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Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana leads but Tom Dumoulin favourite to win

Pinot led home a select group including Nibali (left) and Quintana (in pink) Tom Dumoulin is favourite to win the 100th Giro d’Italia when it concludes with Sunday’s individual time trial. The Dutchman dropped from second to fourth overall on an enthralling 20th stage, won by France’s Thibaut Pinot. However, Dumoulin, who trails race leader Nairo Quintana by 53 seconds, is expected to overhaul that advantage on the final 29.3km time trial to Milan. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali is second, 39 seconds adrift of Quintana, with Pinot four seconds further…

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Nico Rosberg: Formula 1 world champion on Valtteri Bottas & retirement

I do not miss F1 – Rosberg World champion Nico Rosberg says he is not missing Formula 1, as he makes his first appearance at a grand prix since his retirement last year. The German quit in 2016, five days after winning the title for Mercedes, and said he now follows F1 “as a fan” and has no desire to get back in a car. “I am completely fulfilled,” he said in an exclusive BBC Sport interview. “It is a page that has turned for me. It was the perfect…

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Fernando Alonso mania arrives at Indy 500 in America

“On every TV and radio show it is all about Fernando” It’s 1am in Indianapolis. The lights on a small jet periodically light up the dark sky as it approaches the runway before landing and then pulling into a private hangar. Outside the airport an enthusiastic crowd has gathered. The moment a diminutive figure steps through the exit doors they go wild. If Fernando Alonso expected an inconspicuous arrival, he was mistaken. Alonso mania in America has well and truly arrived. “Fernando Alonso at Indy 500 is huge here,” says…

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Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana takes lead from Tom Dumoulin at 19th stage

Quintana replaces Tom Dumoulin, who held the lead for eight stages Colombian Nairo Quintana has taken the overall lead at the Giro d’Italia with two stages of the race remaining. Team Sky’s Mikel Landa broke clear on the race to the summit finish to win stage 19 but the drama was behind him. Tom Dumoulin, who had led since winning stage 10, cracked on the final climb, and his 31-second advantage evaporated. The Dutchman is 38 seconds adrift of Quintana and five ahead of third-placed Vincenzo Nibali but Sunday’s final…

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Joe Lauzon discusses UFC retreat, Reebok partnership and a potential union

The UFC hosted an athlete retreat in Las Vegas last weekend, which more than half of its active roster chose to attend. It was a unique event, at a unique time in the sport’s history. Last year, longtime UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta sold the promotion for more than $4 billion to the entertainment agency WME-IMG. New ownership has been relatively silent since the purchase. In addition to a tour of the UFC’s new headquarters, the retreat included seminars led by representatives of some of the UFC’s business partners….

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Giro d’Italia leader Tom Dumoulin ‘a little too cocky’, says Vicenzo Nibali

Dumoulin has led since the 10th stage Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali accused Giro d’Italia leader Tom Dumoulin of being “a little bit too cocky”, with three stages remaining. Dumoulin was ninth on stage 18 and retained a 31-second lead over Nairo Quintana, with Nibali third overall. Dutchman Dumoulin said his two closest rivals were “clearly working together” and hoped they would lose places. Nibali countered: “Has he ever heard of karma? He should do less talking because even he might miss the podium.” American Tejay van Garderen won Thursday’s 18th…

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Monaco Grand Prix: Are you on the Button? Take our quiz to find out…

Jenson Button is back! Fernando Alonso is off having a crack at the Indy 500 so his former team-mate will take the wheel of the McLaren at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Briton has competed in all but two of the grands prix in the principality since 2000 (when Max Verstappen was just three!) but how well do you remember these Monaco moments for Button? Take our quiz to find out. Source link

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Martyn Irvine will be out for about six weeks after fracturing hip in Belgium crash

Martyn Irvine became the first Irish rider to win a world track cycling title in 117 years in 2013 Martyn Irvine will be out of action for about five or six weeks after suffering a hip fracture in a crash in Belgium on Wednesday. The Northern Irishman, 31, was competing in the Baloise Belgium Tour event for his Irish professional team Aqua Blue Sport. Former world track champion Irvine came out of retirement last October to sign for the team. A team tweet said Irvine had sustained a “minor hairline…

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