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National Road Championships: Mark Cavendish & Lizzie Deignan to race

Lizzie Deignan (middle) won the 2013 national road race ahead of Laura Kenny (left) and Dani King Former world champions Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Deignan will race in the National Road Championships in June, British Cycling has announced. Manxman Cavendish won the road race title in 2013, while Adam Blythe will be looking to defend his crown. Deignan will aim to win her fourth national road race title, with Olympic gold medallist Dani King challenging. The men’s and women’s time trials take place on the Isle of Man on 22…

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Tour de France 2019: Brussels will host Grand Depart to honour Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx won five Tour de France titles between 1969 and 1974 The 2019 Tour de France Grand Depart will take place in Brussels to mark the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx’s first title. Belgian rider Merckx, 71, won six stages on his way to the 1969 title and holds the record for the most Tour de France stages wins, with 34. Brussels has hosted the Grand Depart once before, in 1958, while 2019 will be the fifth Tour start in Belgium. “I’m very emotional, I hope I’ll…

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UFC’s Alexander Gustafsson dazzles at home, knocks out Glover Teixeira

It remains to be seen whether Alexander Gustafsson will ever reach the absolute peak of this division — but it does seem certain he’ll get another chance to do so. Gustafsson (18-4) turned in a sensational performance in his native Stockholm on Sunday, knocking out Glover Teixeira at 1:07 of the fifth round. The bout headlined UFC Fight Night inside Ericsson Globe. The final sequence was a work of art, as Gustafsson (18-4) snapped Teixeira’s head back with two uppercuts and then a powerful right hand. It capped off a…

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Indy 500: Fernando Alonso retires after brilliant debut race as Takuma Sato wins

Scott Dixon emerged unscathed after a huge crash Fernando Alonso’s bid to win the Indy 500 at his first attempt came to a disappointing end as engine failure robbed him of a strong finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The McLaren F1 driver skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to contest the iconic oval race and led for a total of 27 laps before his Andretti Autosport Honda retired on lap 179 of 200. Ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato came through to win the 101st staging of the race, edging out three-time victor…

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Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari’s number one

Hamilton finished seventh in Monaco after starting 13th on the grid Lewis Hamilton says he is convinced Ferrari have designated Sebastian Vettel as their number one driver. Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari’s pit-stop strategy helped him beat team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton said: “It’s very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points. “It is very hard for the leading car to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other car.” But Hamilton said…

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Monaco Grand Prix: Ferrari deny team orders in win for Sebastian Vettel

Four-time champion Vettel now has a big lead in the drivers’ championship over Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari denied they manipulated the Monaco Grand Prix to ensure the German beat team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen was left annoyed after he led the early laps from pole but Vettel passed him by using a later pit stop. A Ferrari spokesman said: “The drivers are free to race. There was no plan whatsoever to get Sebastian ahead.” Vettel said: “There was no plan of any team orders. I can understand Kimi is…

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Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin wins 100th edition of race in Milan

Dumoulin dedicated his victory to the hard work of his team-mates after winning in Milan Tom Dumoulin produced a sensational individual time trial to win the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan by 31 seconds. The Dutchman, 26, started Sunday in fourth, 53 seconds behind leader Nairo Quintana but beat the Colombian by more than a minute on the 29.3km last stage. Quintana, chasing the first leg of a Giro-Tour de France double, had to settle for second place overall. Dumoulin also leapfrogged defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot, who…

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Monaco GP: Sebastian Vettel stretches title lead with win

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won a slow-burning Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to 25 points. Vettel led home team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after passing the Finn by running longer to their only pit stops. There was suspicion that the strategy was a deliberate move by Ferrari to get their leading driver into the lead but the team denied that was the case. Hamilton finished seventh after a difficult race from 13th on the grid. A largely dull race was enlivened by a late safety car…

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F1 gossip: Ricciardo, Hamilton, Magnussen, Mercedes, Raikkonen

TV presenters Ant and Dec were among the celebrities at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday Sunday, 28 May Daniel Ricciardo criticised his Red Bull team after a timing mistake saw him qualify only fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix. (Yahoo) Haas driver Kevin Magnussen said Lewis Hamilton was one of the “worst” blockers during Monaco qualifying. (Motorsport) Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda says Hamilton’s lack of pace in qualifying was down to complications with the car’s set-up. (Sky Sports, via PlanetF1) Kimi Raikkonen took his first pole position since…

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