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Jul 3, 2015

Cavendish ready to bulk up with more stage wins

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish’s daughter thinks he looks skinny but the Manx Missile will be hoping to bulk up on Tour de France stage wins when the 102nd edition of the race begins on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Etixx-QuickStep rider is third on the all-time list for stage wins on the Tour with 25, three behind Bernard Hinault and nine shy of the great Eddy Merckx.

Jul 3, 2015

Africans ready to embellish Tour landscape

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – When five African cyclists stood on a podium in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch this week Douglas Ryder probably pinched himself.

Former Olympic cyclist Ryder is the man who a decade ago took on a small continental African team and dreamed of turning it into one capable of competing in the world’s greatest races.

Jul 1, 2015

Raonic cranks up power to beat veteran Haas

LONDON (Reuters) – Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse moved into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, boomed down one delivery at 145mph, just short of the 148mph missile American Taylor Dent produced five years ago.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Raonic cranks up power to beat veteran Haas

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse moved into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, boomed down one delivery at 145mph, just short of the 148mph missile American Taylor Dent produced five years ago.

Jul 1, 2015

Broady and beard cut down to size by Goffin

LONDON (Reuters) – British wildcard Liam Broady, whose bushy beard and family dramas have received as much attention as his first-round win, was cut down to size by Belgium’s David Goffin at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Broady, one of four home players through to the second round of the men’s singles for the first time since 2006, stayed with 16th seed Goffin in the opening set but could not maintain the pace in searing heat and went down 7-6(3) 6-1 6-1.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Broady and beard cut down to size by Goffin

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – British wildcard Liam Broady, whose bushy beard and family dramas have received as much attention as his first-round win, was cut down to size by Belgium’s David Goffin at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Broady, one of four home players through to the second round of the men’s singles for the first time since 2006, stayed with 16th seed Goffin in the opening set but could not maintain the pace in searing heat and went down 7-6(3) 6-1 6-1.

Jul 1, 2015

Dizzy Tomic questions Wimbledon heat rule

LONDON (Reuters) – Bernard Tomic questioned Wimbledon’s heat rule which allows women players some respite but not men as on-court temperatures edged over 41 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The Australian 27th seed beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(5) to reach the third round but needed treatment after toiling under the blazing sun.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Dizzy Tomic questions Wimbledon heat rule

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Bernard Tomic questioned Wimbledon’s heat rule which allows women players some respite but not men as on-court temperatures edged over 41 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The Australian 27th seed beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(5) to reach the third round but needed treatment after toiling under the blazing sun.

Jul 1, 2015

Cycling-Sky to split with British Cycling after 2016

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – British Cycling’s partnership with broadcaster Sky will end in 2016 after eight extraordinary years which led to a golden run of Olympic success, two Tour de France champions and put a cynical public back on two wheels.

The split, confirmed on Wednesday, will have no impact on pro cycling outfit Team Sky, which hopes to be celebrating another Tour win for Briton Chris Froome in Paris later this month.

Jul 1, 2015

Cycling-Sky to split with British Cycling after 2016

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – British Cycling’s partnership with broadcaster Sky will end in 2016 after eight extraordinary years which led to a golden run of Olympic success, two Tour de France champions and put a cynical public back on two wheels.

The split, confirmed on Wednesday, will have no impact on pro cycling outfit Team Sky, which hopes to be celebrating another Tour win for Briton Chris Froome in Paris later this month.