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British battle between Seagrave and Atherton continues in Andorra
Seagrave edges DHI rival once again while Frenchman Vergier wins a first race.

Britain’s Tahnée Seagrave and France’s Loris Vergier took the wins at round five of the Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup in Andorra.

Seagrave, who was victorious at the previous round in Val di Sole and earlier in the year in Fort William, edged out great rival Rachel Atherton while Vergier overcame compatriot Amaury Pierron for a memorable maiden victory.

The women were up first and Seagrave set about improving on a disappointing qualifying performance in which Atherton had devastated her time by a monstrous 14 seconds. The young British rider took the lead and Australian Tracey Hannah, who finished third, couldn’t match her pace.

Suddenly all eyes were on Atherton, who was making good inroads to Seagrave’s time before a bobble just before the worst of the ultra-steep section sent her off the track. She managed to rescue and remount but it was too late as Seagrave’s time clicked past and she had to settle for second.
Seagrave said: “My run wasn’t great but it was still pretty solid. I knew if I was going to win, it would be at the bottom and I needed to be really smart. I didn’t think it was going to happen as I have never done well in Andorra. I now hope to make it three wins in a row!”

In the men’s race, much of the talk surrounded the Frenchman, overall points leader Pierron. Vallnord, the home race of his Commencal team, represented the chance for him to make history. Victory would make him the first man in downhill history to win his first four UCI World Cup races in a row.

Finn Iles was the first rider to take a prolonged stay in the hot seat which even teammate and double World Champ Loïc Bruni couldn’t better. He would be rewarded with a fifth place when all was said and done.

But the winner was none other than France’s Loris Vergier who claimed his debut UCI World Cup win with a run which verged on the immaculate, leaving Pierron in second. Vergier has clocked no fewer than three second places in his career thus far and has been on the cusp of victory on so many other occasions only to be left on the floor. New Zealand’s Brook Macdonald came home a welcome third.

Vergier said: “I cry a lot but I just want to cry for ten years now! All your life you are chasing something, and then all your hard work finally pays off. I am so glad I made it, and so stoked to win. You have to have luck, and put everything together. I can die happy now!”

Vallnord women's downhill result:

1. Tahnée Seagrave GBR 4:49.840
2. Rachel Atherton GBR +4.829
4. Tracey Hannah AUS +8.692

Vallnord men's downhill result:

1. Loris Vergier FRA 4:04.055
2. Amaury Pierron FRA +1.333
3. Brook Macdonald NZL +1.604
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Mol & Sørum youngest ever Beach Volleyball Major Series winners
Duo write themselves into history and end Norway’s 20-year wait for a title.

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum scaled new heights in Switzerland at the highest beach volleyball tournament in the world.

The Scandinavians entered the history books as they hammered their way to Swatch Major Gstaad gold. Here is all you need to know.

- Mol, 22 and Sørum, 21, crushed Spain’s experienced Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira 21-18, 21-12 in the final.

- The venue of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps is the highest beach volleyball tournament in the world at 1,050 meters.

- Mol and Sørum became the youngest Beach Volleyball Major Series champions and ended a 20-year wait for a Norwegian team to win a FIVB World Tour title.
Mol, who was in terrifying form at the net with eight blocks, said: “This is just the beginning. Our goal at the start of the season was to win a medal and after we won silver in Brazil the next aim was to win gold. To have done that here, in the Alps, in Gstaad, and to win a cowbell is unbelievable.”

- Defender Sørum added. “This week has been unreal. It’s been a fairy tale. To come here, to this beautiful place, play volleyball and win and then listen to the national anthem with a gold medal around our necks, it’s a dream come true.”

- Herrera and Gavira were playing their 100th international tournament. Gavira said: “We’re disappointed with the way we played, we reserved our worst volleyball for the final.”

