ellie Gesbert. Michael Matthews is now mathematically and with certitude the winner of this year’s green jersey.

2.50pm BST

Perhaps the most notable moment of the stage so far, as the sprint is about to be sprinted:

2.46pm BST

“I can’t hope but feel a tinge of sadness at the route and organisation that ASO have presided over this year,” writes Sam Charlton. “I know they said that they wanted fewer mountain stages to discourage Froome dominance, and many people have abandoned. But today’s stage feels like its the Champs-Élysées stage, when really, it should be another day going up Ventoux or Huez for a battle like we had last year up the mountain on the day before. They have really missed a trick, as that stuff is exciting, not a borderline neutralised jaunt we are seeing from the peloton today.” Certainly today has been disappointingly drama-light, but still, 87km to go, anything can happen. Right?

2.44pm BST

@Simon_Burnton tittering at French town names? The land of Brown Willy, Bell End, and Fanny Barks could have its own comedy town name tour

I’m not tittering at the names, but wondering about their meaning, or if one isn’t immediately apparent speculating about their potential meaning. Douglas Adams did a book called The Meaning of Liff, in which he gave British place names definitions. For example:

LUTON (n.) The horseshoe-shaped rug which goes around a lavatory seat.

HUMBER (vb.) To move like the cheeks of a very fat person as their car goes over a cattle grid.

2.39pm BST

The lead of the leading group fell briefly below 7min, but has now increased again to 7min 30sec, which is exactly as Team Sky – still leading the peloton – would like it.

2.38pm BST

The 20-man breakaway pass a large group of Belgians with an enormous Vive le Vélo flag, spending Belgium Day with a day out in France.

2.32pm BST

The riders enter the snackzone, the stretch of road where they can collect their lunchtime saddlebags. It’s 3.30pm, which to my mind makes it more like teatime. I trust their energy gel tastes of cucumber sandwiches and scones.

Meanwhile in Marseille, the stage is set for tomorrow’s time trial:

Une mutation spectaculaire pour @LeTour #WorkInProgress

2.29pm BST

2.28pm BST

Hello again! The leaders have, as I type, precisely 100km to go, so we’re in the closing straight.

2.19pm BST

The Team Sky group continue to head the peloton in untroubled fashion, which is now around 7.10 behind the leading group, with 105km to go as we head towards Banon. Well, not “we”, “they”. I’m in a building in London, as too once again is Simon Burnton, to whom I will hand you back now.

2.08pm BST

114km to go: The peloton is now under seven minutes behind the big breakaway group, which includes, among others, Jan Bakelants, Daniele Bennati, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bauke Mollema, Ben Swift and Rudy Molard.

Paul Smith emails: “By far my favourite ridiculous name for a French town has to be “Bourdons-sur-Rognon” or “Bumblebees-on-Kidney”…. beat that!” Might mail that one off to Heston Blumenthal as an out-there menu suggestion.

2.00pm BST

120km to go, and the gap between breakaway and peloton nudges down again to 7mins 10secs, without, as yet, any startling movements, as they reach the, well, alluringly-named Montagne de Lure.

1.51pm BST

“Hi again,” writes Tim Evans. “Google will send you to Wikipedia (in French) to discover that ‘Les Bons Enfants’ was the name given to a hospital/hamlet just outside the village of Peipin. Perhaps the patients were children, or even the hosts were named as ‘bons enfants’. Who know? That’s the beauty of France! Have fun spotting odd names : ) and bon appetit !” Perhaps the Tour of Britain could up its game by taking in Six Mile Bottom, in Cambridgeshire, at some point. In other news, the peloton’s closed a tad on the 20-strong leading group – it’s back to under 7mins 40secs.

1.46pm BST

Thanks Simon. Afternoon everyone. We’re still pretty much as you were on this long, meandering stage. The peleton’s strung out a little more now – with the Sky crew still at its front, their man Froome nestled among them – and is now more than 8mins 20secs behind the leading bunch.

1.41pm BST

I’m going to pop out for a bit of lunch. Tom Davies will make sure you don’t miss anything – email him here, if you fancy.

1.40pm BST

I can pretend that I haven’t just copy-and-pasted this list from the Tour’s own website, but you wouldn’t believe me. Anyway, the breakaway 20 in full:

Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale)
Daniele Bennati (Movistar)
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
Ben Swift (UAE)
Rudy Molard (FDJ)
Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)
Gianluca Brambilla (Quick Step)
Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha)
Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal)
Nikias Arndt (Sunweb)
Julien Simon (Cofidis)
Lilian Calmejane, Sylvain Chavanel and Romain Sicard (Direct Energie)
Elie Gesbert, Romain Hardy and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Oscaro)

1.37pm BST

Apparently Les Bons Enfants is a medieval hamlet with an impressive old bridge.

