Sunday 17 December 2017

Roche seizes Vuelta stage

Nicolas Roche. Picture: AP Photo/Lalo R Villar
Nicolas Roche. Picture: AP Photo/Lalo R Villar

CYCLING: Ireland's Nicolas Roche took a solo win on stage two of the Vuelta a Espana yesterday, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali grabbed the overall lead.

Spain's Dani Moreno was second, a couple of seconds behind Roche, with Italian Domenico Pozzovivo in third.

Saxo-Tinkoff rider Roche broke away from a group of around 25 riders containing most of the top favourites with a kilometre to go on the Vuelta's first summit finish, at Alto do Monte da Groba.

Overnight leader Janez Brajkovic lost contact in the final part of the climb, with 2013 Giro d'Italia winner Nibali taking over as new race leader.


FORMULA ONE: World champion Sebastian Vettel stamped his authority on the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday to chalk up his fifth win in 11 races and stretch his overall lead to 46 points.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, now his closest rival, finished second, a distant 16.8 seconds behind the Red Bull driver after starting ninth.

Vettel seized the lead from Mercedes' pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton on the Kemmel straight after Eau Rouge and never looked back while threatened rain held off. The German now has 197 points to Alonso's 151.

"It was a fantastic race for us from start to finish," he said after his 31st career win.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous race in Hungary and on pole for the fourth race in a row, took third for Mercedes ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg and moved up to third overall on 139.


CAMOGIE: Dublin claimed their first adult All-Ireland since 2006, their superior firepower being the difference as they overcame Offaly 1-13 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland junior 'A' final in Clane yesterday.

GAELIC FOOTBALL: Dublin's under-16 footballers won the Gerry Reilly Football Tournament final in Oldcastle, Meath last night when defeating Cavan, 0-14 to 1-5, in the final.


CRICKET: England were denied the chance to make Ashes history when the umpires took the sides off for bad light with the game minutes away from a thrilling climax last night.

The home side, looking to turn their 3-0 series win into a dream 4-0 success over the Australians, required 21 in 24 balls when Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena produced the light meters and signalled the end of proceedings.

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