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Giro d’Italia: Welsh Government in talks host stage of Grand Tour cycling race

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of the Sunweb Team won the 2017 Giro d’Italia Wales could host a Giro d’Italia stage after “positive discussions” between the Welsh Government and owners RCS. Representatives from RCS attended the Tour of Britain finale in Cardiff last weekend, as part of early negotiations. A Welsh Government spokesperson told BBC Sport Wales: “We are continuing the very positive discussions with RCS about hosting the Giro d’Italia. “This visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase Wales, to start building relationships.” The Welsh Government has long been keen…

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Tour of Britain: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to win on stage seven

Dylan Groenewegen (second from left) held off the group during a wet sprint in Cheltenham Dylan Groenewegen won stage seven of the Tour of Britain as his team-mate and fellow Dutchman Lars Boom maintained his overall lead. Groenewegen, riding for the Lotto NL-Jumbo team, held off Friday’s stage winner Caleb Ewan to take the sprint. The 24-year-old finished ahead of Australians Ewan and Brenton Jones in the 185km ride from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham. Britain’s Geraint Thomas is in ninth place overall, 20 seconds behind Boom. Boom retains the green…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome maintains lead before deciding stage

Thomas de Gendt won stage 19 in a sprint from a select group of nine riders Britain’s Chris Froome will take a 97-second lead over Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali into the decisive 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Saturday’s 117.5km route, which ends with a gruelling 13.2km climb up the Alto de l’Angliru, precedes Sunday’s processional stage to Madrid. Belgium’s Thomas de Gendt won stage 19 in Gijon on Friday by reeling in Ivan Garcia Cortina of Spain. Garcia faded to finish third, with Colombia’s Jarlinson Pantano in second. Team…

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Tour of Britain: Caleb Ewan claims third stage win, Lars Boom retains lead

Caleb Ewan also won stage one and three of this year’s race Australia’s Caleb Ewan won his third stage on this year’s Tour of Britain with victory on stage six, as Lars Boom retained the green jersey. Orica-Scott rider Ewan beat Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen with a powerful sprint at the end of the 187km route from Newmarket to Aldeburgh. Dutch Lotto NL-Jumbo rider Boom leads Victor Campenaerts by eight seconds in the general classification. Britain’s Geraint Thomas is in ninth place, 19 seconds behind Boom. Saturday’s stage seven…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome extends lead over Vincenzo Nibali after stage 18

Stage winner Sander Armee rides for the Lotto-Soudal team Chris Froome extended his lead over Vincenzo Nibali as Belgium’s Sander Armee claimed a solo victory on stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana. Team Sky rider Froome, 32, whose overall advantage was cut on Wednesday, attacked late on the 169km stage to pick up 21 seconds on Italy’s Nibali and lead him by one minute 37 seconds. Armee finished 31 seconds ahead of Alexey Lutsenko and Giovanni Visconti. There are two stages left before Sunday’s parade into Madrid. Froome broke…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome has lead cut as Stefan Denifl wins stage 17

Stefan Denifl rides for Aqua Blue Sport, who are competing in their first major tour Britain’s Chris Froome had his lead cut by 42 seconds as Austrian Stefan Denifl won stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana. Froome, who won Tuesday’s time trial, struggled on the gruelling final climb to Los Machucos, conceding time to second placed Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian, who finished fourth on the stage, now trails Froome by one minute and 16 seconds overall. Aqua Blue Sport rider Denifl won by 28 seconds ahead of Spain’s Alberto…

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Tour of Britain 2017: Fernando Gaviria wins stage four as Elia Viviani leads overall

Gaviria (second from right) held on in a thrilling finish Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria edged out Team Sky’s Elia Viviani in a tight finish to stage four of the Tour of Britain in Newark-on-Trent. Gaviria, riding for the Quick Step Floors team, was part of a peloton which caught a breakaway group with 3km of the 175km stage remaining. He held on with Viviani and Alexander Kristoff applying intense pressure. Viviani now overtakes overnight leader Caleb Ewan in the overall standings with four stages to go. Australia’s Ewan, who rides for…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome widens his lead with victory in stage 16’s time trial

Froome is aiming to become just the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year Britain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead at the Vuelta a Espana with victory in stage 16’s time trial. The 32-year-old Team Sky rider was untouchable as he completed the 40.2km course in 47 minutes. Vincenzo Nibali began the day one minute and one second behind Froome but was 57 seconds slower, despite a strong performance to finish third. Froome now leads the Italian by one minute and 58…

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Tour of Britain 2017: Caleb Ewan reclaims the overall lead with his second stage victory

Ewan, 23, takes the green jersey for the best overall rider he first earned after stage one Australia’s Caleb Ewan reclaimed the overall lead at the Tour of Britain as he sealed his second stage victory of the race so far. In a repeat of stage one’s outcome, Ewan beat Team Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen into second in a sprint. Alexander Kristoff was third on stage three’s 178km ride from Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe. Orica-Scott rider Ewan is now six seconds clear of Team Sky’s Elia Viviani,…

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Vuelta a Espana: Miguel Angel Lopez wins stage 15 as Chris Froome widens lead

Froome is aiming to become just the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year Chris Froome increased his overall lead on another tough day in the mountains at the Vuelta a Espana as Miguel Angel Lopez impressively won stage 15. Colombian Astana rider Lopez arrived alone at the 2,510m summit of the Alto Hoya de la Mora after overtaking Briton Adam Yates in the final kilometres. Froome countered Vincenzo Nibali’s move on the final climb and widened his advantage over him by six…

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