1.35pm BST

The leaders have just passed Les Bons Enfants. What is Les Bons Enfants? Is it a place? Is it a bar? Is it just a group of well-behaved children? Google has no answer.

1.30pm BST

We have just had a colourful jet flypast. Indeed, it’s still ongoing – they are currently painting a heart in the sky.


No surprise to see the Alpha Jets today: the Patrouille de France are based in a large airbase near the finish at Salon-de-Provence #TDF2017

1.25pm BST

In search of some lunchtime reading? I’ve got just the thing:

Related: How Stephen Roche ruled cycling in 1987 | Steven Pye

1.22pm BST

“Thomas de Gendt has been in just about every break,” notes Simon Gates, “but what’s the highest he’s finished in any of the stages in this Tour?” He’s been in the top 50 finishers four times: he came 22nd on stage 15, 30th on stage 12, 46th on stage 17 and 49th on stage nine.

1.19pm BST

There are no new stories to tell: the breakaway has stretched its lead, though only gently, to 7min 30sec; Sky are leading the peloton, their remaining riders all together at its head.

1.11pm BST

1.06pm BST

The leading group are now about 7min ahead of the rest. Apparently Team Sky could lose their lead in the team classification, if Jan Bakelants, the one AG2R representative in the breakaway group, finishes more than 15min 18sec ahead of the peloton.

1.02pm BST

Timo Roosen of LottoNL-Jumbo has abandoned. There has been no word yet as to why. He was quoted by Cycling Weekly yesterday in an article on the riders’ worst things about the tour:

In the high mountains, you have to suffer for so long. Some climbs feel like they just don’t end. Everybody is riding full gas and I’m too heavy for this, I’m not a climber! The pace is higher in the mountains. The first climb yesterday [on stage 16], when it exploded, you can feel the pace get quicker. The level is so high and you push watts that would normally be quite good in any other race, but here everyone can do those numbers. You end up in the gruppetto with some powerful numbers.

12.58pm BST

The leaders are now(ish) passing Nibles. This is not, as it might sound, somebody’s pet hamster, but an actual town. Well, hamlet (population 45 at last count, according to Wikipedia).

12.48pm BST

The breakaway’s lead is now a little over 5min 30sec, with just the 172km to go.

@Simon_Burnton Fun Fact: in the 1930s Crots Lourmarin won the Walloon unicycle championships six times in a row; still an unsurpassed feat.

12.43pm BST

Bauke Mollema is, in GC terms, the best-placed of the 20 riders in the breakaway group, and he’s a shade over 47 minutes away from taking the yellow jersey off Chris Froome. Team Sky are at the front of the peloton, keeping everything calm, being as they are entirely untroubled by the idea of any of the 20 winning the stage.

12.40pm BST

The Côte de Bréziers has now been climbed, and Romain Hardy was the first man over it. Thomas De Gendt followed him.

12.30pm BST

There are in fact 20 riders in the breakaway group. They include Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas de Gendt, Jan Bakelants, Tony Gallopin and Michael Albasini.

12.24pm BST

The front two have been caught by and have now joined a bunch of breakaway types, numbering perhaps 15 in all, and they are now going for it big time. A couple of Direct Energie riders are at the front of it currently.

12.20pm BST

Lilian Calmejane and Elie Gesbert are out on their own now. Not very far out, but still. They lead by 12 seconds or so.

12.18pm BST

“Will you be cycling on your trip,” wonders Andrew Benton, “or is it a pile the family in the renta-car sort of holiday?” Very much the latter. No cycling is likely, though when we went to the same place last year I did an enjoyable if fairly sweaty day’s walking to Lourmarin, which is kind of similar.

12.16pm BST

Got a moment? Need a bit of light reading? Kieran Pender has been embedded inside the Orica-Scott camp, and this is his story of a day on the Tour:

Related: Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

12.14pm BST

“Crots is a Louisiana dietary staple, often served at breakfast with grits & shrimp,” Si Cook tells me. Crots don’t sound immediately appetising, but then neither do grits.

12.12pm BST

Romain Sicard is first to crest the climb, followed by Pierre Rolland and Elie Gesbert.

12.11pm BST

André Greipel has also fallen off the back, though he has a Lotto Soudal team-mate with him to help him out.

12.09pm BST

Two Norwegians are struggling at, or indeed off, the back of the peloton: Vegard Stake Laengen and Alexander Kristoff. Chin up, just another 197km to go, guys!

12.03pm BST

They’re heading up the Col Lebraut, the first categorised climb of the day.

