Alaphilippe takes Tour stage three and yellow jersey

Tuesday, 2019-07-09 07:03:49
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Deceuninck-Quick Step rider Julian Alaphilippe of France celebrates on the podium, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey - Tour de France - The 215-km Stage 3 from Binche to Epernay - July 8, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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France’s Julian Alaphilippe lived up to the hype as he snatched the Tour de France overall leader’s yellow jersey by winning the third stage on Monday.

The world number one jumped away from the pack in the Cote de Mutigny, a brutal 900-metre effort at an average gradient of 12.2%, to claim his third stage win in the race after a 215 kilometres ride from Binche, Belgium. Deceuninck-Quick Step rider Alaphilippe, one of the pre-stage favourites, hung on for dear life over the remaining 16 kilometres to take the overall lead from Dutchman Mike Teunissen, who dropped out when the Frenchman attacked.

* Unseeded Karolina Muchova outlasted third seed and fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova to reach the last eight of Wimbledon in the longest women’s match at the championships so far this year. Muchova won 4-6 7-5 13-11 in three hours 17 minutes, claiming victory with a netcord as former world number one Pliskova’s wait for a first Grand Slam title continued. In her first Grand Slam quarter-final world number 68 Muchova will face eighth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina after she eased past Croatia’s Petra Martic.

* The endangered British Grand Prix at Silverstone looks set to stay on the Formula One calendar with hopes rising that a new deal will be announced before this weekend's race. A question mark has hung over the race's future since Silverstone invoked a break clause in 2017 that meant this year's grand prix would be the last unless a new contract was agreed.

* Serena Williams has been fined US$10,000 by the All England Club for damaging a court during practice before the Wimbledon tournament started on Monday. Nick Kyrgios was imposed two fines, one for US$3,000 from the first round and another for US$5,000 from the second round, both for unsportsmanlike conduct.

* Paris Saint-Germain said they would take action after Brazil forward Neymar failed to attend the first day of pre-season training on Monday. The 27-year-old had been expected to show up at the club's training facilities on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after he attended Brazil's 3-1 victory over Peru in the Copa America final at Rio's Maracana stadium.

* Mexico defeated the United States 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final to claim the trophy for the first time since 2015. Mexico, who were playing their first tournament under new coach Tata Martino, have now defeated the United States on five of the last six occasions the two sides have met at North America's leading international tournament.

* Aston Villa have signed Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell last season, the newly-appointed Premier League club said on Monday. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported Villa paid an initial 20 million pounds for the 26-year-old defender, who spent the second half of last season at Villa Park.

* Guido Pella ensured there will be a South American presence in the men's Wimbledon quarter-finals after the Argentine survived a 3-6 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) 8-6 thriller in fading light against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic on Monday. Pella's win over the Canadian took him to his first major quarter-final, where he will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

* Britain's Jo Konta staggered away from a head-on collision with twice champion Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon on Monday for a three-set victory which put her in the quarter-finals, and instantly installed her among the favourites for the title. The 4-6 6-2 6-4 win over the Czech had been a brutal affair, and in the end only Konta had been able to produce sufficient subtlety with which to temper the low-trajectory rockets which had been a feature for both players throughout the match.

* Prize money for the women's British Open will increase 40per cent to a total purse of US$4.5 million, tournament organisers said on Monday. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews said the winner of this year's Aug. 1-4 tournament will pocket US$675,000.

* Ukraine's eighth seed Elina Svitolina reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time on Monday. The 24-year-old was quicker to the punch against Croatia's Petra Martic, winning 6-4 6-2 to continue her impressive progress in her seventh appearance in the main draw. She will face unseeded Czech Karolina Muchova on Tuesday with a first Grand Slam semi-final in her sights.

* Leicester City have signed midfielder Youri Tielemans from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after an impressive loan spell last season, the Premier League club said on Monday. Belgian Tielemans, 22, agreed a four-year deal and becomes the third player to join manager Brendan Rodgers' squad in the transfer window following the arrivals of James Justin and Ayoze Perez.

* Bayern Munich are waiting for the first major European transfer in order to spring into action and boost their squad ahead of the new season, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Monday. Bayern have signed France world champions Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez but fans want more new players so they can challenge Europe's top clubs in the Champions League which the German side last won in 2013.

* Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua have signed Stephan El Shaarawy from AS Roma, making the Italy international forward their most expensive acquisition to date as they bid to avoid relegation. The 26-year-old joined Shenhua for a transfer fee of EUR16 million, the Italian Serie A club said on Monday.

Reuters, Xinhua