Friday 19 July 2019

Wiggins to lead Sky in Britain bid

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins will defend his Tour of Britain title after being named as the leader of Team Sky's six-man squad for the race, which begins in Liverpool on Sunday.

"The Tour of Britain is a special race for me so to be returning as defending champion is a real honour," Wiggins said of the eight-stage event. "It's always been a tough race but the support we receive from the fans is incredible, and it's our home tour so I've always enjoyed racing it."

Wiggins will be the favourite to take the crown again, although he could face strong competition from Tinkoff-Saxo's Irishman Nicolas Roche - a rider who has been strongly linked with a move to Team Sky in time for next season.

Alonso hints he'll stay with Ferrari

Formula one: Fernando Alonso appears to have confirmed his intent to remain at Ferrari, despite McLaren's interest in luring him back to Woking.

With Honda powering McLaren again from next season as the Japanese manufacturing giant returns to Formula One after a seven-year absence, they had hoped to attract a stellar name.

But Alonso, who is contracted through to the end of 2016, said: "From summer last year there has been a lot of talk. But from my mouth came nothing about any interest to leave Ferrari. It's not my intention at the moment to move. I want to win for Ferrari here and finish the job we started some years ago. We will see what the future holds."

Teen Allen on top

Equestrian: Wexford's Bertram Allen raised Irish hopes when he claimed first place in the opening speed competition of the World Equestrian Games show jumping element at Caen in France.

Putting up a mature performance aboard the 10-year-old grey mare Molly Malone V, the 19 year-old Allen scooted over Frederick Cottier's 14-fence track, cutting corners with precision for a time of 77.01 seconds and pole position.

"It was a good solid round," said Allen.

"I didn't quite expect to be that fast and I'm surprised to be in lead. I didn't go all out to risk it and this will be a time to be beaten."

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