11.59am BST

On 21 July 1831 Leopold of Saxe-Coburg swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution in Coudenberg, thus becoming the first king of Belgium. For this reason, 21 July is now Belgium’s national day. Today, as part of the celebrations, there will be a firework display at 11pm at the Place des Palais in Brussels, the conclusion of a day of festivities designed, according to the Belgian government, to “contribute to promoting a positive image of Belgium”.

Which is a roundabout way of explaining why Eddy Merckx and, for some reason, the tennis player Justine Hénin, are both in France to watch today’s stage.

11.50am BST

The move has solidified into an eight-man break, with Cannondale Drapac the only team represented by two riders, namely Pierre Rolland and Dylan van Baarle.

11.47am BST

There was a little mini-break, of about 10 people, that didn’t last long. A slightly modified half-dozen, led at the moment by Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, now has a lead of about 80m.

11.38am BST

A very flat start, with Maurits Lammertink, Jack Bauer and Thomas de Gendt among those pushing at the front.

11.35am BST

Just next to Embrun is the commune of Crots, which is not a word that means something in English but which sounds very much like it should. I’m not sure what Crots would be, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want them.

11.34am BST

They are back in Embrun, the flag waves and the proper racing starts!

11.20am BST

So the cyclists are on the road, rolling out around Embrun for a quarter of an hour or so. Fact: there is a town in Ontario, Canada also called Embrun, named after this Embrun.

11.01am BST

Hello world!

One interesting thing about today’s stage is that within 24 hours of its conclusion I will be on its route, on holiday. OK, I admit, it’s not a very interesting thing, unless you actually are me, but it’s certainly a thing. I can tell you, with the specialist local knowledge of someone who has previously visited, that the town of Lourmarin through which the race passes today on its way from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence, is very picturesque. Today’s stage also goes through Apt, one of those French towns which is also an English word.

9.36am BST

Simon will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s William Fotheringham’s stage 19 guide:

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Jul 21

How Stephen Roche ruled cycling in 1987 | Steven Pye

Stephen Roche matched the great Eddy Merckx 30 years ago when he won the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Championships in the same season

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

What is the favourite year of your life? I imagine the answer comes quicker for athletes than for us mere mortals. Steffi Graf may well say 1988, the year she pulled off her Golden Slam; Dennis Taylor would surely pick 1985; Andrew Flintoff would have to go for 2005; and Kelly Holmes would choose 2004. If you asked Irish cyclist Stephen Roche, surely he would say 1987.

Roche changed my perception of the sport of cycling in 1987. When I was growing up in the 1980s, cycling mainly conjured up images of Kevin Keegan on Superstars. The nearest exposure I had to serious cycling was when I spent an interminable amount of time trying to win the Milk Race on my Spectrum 48K. Then along came Roche.

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Jul 21

Bicycle books: a tour of the best

The author of The Bicycle Book on the literature no self-respecting bike fan should be without

Though cycling is a wide and democratic church, as open as its devotees, most books about the subject are concentrated in a single area: racing. There aren’t thousands of books about mountain biking or commuting or one of the many forms of cycling that almost certainly represent most people’s everyday experience, but there are lots about dead French pros. Broadly speaking, they are grouped into four areas.

First, there are guides to some practical aspect of the sport: detailed explanations of the best way to mend a puncture at 10,000ft, route guides etc. Often coupled with the author’s quest for the perfect derailleur/groupset/gîte d’étape. Unreadable, unless of course you need to change a tyre at 10,000ft.

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Jul 21

Sports quiz of the week: Tour de France, the Open and Roger Federer

Who is ‘mad’? Who hit an historic hat-trick? And who wants $20,000?

• Football quiz: the Premier League’s French connection

Mark O’Meara had the honour of hitting the first shot at The Open this year. How did that work out for him?

He hit a hole in one

He hit a quadruple-bogey eight

He pulled a muscle during a practice swing and had to pull out

He lost his ball in the rough

Chris Froome is well placed to win his third straight Tour de France on Sunday. Who was the last cyclist to win three in a row? (Lance Armstrong doesn’t count.)

Miguel Indurain

Eddy Merckx

Greg LeMond

Alberto Contador

Complete this quote from USA footballer Jozy Altidore: “My girl is mad at me. She’s mad at me and she’s mad at Romero. She’s like …”

“Why are USA not world champions already?”

“Why don’t you score no more? You’re a poor man’s Clint Dempsey”

“Only I can bite you, only I can grab your nipples”

“Why were you so rubbish at Sunderland?”

Roger Federer has now played 102 singles matches at Wimbledon – the same number as which other tennis player?

