Laura Trott became the first woman in British history to win four Olympic gold medals and it took her only four events across two Games to do so. The 24-year-old was triumphant in the omnium, adding to the Rio gold she had already won in the women’s team pursuit in defending the titles.
Sir Chris Hoy has tipped Jason Kenny to add to his tally of gold medals after the 28-year-old from Bolton equalled his British record of six by winning the keirin.
It was third time lucky, then, for the endlessly compelling contradiction that is Mark Cavendish. Following two epic days of competition in only his third ever international class omnium, the Isle of Man cyclist finally had the Olympic medal he craved around his neck after bitter disappointment in Beijing and London.
After a few days of reports chronicling his conspicuous non-appearances at the velodrome, there were sarcastic sighs of relief when Cavendish finally turned up.
Few teams personify that hoary old saw about the fleeting nature of form compared to the permanence of class than the British men’s track cycling sprint team.
Annemiek van Vleuten has been taken to intensive care with three cracks in her spine after her horrific crash in the women’s road race at Rio 2016.
Chris Froome is unconcerned about recovering from the brutal road race on Saturday for his tilt at gold in the time trial, while Geraint Thomas waits to hear whether he will be able to take part on Wednesday as a late addition.
Laura Trott is not easily fazed by the occupational hazards presented by a working life spent cycling around in circles.
You cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme. In his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional, and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end.
The image of Chris Froome on foot running up Mont Ventoux will define this race but tactically the sight that sums it up is of a knot of cyclists in black clustered around the yellow jersey.
Wales could not beat Slovakia and had to settle for a draw.
Sunderland need to replace Jack Ross and the Black Cats have failed in an attempt to lure Robins away from League One rivals Coventry City.
Chelsea are said to be winning the race to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was part of a Scotland side who lost 4-0 last night.
Spurs will need a new goalkeeper sooner rather than later but is Ugurcan Cakir good enough for Mauricio Pochettino's Premier League strugglers?
Daniel Stendel, Gareth Ainsworth and Paul Cook are reportedly among the managerial candidates at Sunderland.
The Owls man played a part in his nation's winner last night but the Hillsborough stalwart's overall display was panned by fans.
Stuart Dallas was brilliant again in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Holland but how has Marcelo Bielsa turned him into one of the Championship's best?
The Spurs academy man was shown a second yellow card while his opponent was shown a straight red as Rep Ireland and Italy U21s drew 0-0.
The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could soon have a new director of football to work with at Ibrox.