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Chris Froome: Fifth Tour de France title in 2018 is ‘priority and focus’

Chris Froome: Britain’s Vuelta winner reacts after historic win Britain’s Chris Froome says winning a fifth Tour de France title will be his “priority and focus” for 2018 and he still has “lots to achieve” in cycling. Froome, 32, has become the first man to follow a Tour victory by winning the Vuelta a Espana in the same year. A fifth Tour win would see him equal Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain’s record. Six riders have won all three Grand Tours during their career, with Froome…

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Geraint Thomas: Cyclist wants Tour de France in Cardiff

Geraint Thomas of Team Sky leads the peloton through the village of Mordiford en route to Cardiff in the Tour of Britain Geraint Thomas says he hopes he can ride in a Tour de France stage in his hometown city of Cardiff. Thomas raced as a senior for the first time in Cardiff as the Tour of Britain finished in Wales on Sunday. The 31-year-old was seventh overall and the double Olympic track champion would one day like a stage of the Tour de France to be staged in Cardiff….

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Pierre de Bruyn leaves role as Leicestershire head coach

Leicestershire are bottom of Division Two after 11 matches this season Leicestershire head coach Pierre de Bruyn has left the Division Two club after one year in the role. The 40-year-old South African has overseen 11 County Championship matches without a win this term, losing six. Graeme Welch and John Sadler have been placed in interim charge of the side until the end of the 2017 season. “It has been quite a testing season for Pierre, his first real head coach role,” Foxes chief executive Wasim Kham told BBC Radio…

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T20 Blast: Elliott and de Grandhomme guide Birmingham Bears into T20 finals day

Grant Elliott and Colin de Grandhomme guide Birmingham Bears into T20 finals day with an unbeaten partnership of 64 as they reached 207-4 after Surrey had earlier posted 204-5 in their 20 overs. MATCH REPORT: Birmingham Bears chase 205 to beat Surrey in quarter-final Available to UK users only. Source link

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AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa’s ODI captain

AB de Villiers has played 222 ODIs since his debut in 2005 AB de Villiers has stepped down as South Africa’s one-day captain but is making himself available for international selection in all three formats. The 33-year-old, who was captain for six years, says it is “time for someone else to take the ODI side forward”. He missed South Africa’s Test series defeat in England because he “needed a bit of time away from the game”. But De Villiers says he now feels “refreshed and revived”. De Villiers, who has…

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Alberto Contador: Two-time Tour de France champion to retire from cycling

Alberto Contador finished ninth in the 2017 Tour de France Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is to retire from professional cycling after the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on 19 August. The Spaniard, 34, won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, but he was stripped of the 2010 title for doping. He is one of only six riders to have won all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro d’Italia. “I don’t think there is a better farewell than the home race…

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England v South Africa: Quinton de Kock’s ‘brilliant’ catch brings up his 100th Test dismissal

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock claims his 100th Test dismissal, catching Tom Westley off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada to reduce England to 92-3 on the first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford. Follow all of the action from Old Trafford here. Available to UK users only. Source link

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Chris Froome: Tour de France champion to race in Vuelta a Espana

Froome won his third successive Tour de France on Sunday Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in this year’s Vuelta a Espana in pursuit of a historic double. Briton Froome, 32, won his latest Tour title on Sunday in Paris. No rider has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the race moved from April, to August and September in 1995. “I’ve got the opportunity and I’m certainly going to go for it,” Team Sky’s Froome, who has finished second on…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome can go on to win more titles – Dave Brailsford

Froome reflects on ‘incredible’ fourth Tour win Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will be a “force” in the race for years to come, says Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford. Briton Froome, 32, sealed his fourth title and third in succession on Sunday’s final stage in Paris. The record for most Tour titles won is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. “Chris can go on – there’s no reason to think that he can’t,” said Brailsford. “Physically he’s got what it takes and…

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