- In the bronze medal match, 2016 Olympic silver medalists Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo edged a thrilling 61-minute epic against Americans Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb. The Italians lost the first set but fought back to win 17-21, 21-16, 20-18. - The Swatch Major Gstaad will conclude on Sunday with the women’s semifinals and gold medal match.
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Emotional exit for local heroes.
Injury hits Swiss stars Anouk and Jo at Swatch Major Gstaad

A back injury sustained to Joana Heidrich halted her and teammate Anouk Vergé-Dépré’s hopes of a home medal after a heartbreaking defeat on Center Court.

The Swiss darlings had already lost the first set to Holland’s Marleen van Iersel and Joy Stubbe before play was halted mid-way through the second following Joana’s injury.

Although the home favorites continued valiantly it was not enough and the Dutch advanced to the last 16.

“It was tough, I was trying to do all I could to help Joana but it was really difficult against a team,” Anouk said. “I could see she was in pain and her movement was restricted.”

However, the 26-year-old was honest in her assessment after their dreams of a cowbell was dashed in such unfortunate circumstances.
“Even before the injury our level wasn’t near enough,” said the defender – who was seen blocking at times in the second set as Joana’s injury took its toll. “This is not the way we wanted to leave the tournament. That’s obvious. But now we must wait to see how Joana is and whether we can play in next week’s European Championships.”

It was not all sad news for the Swiss, however, as Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart ensured there will be a home team in the women’s last 16 as they did get the better of a team from Holland. Tanja and Nina beat Sanne Keiser and Madeline Meppelink to set-up a meeting with the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Slukova.

The victory means the duo will enjoy the best result at their home tournament after early exits in previous seasons.

“It wasn’t easy after yesterday’s game [against Bansley/Wilkerson] so it was important to forget about that,” said Tanja afterwards. “We knew we had to fight for a good feeling on the court and I think we did that so we’re really happy about the victory.”
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Márquez eyes ninth German GP win in pursuit of fifth MotoGP title
Find out how Spaniard created amazing unbeaten run at the Sachsenring track.

Marc Márquez has broken all sorts of records in his scintillating motorbike career to date, however the most amazing feat is arguably his unbeaten record at the German Grand Prix on the Sachsenring track.

The 25-year-old has won every single one of the eight races he has competed in there through 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP en route to title wins in all three. Here is how the Spaniard did it:

JULY 18, 2010 - 125CC
Márquez takes to the track for the first time on a 125cc Derbi bike, grabs pole position, records the fastest lap and wins by over 17 seconds from Tomoyoshi Koyama.

JULY 17, 2011 - MOTO2
The Spaniard jumps up a class to Moto2 with manufacturer Suter, takes pole position again then gets the better of German Stefan Bradl in a thrilling duel.

JULY 8, 2012 - MOTO2
Márquez roars to pole and keeps current Red Bull KTM Factory Racing trio Mika Kallio, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith at bay to win by two seconds.

JULY 14, 2013 - MOTOGP
Márquez graduates to the elite class and seals pole, however loses the lead early before moving past Italian Valentino Rossi and then Bradl on lap six to lead. He goes on to hold off Briton Cal Crutchlow for his second win of a dream debut season that consisted of six wins, a further 10 podiums and the honour of becoming the youngest ever MotoGP champion.

JULY 13, 2014 - MOTOGP
After winning the first eight races, Márquez stormed to pole position, mastered the light rain conditions and got the better of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win. He won the next race at Indianapolis for 10 in a row and the title again with three races to go - breaking Casey Stoner's season pole position record and Mick Doohan's season race win record in the process.
JULY 12, 2015 - MOTOGP
The Spaniard didn't have it all his own way leading into the ninth round in Germany with three retirements, however resumed normal service on his magical track by taking pole, clocking the fastest lap and beating Pedrosa again as he went on to finish third overall.

JULY 17, 2016 - MOTOGP
Márquez had picked up two wins and five further podiums in his quest to recapture the title heading into the Saxony region again with pole position another formality. When it came to race time, heavy rain fell and Márquez's marvellous run looked like ending but he put slick tyres on after 17 laps and roared past the leaders to win by nearly 10 seconds.

