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Valverde wins Vuelta stage seven as Lopez reclaims lead

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde won stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana with a time of 4 hrs 34 mins 11 secs

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde won stage seven of Vuelta a Espana as Miguel Angel Lopez reclaimed the overall lead.

Road race world champion Valverde took victory ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic – second overall – on a stage which finished with a four-kilometre climb of Alto Mas de la Costa.

Lopez has a six second over Roglic in the overall race for the red jersey.

Earlier, Tejay van Garderen withdrew from the race after crashing on stage six.

The American EF Education First rider was one of several hurt on in a crash on Thursday. Team-mates Rigoberto Uran and Briton Hugh Carthy suffered broken collarbones in one crash and were among four to withdraw – Van Garderen felt well enough to start Friday’s stage but eventually succumbed.

Stage 7 result

1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar Team) 4 hrs 34 mins 11 secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma) “

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +6 secs

4. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) “

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/BORA-hansgrohe) +42 secs

6. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +48 secs

7. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +51 secs

8. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) “

9. George Bennett (NZL/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1 min 7 secs

10. Oscar Rodríguez (Spa/Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) +1 min 20 secs

Overall leaders

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) 28 hrs 19 mins 13 secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma) +6 secs

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar Team) +16 secs

4. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +27 secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/ BORA-hansgrohe) +1 min 58 secs

6. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +2 mins 36 secs

7. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott) +2 mins 52 secs

8. George Bennett (NZL/Team Jumbo-Visma) +3 mins 34 secs

9. Wilco Kelderman (NED/Team Sunweb) +3 mins 36 secs

10. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) “

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Britain’s Carthy one of four to crash out of Vuelta as Herrada wins stage six

Jesus Herrada won the 2019 Tour de Luxembourg

Jesus Herrada won the 2019 Tour de Luxembourg

Four riders, including Britain’s Hugh Carthy, were forced to abandon the Vuelta a Espana after a massive crash as Spain’s Jesus Herrada won stage six.

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche, who started the day fifth in the general classification, was involved and tried to ride on before abandoning.

The other two riders forced to pull out were Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran and Spain’s Víctor de la Parte.

On a dramatic day, Tejay van Garderen also crashed near the end of the stage.

Carthy, Uran and American Van Garderen, who was part of the breakaway, all ride for EF Education First.

An EF Education First statement during the race said Uran and Carthy were on their way to hospital where they would receive “further medical evaluation”.

Uran started the day sixth in the general classification and De la Parte 13th.

Herrada finished the mountain stage from Mora de Rubeilos to Ares del Maestrat seven seconds ahead of Belgium’s Dylan Teuns, who is the new race leader.

Stage 6 result

1. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Cofidis, Solutions Credits) 4 hrs 43 mins 55 secs

2. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) +7 secs

3. Dorian Godon (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +21 secs

4. Robert Gesink (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +21 secs

5. Bruno Armirail (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +37 secs

6. Pawel Poljanski (Pol/BORA-hansgrohe) +39 secs

7. Nelson Oliveira (Por/Movistar Team) +45 secs

8. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +47 secs

9. David de la Cruz (Spa/Team INEOS) +50 secs

10. Tsgabu Grmay (Eth/Mitchelton-Scott) +2 min 35 secs

Overall leaders

1. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) 23 hours 44 mins

2. David de la Cruz (Spa/Team INEOS +38 secs

3. Miguel Angel López (Col/Astana Pro Team) +1 min

4. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1 min 14 secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +1 min 23 secs

6. Robert Gesink (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1 min 23 secs

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar Team) +1 min 28 secs

8. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott) +1 min 17 secs

9. Rafal Majka (Pol/BORA-hansgrohe) +2 mins 18 secs

10. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +2min 47 secs

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Cavendish to ride Six Day London in October

Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh

Mark Cavendish (left) finished second with GB team-mate Peter Kennaugh at Six Day London in 2017

Britain’s Mark Cavendish will ride in October’s Six Day event at London’s Lee Valley for the third time.

The former world champion, 34, finished second when partnering Bradley Wiggins in 2016 and Peter Kennaugh in 2017.

Cavendish missed the Tour de France after being left out by Dimension Data but is team leader at this week’s Deutschland Tour.

The multi-discipline Six Day event will be broadcast on the BBC Sport website and via BBC iPlayer from 22-27 October.

Racing includes the madison, time trials, team eliminations, scratch races and points race, with competitions for elite men and women and emerging junior talent.

