Bradley Wiggins has a one-second lead going into today's individual time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine in France after finishing in the bunch in yesterday's 167km haul from Givors to La Clayette, writes Colin Renton. Edvald Boasson Hagen, his Team Sky colleague, sprinted to victory, edging out Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and Borut Bozic (Astana).
The general classification is ripe for a shake up today, though, as Wiggins, the holder, bids to extend his lead over Cadel Evans (BMC) but Tony Martin, Omega Pharma Quickstep's world time trial champion, in fifth place, 5sec down on Wiggins, will be favourite to take the leader's yellow jersey.
Scotland's David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) was well down the field but shared the same time as the day's winner and goes into today's 53km ride 12th overall, 9sec off the lead.
David Florence, the Beijing Olympic silver medallist, hopes for a boost before London 2012 when he contests this weekend's Cardiff World Cup, writes Roddy Mackenzie. Florence, who will compete in both canoe slalom singles and doubles at this summer's Olympics, will get a measure of where he stands ahead of the Games. His fellow-Scot Campbell Walsh, who won silver in Athens in 2004 but missed out on Olympic selection this year, will take part in the kayak singles this weekend.
Scotland's Dan Keatings continues his return from injury by competing at this weekend's Belgian World Cup in Ghent, writes Roddy Mackenzie. Keatings, out for several weeks with an ankle injury, made his comeback at last weekend's Slovenian Grand Prix in Maribor but knows there is still work to do as he builds towards the Olympics. He is now clear of injury but needs some decent displays in the weeks ahead to set him up for London.
"I'm training in all six pieces now which shows I'm back to full health," he said, "Slovenia wasn't so great; I made the high bar final which was a first and I was pretty pleased with that but I fell on my dismount in the pommel which was a silly error. It was nothing to do with the ankle and I hope I'll make up for it this weekend in Belgium. I need to put in a good pommel result and a good parallel bars result."
Dave Stott, coach of Scotland's under-21 women, continues his side's build-up to the Celtic Cup and European Junior Nations Challenge II with four games in the Czech Republic this weekend, writes Craig Madden. The Scots will play the Czech national side twice, followed by games against club sides Prague and Zeny CR.
"We have top-level targets: winning the Celtic Cup and promotion from the European Junior Nations Challenge II," said Stott. Withdrawals by two nations mean that the pools in the Europeans are reduced to three teams, and the Scots will face the Czechs and hosts Russia in Aleksin in July. "Our games in Prague will be a good test," said Stott. "The Czechs are in our pool so it's an ideal opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses both technically and tactically."
Stott will have the benefit of the experience of Nicki Cochrane, Sarah Robertson, Kerry Hall, Nicola Skrastin and Ali Howie, all of whom gained their first senior caps for Scotland in the test series against South Africa only last week. At the other end of the scale, under-18 players Lucy Lanigan and Louise Campbell have been called up.
squad. Scotland Under-21 Women (v Czech Republic U21, Prague & Zeny, Sat & Sun) S Cowie (Granite City Wndrs), N Cochrane, K Hall, H Hall, L Campbell (Grove Menzieshill), A Wilson, L Lanigan (Giffnock), N Lowrey, F Bruce, A Howie, N Skrastin (Milne Craig Western), N Mollison (Haddington), S McInally (Glynhill Kelburne), S Robertson, K Hill, B Mann, K McIntosh (Edinburgh Uni), R Collins (Loughborough Students)
Dundee CCS Stars yesterday made the Durham-born forward Jack Watkins the latest home-bred player to join their roster, following Vince Connon, Tristan Harper and Sam McCluskey, writes Nigel Duncan. Watkins, 19, moves from Hull Stingrays for whom he played 54 times last season, scoring three goals and providing five assists. Jeff Hutchins, player/coach at Dundee and a Great Britain internationalist, said: "We want hard-working guys with talent and potential at this club."
Joe Screen, the Glasgow Tigers captain, guests for King's Lynn at Birmingham in the Elite League tonight, while Tigers' Australian rookie Mason Campton is facing a heavy repair bill after damaging his front forks in the club's defeat at Newcastle Diamonds on Monday. Tigers are next on duty on Sunday when Workington Comets visit on Premier League duty (4pm).
n Berwick Bandits are considering their options after Lee Compton, their captain, injured a hand in the Premier League match at Workington Comets on Monday which was abandoned. Bandits, third in the table, travel to Somerset Rebels who are fifth, in the Premier League tomorrow.
n Rory Schlein, the former Edinburgh Monarchs rider, will have a full practice session in Poland on Friday as he aims to make his comeback from a broken foot.