JULY 2, 2017 - MOTOGP
With a third MotoGP title safely in the bag again, Márquez returned to Germany intent on maintaining his unbeaten record and duly flew around the Sachsenring for pole again. German Jonas Folger tried his best to spoil the party, however Márquez cruised to a three-second win en route to a fourth MotoGP title at the tender age of 24.
Marc Márquez fact file

Age: 25
Nationality: Spanish
Place of birth: Cervera
2010 125cc World Champion
2012 Moto2 World Champion
MotoGP debut: 2013
MotoGP team: Repsol Honda
Third place in MotoGP debut at 2013 Qatar Grand Prix
First MotoGP title: 2013 with six wins and 334 points
Overall MotoGP titles: 4
MotoGP pole positions: 47
MotoGP victories: 39
MotoGP podiums: 69
Reached 100 Premier Class podiums at 2017 Japanese Grand Prix
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BREAKING: Dani Pedrosa calls time on illustrious MotoGP career
Look back at some of his best races after revealing this is his final MotoGP season.

Dani Pedrosa, known around the paddock as 'The Little Samurai' today announced he will hang up his MotoGP racing overalls at the end of the season, bringing an end to an illustrious MotoGP career.

Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa, 32, has lined up 206 times on the grid of a MotoGP race, finishing on the podium in 112 of those races, winning 31 of them.

He said at the Sachsenring: "It’s a hard decision because this is the sport I love but despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with the same intensity as before.

“I achieved way more than I expected and I’m very, very proud of what I’ve done in the sport. I’ve fulfilled my dream of becoming a racer.”

Following the announcement, we look back at 10 of the most memorable moments of the Sabadell natives career
Spanish Grand Prix, 2006
When Pedrosa was handed his MotoGP debut with Honda 12 years ago, critics suggested his stature (he is 5ft 2in and weighs 51kg) was too diminutive for the sport and, aged 20, he was too young for the rigours of motorcycling’s top flight. He duly silenced those critics with a podium finish in only his second race.

Chinese Grand Prix, 2006
In just his fourth race, Pedrosa parked his bike on pole but was pushed wide at the start and dropped well back. But showing remarkable maturity, he bided his time to wrest back the lead, which he never conceded, in the process became the second youngest MotoGP winner at the time behind Freddie Spencer.

United States Grand Prix, 2009
For over a year, Pedrosa had gone winless but, after Casey Stoner slid out on the warm-up lap, he took the reins at Laguna Seca and had to hold off late challenge from Valentino Rossi – just 0.3 seconds back at the chequered flag to ensure a ninth season in two wheels with at least one grand prix victory.

San Marino Grand Prix, 2010
The poignancy of the race stands out after the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa in the preceding Moto2 race. Understandably, Pedrosa’s celebrations following his win proved muted having been broken the news of Tomizawa’s death after his own race.
Portugal Grand Prix, 2010
The Spanish two-wheeler had clearly gone to Estoril in pain. A month earlier, he had undergone surgery for a damaged shoulder but, with just three laps remaining, he scythed past world champion Jorge Lorenzo to take the victory, what was his first of the season.

German Grand Prix, 2011
Riding through the pain barrier has been an ongoing theme in Pedrosa’s career and he arrived for the race having undergone two operations on a broken collarbone. Having missed three races, he showed no rust and dominated at the Sachsenring. It was a pulsating three-way battle with Lorenzo and Stoner, Pedrosa edging ahead with eight laps left.

Czech Grand Prix, 2012
In one of the best duels of Pedrosa’s career, he chopped and changed the lead with Lorenzo from the halfway point, the Honda rider making the telling move stick on virtually the last corner of the last lap of the race at Brno to close the gap in the title race on his countryman.

Malaysian Grand Prix Prix, 2012
The race proved something of a war of attrition, declared by organisers as a wet-weather race from the outset and one in which Pedrosa led from start to finish as his rivals suffered a variety of scares. It kept him nicely in the title battle. It capped a hat-trick of 2012 wins only for him to retire from the next race in Australia and concede the title.