Other locations for the Six Day series include Berlin, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Hong Kong. It concludes in Brisbane in March 2020.

Manchester hosted a round of the challenge in March, with British Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald taking part.

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Jakobsen pips Bennett to win stage four at Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Jakobsen wins stage four at Vuelta a Espana

Jakobsen (left) denies Bennett by millimetres at El Puig

Ireland’s Sam Bennett was denied back-to-back stage wins at Vuelta a Espana as Fabio Jakobsen took stage four by the narrowest of margins.

Bennett was boxed in during the approach to the finish at El Puig but manoeuvred his way through superbly.

However, Netherlands national champion Jakobsen, 22, was awarded his first Grand Tour stage, his wheel crossing millimetres ahead of the Irishman.

Nicolas Roche retained his overall lead of two seconds over Nairo Quintana.

After the riders emerged unscathed from a brief thundery downpour around 50km out, Bennett lost places after taking the right-hand route at a late roundabout instead of the left side favoured by the majority of his rivals.

“This one hurts a lot,” he said. “I just couldn’t get the right position, I went the wrong way at the roundabout, but big congrats to Fabio Jakobsen on his first stage victory.”

Compatriot Roche finished safely in the peloton as the top 10 in the general classification were unchanged.

Defending champion Simon Yates, fellow Britons Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, plus Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, are some of the leading riders not competing in this year’s event.

Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk, who finished third at this year’s Tour de France, joined the casualties on Tuesday, abandoning the Vuelta four days into the race with a knee injury.

Kruijswijk, 32, was among several Jumbo-Visma riders involved in a crash in the team time trial on the opening stage.

On Wednesday there is a hilly fifth stage, a 170.7km route from L’Eliana to Alto de Javalambre.

The 21-stage Grand Tour event concludes in Madrid on 15 September.

Stage 4 result:

1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 4 hrs 04 mins 16 secs

2. Sam Bennett (Ire/Bora-Hansgrohe) same time

3. Max Walscheid (Ger/Team Sunweb) “

4. Fernando Gaviria (Col/UAE Team Emirates) “

5. Luka Mezgec (Slo/Mitchelton-Scott) ”

6. Marc Sarreau (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) “

7. Szymon Sajnok (Pol/CCC Team) “

8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Dimension Data) ”

9. Jon Aberasturi (Spa/Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) ”

10. Sebastian Molano (Col/UAE Team Emirates) ”

General Classification standings (after stage four):

1. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Sunweb) 13hrs 55 mins 30 secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +2 secs

3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +8 secs

4. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Mitchelton-Scott) +22 secs

5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Spa/Astana Pro) +33 secs

6. Primoz Roglic (Svn/UAE Team Emirates) +35 secs

7. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col/EF Education First) +37 secs

8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Sunweb) +38 secs

9. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) +46 secs

10. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) “

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Wiggins to train as social worker and ‘wants to help people’

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins retired from professional cycling in 2016

Sir Bradley Wiggins has enrolled to do a degree in social work, saying he “wants to help people”.

The 2012 Tour de France winner says he no longer wants to “live off the back of” his cycling career.

Wiggins, 39, told The Big Issue that his own difficult childhood has given him a “mental toughness”.

“Those horrific things I saw when I was growing up – nothing can shock me now, and I want to use that mental toughness working as a social worker,” he said.

Wiggins, who took Olympic gold in the time trial event in London just days after his Tour win, says he wants to be known for something other than his sporting success.

“When people say, ‘Oh, you’re that cyclist’, I’ll say, ‘No, that was a few years ago. I’m a social worker now’.”

After retiring from cycling, Wiggins tried his hand at rowing, but found more success as a TV pundit for Eurosport.

Although he says he wants to use his own experience of growing up in Kilburn, London, with an estranged father to support others.

“Now I can do the TV job, but I’ve also enrolled to do an open university degree in social work,” he said. “I want to help people.”

Wiggins was at the centre of controversy after Fancy Bears, the Russian hackers group, leaked details of the Briton’s therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) in 2016.

Documents showed the five-time Olympic champion had sought TUEs to use a banned anti-inflammatory drug shortly before the 2011 Tour de France, his 2012 Tour win and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

The UK Anti-Doping Agency (Ukad) then investigated a ‘mystery package’ received by former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman for Wiggins on 12 June 2011.

Both Wiggins and Team Sky deny any wrongdoing.

This week, the professional cycling team founded by Wiggins – Team Wiggins – announced it would be closing down at the end of the year.

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