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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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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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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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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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Tour of Britain: Lars Boom moves into overall lead with time-trial victory

With three stages remaining, Boom has an eight-second lead over Victor Campenaerts Lars Boom took the overall lead at the Tour of Britain with victory in stage five’s individual time trial. The Dutch Lotto NL-Jumbo rider completed Thursday’s 16km route around Clacton-on-Sea in 19 minutes two seconds, six seconds faster than his Belgian team-mate Victor Campenaerts. Boom leads Campenaerts by eight seconds in the overall standings, with Team Sky’s Vasil Kiryienka third. Britain’s Geraint Thomas was eighth on the stage to move ninth overall. With three stages remaining, Team Sky’s…

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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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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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Tour of Britain 2017: Elia Viviani wins after Edvald Boasson Hagen is punished

Elia Viviani has now won five stages at the Tour of Britain during his career Team Sky’s Elia Viviani won stage two of the Tour of Britain after Edvald Boasson Hagen was stripped of victory in a controversial finish in Fylde. The Norwegian veered to his left in a sprint finish, blocking Viviani’s line. He was in the race leader’s green jersey before being punished and, though he receives the same time as Viviani, he drops to third, with the Italian taking a four-second lead. “I know that I closed…

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Tour of Britain 2017: Caleb Ewan sprints to victory on opening stage

Caleb Ewan won the final stage of last year’s Tour of Britain in London Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the 2017 Tour of Britain, taking the overall leader’s green jersey in the process. The 23-year-old Australian Orica-Scott rider just edged out Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen on the line, with Team Sky’s Elia Viviani in third. Mark Cavendish was competing for the first time since breaking his shoulder blade at the Tour de France in July. He lost seven and a half minutes on the…

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