Japanese Grand Prix, 2015
Once more the rain came down, this time at Motegi, Pedrosa had little hope of making an impact at the front having started in sixth place and struggling to get heat into his tyres. But he bided his time. In what was meant to be an inter-Yamaha battle, he passed Valentino Rossi with nine laps left and Lorenzo two later.

Spanish Grand Prix, 2017
When Pedrosa won only the fourth race of last season, it brought up a 53rd career win. But even more historic was the fact that ensured he had picked up at least one grand prix remarkably for a 16th consecutive season. It was his first home win for four years, capped with another in Valencia at the season finale.
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Pierron and Seagrave clinch classic wins on 'toughest' downhill track
Three in a row for Frenchman in Val di Sole as Briton closes gap on Atherton.

France's Amaury Pierron and Briton Tahnée Seagrave held their nerve on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup's toughest downhill track to triumph on Saturday at Val di Sole in Italy.

Pierron produced an extraordinary run to edge out Britain's Laurie Greenland for his third 2018 win in a row, while Seagrave pipped compatriot Rachel Atherton in the women's race. Here is all you need to know:

- Val di Sole is well-steeped in downhill mountain bike racing history with the ultimate combination of near-vertical gradient woods sections and all-out, high-speed stretches.

- The biggest curve ball the racers faced this week was not even the infamous track, but the weather with timed training and qualifying both wet washouts.

- Saturday's track was drier, however reigning women's champion Myriam Nicole was ruled out due to a bruised lower back the Frenchwoman incurred in practice.

- 2016 champion Atherton put down her marker thanks to a tremendous run with Australian Tracey Hannah failing to beat it, however Seagrave did in gripping fashion.
- She edged out Atherton by 0.123 seconds with Slovenian Monika Hrastnik coming down last to grab her first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup podium behind the Brits.

- Seagrave, who became the first to win two 2018 races, said: "With five seconds left I could hear I was close and I full on sprinted. I needed that DQ in Leogang to fuel my fire. I need something a little bit extra to make me work a lot harder. Monika sent it down. I was really worried, but I didn't want to let the points go though."

- Atherton added: "It is such a wild track. It was pretty dry with big holes. I emptied myself on the top of the track. Pretty gutted, but that is racing."

- In the men's race Frenchman Thomas Estaque held the lead for ages before Greenland produced a superb run to take the lead.

- American Luca Shaw could not displace him and neither could Briton Danny Hart on the track where he won the 2016 world championship, but Frenchman Pierron is riding on another level currently.

- Greenland, who won world silver behind Hart, sat nervously in the hot seat as the lights towards the bottom turned green and then victory for Pierron.
- Pierron, who can make history with four debut wins in a row next week at Vallnord in Andorra, revealed: "The track is super demanding physically and technically. This one I wanted and I am so happy. It is going to be sick in Andorra. I can do four in a row."

- Greenland added: "I almost went down in the first turn. It made me a little bit angry and I just started sending it down. It was my best World Cup result so far."

Val di Sole women's downhill result:

1. Tahnée Seagrave GBR 4:26.424
2. Rachel Atherton GBR +0.123
3. Monika Hrastnik SLO +1.605
4. Tracey Hannah AUS +3.294
5. Veronika Widmann ITA +9.400

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup women's downhill standings after four out of seven races:

1. Rachel Atherton GBR 776 points
2. Tahnée Seagrave GBR 676
3. Myriam Nicole FRA 610
4. Tracey Hannah AUS 560
5. Monika Hrastnik SLO 496

Val di Sole men's downhill result:

1. Amaury Pierron FRA 3:36.788
2. Laurie Greenland GBR +0.524
3. Danny Hart GBR +0.660
4. Luca Shaw USA +2.248
5. Thomas Estaque FRA +2.466

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup men's downhill standings after four out of seven races:

1. Amaury Pierron FRA 753 points
2. Laurie Greenland GBR 491
3. Troy Brosnan AUS 488
4. Aaron Gwin USA 481
5. Danny Hart GBR 451
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Verstappen: Keep your televisions on for Sunday's British Grand Prix
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso qualifying quotes.

