Given that all Chris Froome’s stage wins in the Tour de France prior to this year had come either in uphill finishes or time trials, there were grounds for claiming that the double Tour de France winner was a cyclist with a relatively limited register based on sheer power on mountain tops and against the watch.
The British men’s 4x100m relay team took their first step to redemption in these European Championships on a night that produced two bronze medals for the home nations.
In the first week of the Tour de France, Adam Yates’s philosophy was simple – “stay invisible and stay out of trouble” – but once the race hit the mountains this weekend, his mind turned to his objective for the race: winning at least one stage, which is his priority in his second Tour de France before his attentions turn to an assault on the overall standings in future years.
Martyn Rooney had to display grit in spades just to reach these European Championships – so when he felt the hot breath of the chasing pack he was always going to dig even deeper and be stubbornness personified.
A spider in the road is not usually an issue at the Tour de France but, when it is the “kilometre-to-go spider” – as the red inflatable arch is nicknamed – that is a rather different matter.
Lumiere, unraced since finishing last of 16 when second-favourite for the 1,000 Guineas in early May, returned to form in striking style here on Thursday with a six-length success in the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.
Sometimes an athlete’s body language speaks far louder than words.
Tyson Fury has announced his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been rescheduled for 29 October in Manchester.
Mark Cavendish has his sights on Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 career stage wins in the Tour de France after landing his third stage win in six days here, lifting his victory tally to 29 stages, one clear of the five-times overall winner Bernard Hinault.
Kieren Fallon has announced his retirement from the saddle at the age of 51 as a consequence of struggles with his mental health. The six-times champion jockey, who has taken no rides over the past week, asked the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, to break the news on his behalf.
“Even though he’s a moron I supported Tyson Fury,” David Haye says as he remembers watching the controversial new world heavyweight champion beat Wladimir Klitschko in a shock result that continues to reverberate.
The mother of the cyclist Chris Boardman has been killed in a cycling accident, her son has announced.
A wild brawl forced an early end to a basketball game between Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets in Beijing.
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WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has confirmed we will no longer be seeing his 'curb stomp' finishing manoeuvre.
The Tottenham midfielder has continued his running joke with team-mate Dele Alli.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken his silence surrounding the use of powerful banned substances taken with permission for medical reasons before some of his biggest races, insisting that he never sought to gain an unfair advantage.