Pete Sampras

Boris Becker

Jimmy Connors

Rafa Nadal

Who won their 23rd grand slam title at Wimbledon on Sunday?

Roger Federer

Martina Hingis

Venus Williams

Ekaterina Makarova

Jodie Taylor’s three goals against Scotland at Euro 2017 made her the third England player to score a hat-trick for England in a major tournament. Geoff Hurst was the first. Who was the second?

Michael Owen

Bobby Charlton

Gary Lineker

Theo Walcott

How did Milan’s new signing Lucas Biglia respond when asked if he had a message for the club’s fans?

“They are paying me so, so much”

“I’m not worth £15m”

“Forza Lazio”

“Go Inter”

Who demanded $20,000 from Dallas wide receiver Lucky Whitehead this week?

His ex-wife, who says she “has to the pay the household staff”

His former team-mates, who claim he lost it in a game of cards

A rapper who returned his kidnapped dog

His parents, who say they “earned it by bringing him up”

Kyle Walker became the most expensive English footballer in history when Manchester City paid Tottenham £50m for his services, taking that dubious honour from which player?

John Stones

Raheem Sterling

Andy Carroll

Rio Ferdinand

Which Women’s World Cup final will take place in Surrey on Sunday?





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Jul 21

Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

Kieran Pender joins the Orica-Scott cycling team as they battle their way through the gruelling stage 17 of the Tour de France

Since its establishment in 2011, Orica-Scott has become one of the leading teams in the World Tour peloton. The only Australian outfit competing at the highest level of road cycling, Orica-Scott has won stages at each Grand Tour and numerous prestigious one-day races.

In 2017, the team travelled at Tour de France start city Düsseldorf with a different goal in mind: Orica-Scott has come of age, and stage wins are no longer enough. The yellow jersey is the most prestigious prize in cycling, and it is firmly on team owner Gerry Ryan’s agenda.

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Jul 20

Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome ‘should’ claim fourth title – Rob Hayles

Chris Froome should win his fourth Tour de France title – but the race is “not over yet”, says ex-British road race champion Rob Hayles.

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Jul 20

Tour de France: Barguil conquers Col d’Izoard as Froome retains yellow – video highlights

Frenchman Warren Barguil won stage 18 of the Tour de France on the summit of the Col d’Izoard on Thursday. His compatriot Romain Bardet was third up the Alpine climb just ahead of Chris Froome who stayed in yellow. With just three stages remaining, the Team Sky rider is now firm favourite to pick up his fourth Tour title

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Jul 20

Tour de France: King of the mountains Warren Barguil wins in Alps

King of the mountains Warren Barguil wins in the Alps as Chris Froome retains the Tour de France yellow jersey after coming fourth in stage 18.

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Jul 20

Froome takes big step towards Tour victory

Britain’s Chris Froome takes a big step towards winning his third successive Tour de France as Warren Barguil wins stage 18.

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Jul 20

Chris Froome protects Tour de France lead after Warren Barguil wins stage 18

• Team Sky’s race leader holds off main rivals Bardet and Uran
• Froome’s deficit trimmed to 23sec with three stages remaining

If weight of national expectation and volume of media hype counted for anything, Romain Bardet would have dislodged Chris Froome here and won the Tour de France. Instead he finished exhausted, close behind the stage winner Warren Barguil, after pushing himself rather than Froome to the limit and snatching a second place which is provisional before the time trial on Saturday.

Froome is now within an ace of winning a fourth Tour de France. As Bardet attempted to find breath to explain how hard he had tried and what it promised for the future, Froome mounted the finish podium perched on the Col d’Izoard – a panorama of Alpine peaks all around in the crystal clear air – with the look of a man who knew the worst was behind him.

Related: Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course stage one with Lizzie Deignan second

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Jul 20

Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course stage one with Lizzie Deignan second

• Dutch rider surged clear in final kilometres of Col d’Izoard climb
• Deignan responded but could not maintain contact

Lizzie Deignan will start Saturday’s second stage of La Course by le Tour de France with a chance of victory after finishing second to Annemiek van Vleuten at the summit finish on top of the Izoard, but given the time trial format of the race in Marseille she may struggle to close her 43sec deficit on the Dutchwoman.

Having won the Dutch national time trial championship in 2015, and this year taken a time trial stage in the Giro Rosa, Van Vleuten has a stronger time trial pedigree than Deignan, who does not profess to any particular liking for the discipline, and over the 22km in Marseille she may find 43sec is enough, with the third rider Elisa Longo Borghini set to start 1min 29sec back.

Related: How it feels to tackle the Tour de France’s ‘final battle’ – the Col d’Izoard

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