Max Verstappen believes that Aston Martin Red Bull Racing can get on the podium with a bit of luck in Sunday's British Grand Prix after he finished fifth in Saturday's qualifying and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

The Dutchman is full of confidence after last weekend's amazing Austrian GP win, while the Scuderia Toro Rosso duo of Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will start 14th and from the pit lane respectively as Briton Lewis Hamilton looks to win from pole position.
QUOTES

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

MAX VERSTAPPEN - Position: 5th
“I was actually very happy in Qualifying and we made a good step with the car but if you lose one second or more on the straights it’s going to be difficult around here. This track is getting less and less favourable for us which is a shame. In the end we were eight tenths behind but can actually be quite happy with what we did and the car was performing really well. No regrets, but I just wish that we had a bit more horsepower. It’s going to be hard tomorrow and I think with no luck we will most likely finish fifth as that’s the pace we have in the car but with a bit of luck of course we can move forward. I hope it’s not going to be a boring race but at the moment I think we may be in a bit of a no-man’s land. For sure in the race we will lose less on the straights, but maybe still five or six tenths which is still way too much. This year showed that sometimes when you expect the race to be boring it is actually quite entertaining, so I hope everyone keeps their televisions on.”

DANIEL RICCIARDO - Position: 6th
“Today was challenging and a bit frustrating. On the best run in Q3 I didn’t have DRS working between turns four and six so we lost a bit of time there but we were missing a lot already. Silverstone has proven to be a real horsepower circuit these days, a lot of the corners are full throttle, turns one, two and nine are not really corners anymore, it’s all about horsepower. Knowing how much we lose on the straights and then losing DRS was pretty frustrating. We kind of knew yesterday that we were going to struggle to be better than the third row, so we’ve set the car up more for the race, so let’s hope that pays dividends tomorrow. I’m hoping it gets hotter and hotter so the tyres become a factor, if it’s a one stop race then it obviously limits our chances but if it’s on the cusp then it could be interesting. Let’s hope the fans need factor 75 tomorrow, if that even exists (laughs). We’re still a long way off Ferrari and Mercedes but in the race things can change so hopefully tomorrow provides something a bit different. In Austria we didn’t really seem that fast but in the race we turned it around which gives us some optimism.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

PIERRE GASLY - Position: 14th
"Not bad today, especially after a more difficult beginning to the weekend, as we had some issues which didn't allow us to run much. After Brendon's crash in FP3, we changed the whole front suspension and consequently also the setup, which meant we went into Qualifying a bit blind. The team was awesome as they finished the job so quickly for Qualifying, and in the end it was great! I felt really good with the car, so let me thank all the guys in the garage – great effort, fantastic job! Looking at the GPS, we're good in the corners but we're losing some time on the straights compared to our main competitors, so it's difficult to fight against these guys. However, the race is tomorrow and we'll try and take opportunities as they come."

BRENDON HARTLEY - Position: No time
"Today's crash is another testament to these modern Formula 1 cars and safety. The fact that I was able to walk away from such an incident with no consequences just shows how far safety has come in the sport. I'm fine, but the car definitely wasn't! I'm disappointed I missed out on Qualifying, as yesterday we gathered a lot of data preparing for today, and the first couple of corners the car was feeling pretty good. I was already three or four tenths of a second quicker than yesterday but then, a couple of corners later it was all over - I hit the brake pedal and all of a sudden the front suspension broke. However, I have full faith in everyone that they will get the car rebuilt and ready for the race, I'm remaining optimistic and we'll come out fighting tomorrow."
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Sharma solid as a rock for captivating photo shoot
American climber dazzles for the camera at Spain's Cadena Perpetua.

