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Gaviria fastest again on day four as Van Avermaet stays in yellow

Wednesday, 2018-07-11 07:42:48
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Quick-Step Floors rider Fernando Gaviria of Colombia celebrates his stage win - Tour de France - The 195-km Stage 4 from La Baule to Sarzeau - July 10, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Tour de France debutant Fernando Gaviria claimed his second stage win on Tuesday when he outsprinted his rivals in the fourth stage, a 195-km stretch from La Baule to Sarzeau.

The Quick-Step Floors rider launched his sprint far from the line, and made sure of the win with a second burst of speed to beat world champion Peter Sagan and German Andre Greipel into second and third place respectively.

* Manchester City have signed Leicester City's Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez on a five-year contract, the English champions announced on Tuesday. City did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reported the deal had cost a club record 60 million pounds (US$79.6 million), more than the 57 million they paid Atletico Madrid for French defender Aymeric Laporte in January.

* Twelve Thai boys and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave will not attend the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday for medical reasons, world soccer's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. FIFA invited the team to attend after a massive rescue operation freed the last four of boys and their soccer coach from the cave on Tuesday, ending a perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

* Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has announced he is joining Japanese top flight side Sagan Tosu as a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid last month. Torres will join the club on an 18-month contract with an option to extend the deal until 2020.

* The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, says he is not worried about the future value of the league's product after Cristiano Ronaldo: one of its most famous players: left Real Madrid to join Serie A champions Juventus. La Liga is the second most valuable football league in Europe behind the Premier League and ahead of the Bundesliga.

* Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had long been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday. Croatia's best previous World Cup run dates back 20 years to 1998, when they lost in the last four to eventual winners France. In 2002, 2006 and 2014 they were eliminated in the group stages, and they failed to qualify for the 2010 tournament.

* A Florida-based unit of the Spanish sports media group Imagina on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of bribing Latin American soccer officials and was ordered to pay more than US$24 million, the latest penalty imposed in the sprawling US investigation of corruption at world soccer's governing body FIFA.