Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani yesterday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race.
Trainer John Gosden described the occasion at Ascot as "something a bit special" after Taghrooda became the first three-year-old filly to claim the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes in almost four decades.
Ramunas Navardauskas completed Garmin-Sharp's plan to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-kilometre ride from Maubourguet, yesterday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Vincenzo Nibali proved once again that he has no serious rivals in this year's Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage yesterday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion.
Rhona Howie, who, as Rhona Martin, became Britain's original ice maiden when she delivered the "stone of destiny" to win curling gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, has decided to leave curling for good, stepping down from her post as Head Coach of the Women's Performance Curling Programme.
Poland's Rafal Majka took a big step towards the Tour de France's polka dot jersey when he embarked upon a solo route to the stage victory yesterday while the Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the general classification.
The podium hopes of the Frenchman Romain Bardet and the American Tejay van Garderen suffered a major blow yesterday when they conceded considerable ground in the 16th stage after which Michael Rogers was left celebrating the first Tour stage win of his career.
AN exhausted son weeps as he is embraced by his mother and father, a Tag Heuer watch is exchanged in a hotel lobby in a token of a friendship that had overcome rivalry, a cyclist's legs blur, his body shivers in exhaustion as he attempts to ride from shame to redemption, a contender is placed at the mercy of fate and peers through dust-rimmed eyes to see a thumbs down.
ON the first rest day of the Tour, Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford wondered why Vincenzo Nibali was being let off the hook over cycling's doping problem after last year's champion, Chris Froome, was grilled incessantly.
NICO ROSBERG capped a memorable eight days for himself and his country by winning his home grand prix for Mercedes yesterday and stretching his overall lead in the Formula One championship to 14 points.