Chris Sharma is dangling from a rock face just a short drive from his Spanish home in one of a series of images from a captivating photo shoot.

The American rock climber, generally regarded as one of the world’s very best, was snapped as he tackled the Cadena Perpetua 8c in Sant Llorenc de Montgai, Spain, at the Disblia crag. Here is all you need to know:

- The 37-year-old Californian has often been described as the world’s best rock climber and was the first climber to redpoint a 9b (5.15) difficulty climb.

- The shoot came about when Sharma was approached at the last minute by photographer Dan Krauss in the area who was working with some other climbers, and the pair hiked up to the spot after a five-minute drive from Sharma's home.

- Krauss explained: “It was crazy seeing such an incredible crag so close to someone’s home, especially considering the difficulty of some of the climbs. He walked me through the moves of the climb and we discussed the coolest moves and body positions to shoot.”

- Sharma’s parents believed in Eastern philosophy and studied under a silent Buddhist monk. They took on the popular Hindu name Sharma when they got married, and their son studied at a holistic yoga centre.
- He got hooked on climbing after his mother took him to an indoor climbing gym when he was 12. Two years later he’d won the US nationals for bouldering against athletes twice his age.

- Of his climbing passion, he said: “Climbing is how I focus my energy. It’s what gives me my sense of purpose."
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Tour de France 2018: All you need to know about the 105th race for the yellow jersey.
The 105th Tour de France gets underway on Saturday, with Team Sky’s Chris Froome cleared to shoot for a record-equalling fourth Grand Tour win in a row.

This year's edition of the most prestigious race in cycling was bumped back in the calendar to avoid clashing too heavily with football's World Cup - but with a long list of favourites and compelling course the battle for yellow is as unpredictable as Russia 2018.

Here, we take a closer look at the route and the riders…
The Contenders

Chris Froome is in France and favourite to land yet another Tour de France crown, which would put him level with cycling greats Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain as the owner of five yellow jerseys.

That looked far from certain even one week ago, with his adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espana being investigated by anti-doping authorities and Tour de France organisers ASO seriously considering blocking him from racing.

However, after extensive evidence gathering from Team Sky, Froome was given the green light to race. He'll no doubt face a hostile reception from some roadside fans and the accumulated fatigue from his stunning Giro d'Italia win earlier this season makes his task all the harder. But there's no doubt: Froome, with his super strong team, is the man to beat.
Former Team Sky lieutenant Richie Porte (BMC) is likely to be among Froome's fiercest adversaries in the mountains. Fresh from winning last month's Tour de Suisse, the Australian, who suffered a horror crash in last year's race, is back with his sights set on yellow - as long as he can avoid an all-too-familiar bad day (or jour sans) in the saddle across the three weeks
Froome's long-term rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar) demonstrated just how hard it is to follow a strong showing at the Giro with a Tour de France tilt last season, finishing 12th in July after taking second in Italy. Re-focused on the Tour this term, he showed signs of returning to his best in Switzerland but the intrigue comes with whether his team's three-pronged attack, along with Alejandro Valverde and former Sky rider Mikel Landa, works as an advantage or complication.

Also dreaming of yellow will be 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), whose stage race form this season has been below par, French hope Romain Bardet (Ag2r), who needs to find a way of mitigating his losses in the time trials, 2017 Giro winner Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), who has played down his aspirations, and Brit Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the twin brother of Giro contender Simon, who landed a fourth place at the Tour two years ago.
Others to watch out for

Of course, the Tour isn't just about the fight for yellow. Sprint legend Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has his eyes on four more stage wins which would put him level with record holder Merckx on 34.

Form and injuries have hampered Cavendish in recent seasons and he will have to find a way to finish ahead of speedsters Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Arnaud Demare, (Groupama-FDJ), while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who was disqualified in 2017 for causing a high-speed crash which sent Cavendish into the barriers, is favourite to reclaim the green jersey.

