Criket: England Versus India Test Series Preview

Criket: England Versus India Test Series Preview

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Start”]England look to bounce back from a disappointing, close fought, Test Series defeat to Sri Lanka as they enter a five-match Test Series against India. With the five-match series usually saved for the Ashes exclusively nowadays, this is shaping up to be a long, hard-fought encounter.

England make no personnel changes in their squad, but have added all-rounder Ben Stokesto…

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F1: What We Learnt From The British Grand Prix

F1: What We Learnt From The British Grand Prix

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The 2014 Formula 1 season has continually thrown up great racing that entertains and enthrals fans from start to finish and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was no exception. After a long delay following a huge accident involving Kimi Raikkonen, the on track action left fans not knowing where to look at positions changed frequently throughout the field. A popular…

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2014 World Cup: Marco and Jake’s Semi-Final Roundtable!

2014 World Cup: Marco and Jake’s Semi-Final Roundtable!

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Start”]The  2014 World Cup quarterfinals were not without their twists, turns, thrills, chills and one devastating injury, but in the end, all the traditional favorites advanced. Now the stage is set for a brilliant finish starting tomorrow, but before that, The Sports Breakfast Jake Stanley and Marco Conradie team up to run down the best stories from the round of eight…

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All Or Nothing For Brazil And Germany

All Or Nothing For Brazil And Germany

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Brazil vs. Germany – Belo Horizonte – 21:00 BST

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With the first semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup set to get underway tonight, the stakes could not be higher. Both Brazil and Germany are under huge pressure to perform, and both of the 2002 World Cup finalists have struggled to find their best form during the course of this tournament. For Brazil,…

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Tour de France: Kittel Storms To Victory In London

Tour de France: Kittel Storms To Victory In London

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Macel Kittel took his second stage victory in three days in the Tour de France as the race entered the English capital city London. The German remains behind Peter Sagan in the points classification but his current form seems unstoppable. Christopher Froome once again just kept himself safe and unhurt as he remains in fifth place in the general…

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NASCAR: Almirola Stuns All With Win At Rain Plagued Daytona

NASCAR: Almirola Stuns All With Win At Rain Plagued Daytona

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Start”]Aric Almirola stunned the masses on Sunday by recording his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Coke Zero 400, which was shortened by rain, at Daytona International Speedway. The race, originally scheduled for Saturday night but postponed due to severe rainstorms, was limited to 112 of the 160 scheduled laps as the race saw multiple cautions signaled for…

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Your National League MLB All-Stars And Things You Didn’t Know About Them

Your National League MLB All-Stars And Things You Didn’t Know About Them

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Catcher – Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals

His stats tell that he is not as good a reserve All-Star and Milwaukee Brewers hitting machine, Jonathan Lucroy. That said, Molina is one of the most popular catchers in baseball and young players aspire to be able to play the position of catcher even half as well as he can. Hitting .292…

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Your American League MLB All-Stars And Things You Didn’t Know About Them

Your American League MLB All-Stars And Things You Didn’t Know About Them

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Catcher – Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles

Wieters suffered appalling luck this season, playing only 26 games before being sent for Tommy John Surgery. His aim is to be ready for Opening Day next season. Wieters has been replaced in the line-up by Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals. This is a little strange as it appears that Derek…

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Vincenzo Niabali  (Astana) will wear yellow heading into stage three from Cambridge to London. Stage two of the 2014 Tour de France proved to be as dramatic as stage one. Yorkshire once again embraced the biggest single sporting event in the world. Marcel Kittel wore yellow as the riders left the City of York making their way to the Steel City of Sheffield.

The big news of the day was that Mark Cavendish was forced to withdraw from the tour due to his accident at the end of stage one.

The riders had to deal with nine climbs on the 201 km route including the category four Côte de Blubberhouses with the intermediate sprint at Keighly which was won by Blel Kadri (AG2R). Holm Moss also stood in their way and would prove to be very pivotal as it broke up the peloton.

A seven-man breakaway formed including Blel Kadri (AG2R) and Cryil Lemoine (Cofidis). Lemoine would take the first KOTM points at Greatland.

As the break approached Holm Moss there was a gap of just 50 seconds. Peter Sagan had to stop for nature  and he was support by four of his team mates as he made his way back into the pack. Richie Porte had a fall and called the Team Sky support car, requesting a new bike.  As a result, he was over 1:30 behind the main group but dug deep go get back amongst it.

Vincenza Nibali and his Astana team-mates spearheaded the peloton at the start of the climb up Holm Moss. Kadri lead out the breakaway group. Thomas Voeckler decided to put the hammer down as Kittel faded away.

Holm Moss was a sea of spectators and the peloton started to thin out in numbers, tired legs were starting to take their toll on the riders.

A long fast descent towards Woodhead pass gave the riders a little rest-bite before having to deal with the climbs of Bradfield, Oughtibridge and then on in to Hillsbrough, Sheffield and then to Jenkin Road.

Jenkin Road

thesportsbreakfast.co.uk chose Jenkin Road as the location to witness the strength and determination of the riders tackle the steepest part of the 2014 tour. The crowd were entertained by Scott Barker (Hoyland, South Yorkshire) and Grant Buckie (Buckie, Scotland) as they played versus of the Great Escape, Rule Britania, the Imperial March and Ikley Moor Bart’at. Earlier in the day several novice riders tackled the climb and a variety of different bikes. One man wheelied up a good proportion of it on his mountain bike much to the cheer of the crowd. The atmosphere was electric as the huge crowd waited in anticipation for the elite riders to make their appearance.

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Scott Barker and Grant Buckie

One lady from Liverpool arrived at Jenkin Road at 4 am in order to make sure she had a good vantage point.

As the riders appeared into view, the knowledgeable fans were astounded to see that only a fraction of the starters were in the group.

Group by group they appeared around the bends of Jenkin Road.Chris Froome did what he had done on occasions in 2013, he put on a burst of pace at the top of the climb, a warning to the other GC contenders that he could make his move as and when he pleased. Alberto Contador couldn’t respond, the other GC contenders were caught unawares by the short sharp move.  Sagan and Nibali played cat and mouse as they wound their way down towards the 3km marker just outside Meadowhall.

The race was on but as the riders approached the flamme rouge it was going to be Nibali’s day. Froome finished two seconds behind Nibali.

Sagan (Cannondale) is the current green and white jersey wearer – Sagan will wear green for stage three. Lemoine (Cofidis) will wear the polka dot jersey.

Once again cycling was the real winner. The way in which the County of Yorkshire and wider region embraced this sporting spectacle was breathtaking. Over to you Cambridge…

Stage results 

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General Classification Standings

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Tour de France: Nibali Takes Demanding Second Stage Vincenzo Niabali  (Astana) will wear yellow heading into stage three from Cambridge to London. Stage two of the 2014 Tour de France proved to be as dramatic as stage one.

Wimbledon: Djokovic Downs Federer For Singles Title

Wimbledon: Djokovic Downs Federer For Singles Title

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Start”]In a sensational five set thriller on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer to capture his second ever Wimbledon Men’s Singles Title as the Serbian just got past the Swiss superstar in a nearly four-hour endurance test. Djokovic also secures the title of world number one with the victory at the All England Club, where he adds to his legacy after winning…

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