Some other names to note are Brit Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) who has earned the right of 'protected rider' status and will have the chance to aim for a high overall finish, French mountain stage hunters Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac), breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and another Sky rider, young Colombian climbing sensation Egan Bernal.

The key stages

Stage three: After a couple of opening flat stages, the riders will tackle a 35km team time trial around Cholet in western France. It comes early in the race but it could be a crucial moment - a team trial in the recent Criterium du Dauphine over a similar course and distance saw significant time gaps between teams. Yellow jersey hopefuls could surrender minutes if their colleagues can't match their strongest rivals.

Stage nine: The first week of racing ends with a 154km ride from Arras to Roubaix in north east France. Those familiar with the one-day classic Paris-Roubaix will know exactly what's in store - cobbles. The uneven terrain tests bike handling, power and fortune. The lightweight yellow jersey contenders would normally avoid races like this - but there's no hiding in the Tour.

Stage 12: After a rest day, the Tour resumes in the Alps, and following two tough, tiring days of climbing, the 175km route from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to a summit finish on the famous Alpe d'Huez will see the top contenders go head to head. Expect a thrilling and tense finale.

Stage 17: The race organisers have come up with a novel idea. Stage 17 will see the riders cover just 65km - the catch is, most of it will be uphill. Three major climbs feature in this Pyrenean test from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan. It will be fast and furious - so much so, the riders will be starting in an F1-style grid formation, ranked on their current overall standing. With team support initially unavailable, will attacks go off immediately?

Stage 20: With just the next day's procession into Paris and virtually guaranteed sprint finish to come, this 31km individual time trial is the last chance to shake up the overall standings. Last year, Froome cemented his position as yellow jersey holder in the final time trial - he'll hope to be in the same position again three weeks into the 2018 edition.

The jerseys

The yellow jersey: Overall leader on the general classification

The green jersey: Leader of the points classification

The polka-dot jersey: King of the Mountains classification

The white jersey: Best young rider under 26

THE TEAMS

AG2R La Mondiale
Astana
Bahrain-Merida
BMC
Bora-Hansgrohe
Cofidis
Dimension Data
Direct Energie

EF Education First-Drapac
Fortuneo-Samsic
Groupama-FDJ
Katusha-Alpecin
LottoNl-Jumbo
Lotto-Soudal
Movistar
Mitchelton-Scott
Quick-Step Floors
Team Sky
Team Sunweb
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

THE RECENT WINNERS

2017 - Chris Froome
2016 - Chris Froome
2015 - Chris Froome
2014 - Vincenzo Nibali
2013 - Chris Froome
2012 - Bradley Wiggins
2011 - Cadel Evans
2010 - Andy Schleck
2009 - Alberto Contador
2008 - Carlos Sastre
2007 - Alberto Contador
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Marquez muscles his way through for Dutch GP win and big title lead
Spaniard fights through tough leading pack for fourth victory of 2018 season.

Marc Marquez managed his tyres brilliantly to produce a late burst through a tricky leading pack and grab victory at the Dutch GP in Assen. Here is all you need to know:

- The Spaniard started on pole position, however he did not have the race all his own way as Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fought hard.

- The lead changed hands several times with Marquez forced to come back through the field to pick off riders before he claimed the lead for good with a few laps left.

- It was a brilliant race strategy as he went on to record the fastest lap on carefully managed tyres that saw him claim his fourth victory of 2018 by over two seconds.

- The 25-year-old said: "I knew it would be difficult to open a gap because the wind was so strong on the back straight. I decided to wait, but the transition to the lead was a big fight. I think I had contact with everybody! In the end, I tried to push and manage my tyres. I gave everything for the small winning gap and the 25 points."
- Alex Rins blasted his way through late on to take an excellent second for Suzuki Ecstar with Vinales making it an all-Spanish podium on his Movistar Yamaha.

- Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa ended in 15th with the Red Bull KTM Factory duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith 12th and 17th respectively.

- Four-time champion Marquez now holds a 41-point title lead over MotoGP legend Rossi with Pedrosa 12th.
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