Teams will once again position their sprinters for a win before the race heads into the mountains.
The day begins in Foix and winds its way southwest, covering two categorized climbs before the Intermediate Sprint in Gaillac. The second half of the stage is flat to rolling, but the breakaway should get caught in time for teams like Deceuninck–Quick Step, Lotto–Soudal, and Jumbo–Visma to set up their sprinters (Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan, and Dylan Groenewegen) to battle for the win.
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Route: TOULOUSE > BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE
Stage 12 will be the first high altitude stage of this year’s Tour de France. Following the start in Toulouse the riders head into the Pyrenees for a race with a downhill finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
Following the start in Toulouse the route travels on flat to rolling roads for more than 120 kilometres before the first mountain appears. The Col de Peyresourde (13.2 kilometres at 7%) is crested at kilometre 138 and the riders plunge down to the valley. Up next is La Hourquette d’Ancizan, which is a 9.9 kilometres climb at 7.5%. The first three riders at its crest earn bonus seconds (8, 5 and 2) before the race ends with the same 30 kilometres downhill as five years ago.
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Route: PAU > PAU
The last two arrivals here both boiled down to a bunch sprint with Arnaud Démare (2018) and Marcel Kittel (2017) storming to victory. However, this time round there will be no bunch sprint.
This year, Tour de France serves its only ITT on a course of 27.2 km that’s characterised by a number of gently rolling uphills.
The 1.1 km ramp slopes at almost 8%. The Esquillot may be the biggest hurdle, the finale holds a steep surprise up its sleeves. In the last few hundred metres the riders hit a 17% ramp. Short but hard, especially since the kick up begins right after a tight turn onto the Rue Mulot and the speed will be relatively low.
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Route: TARBES > TOURMALET BARÈGES
Stage 14 will be the first high altitude finish as riders set off in Tarbes for a day in the Pyrenees, and finishes with a haul up the famous Col du Tourmalet. This climb amounts to 19 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.4%, while its last kilometre slopes at 10.5%. This section also features the steepest ramp of 13.5%.
The Soulor is crested just after the halfway point. The route descends to Argelès-Gazost and then runs false flat to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, where the final haul up the Tourmalet kicks in.
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Route: LIMOUX > FOIX PRAT D’ALBIS
Stage 15 is the second race in the Pyrenees, and it begins in Limoux and features a number of intermediate climbs before a summit finish at the unprecedented Prat d’Albis. In all, the race includes a total of 4,700 vertical metres.
The first ascent is the Montségur pass. Another 40km pass before the climbing begins in earnest with the first of three consecutive first-category tests.
These commence with the Port de Lers, at 1,517 metres the high point on this stage.
After the fast descent into Massat, the riders will start to climb again on the first half of the Col de Port, which they follow for six incessantly weaving kilometres until they fork left and rudely upwards onto the Mur de Péguère. This tiny road through dense woodland averages 12% over 3km, the first kilometre two notches above that mark. The summit is a point-bonus, offering a further incentive for the mountain goats.
Sarri was crucial for Napoli’s success during the three seasons in charge of the Partenopei. In fact, Napoli finished in a top-three position in all of the three seasons with the Italian manager in charge. Then in 2018, Sarri decided to leave for Chelsea.
Insigne was vocal at the time, warning a move to Juve would represent “a betrayal” of Napoli and the club icon stood by his comments on Monday.
“I said it and I say it again, for us Neapolitans, that was a betrayal,” Insigne said during a Q&A session.
“And it will be forever. Now we have to focus on ourselves and try to beat him at all costs. Now that he’s gone to Juve, I don’t want to talk about him anymore.
However, the 30-year-old’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, says there is no truth to the latest Spurs rumours.
“I don’t comment on rubbish,” was his brief response to talkSPORT.
Bale’s future appears complicated as there seem to be few clubs willing and able to match both his wages and Madrid’s asking price.
Manchester United were often linked with the player last season but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not thought to have any concrete interest in a bid.
With Chelsea under a transfer embargo and Manchester City and Liverpool seemingly not among his suitors, a move back to Spurs, the club he left in 2013 to join Madrid in a €100m deal, appears most likely if he is to return to the Premier League.
Bale scored 11 goals in 40 appearances in a disappointing season for Madrid in 2018-19, as they finished third in LaLiga and were humbled by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.
With Eden Hazard and Rodrygo joining in the close season and Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez also competing for wide attacking spots alongside strikers Karim Benzema, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz, Bale’s first-team opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu are looking limited.
Wout Van Aert sprinted to victory in Albi. Julian Alaphilippe stays in yellow, while Thibaut Pinot and Jakob Fuglsang lose time.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) took his first Tour de France victory from a reduced sprint after the peloton was decimated by cross-winds that cost a number of GC contenders valuable time.
The Dutchman took over sprint responsibilities after team-mate Dylan Groenewegen was caught in a group behind, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) on the line with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) third.
Victory for @WoutvanAert as he imposes himself on the final sprint of this incredible stage!
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was the most high-profile casualty of the crosswinds, losing a minute and a half alongside Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) in a substantial shake-up to the overall classification.
“Beating all the fast guys in the sprint, I can’t believe it.” said van Aert soon as the race was over.
“It’s above anything else. I’ve felt it in the last 10 days how big this race is. Winning a stage at my first attempt wow.
“I managed to stay in front, with Dylan Groenewegen not in the group I was allowed to go for the sprint. I went early about 250m from the line and it was close with Elia Viviani but only one centimetre is enough.”
Tomorrow a rest day is scheduled with action from the Tour de France expected to continue on Wednesday with Stage 11.
In the meantime here are the Stage 10 results and the updated overall classification:
Matthijs de Ligt’s transfer to Juventus is nearing its conclusion, according to Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars.
De Ligt’s move away from Ajax is set to be one of the biggest deals of the transfer window, with the 19-year-old having been linked to a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Serie A champions Juve are the team who look set to secure the 19-year-old centre-back, however, for a reported fee of €66million.
Ajax confirmed on Sunday that De Ligt had been left out of their travelling squad for a pre-season trip to Austria, and Overmars believes the transfer is all but done, with the player expected in Turin to undergo a medical on Tuesday.
“The end of the transfer of De Ligt is near,” Overmars told reporters.
“We’re awaiting bank guarantees because we are very strict with this at Ajax. Hopefully, things will progress, but I think there will be no further obstructions. They are Italians.”
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De Ligt will leave a big void in Ajax’s defence, with the youngster having been instrumental in leading Erik ten Hag’s side to the Champions League semi-finals last term.
Mexico international Edson Alvarez could act as De Ligt’s replacement, though Overmars insists the Club America centre-back would have been a target regardless.
“This transfer is not depending on the development of De Ligt’s transfer,” Overmars added.
“Edson is a player we think is good, so he might come to us. He is a good age, 21, and plays on a regular basis in the national team of Mexico and we know him very well because we scouted him over a longer period.
“He has progressed very well, and he can play in many positions.”
While Casillas will not be a part of Porto’s first-team squad heading into next season, the goalkeeper has not officially called time on his career and will instead take up a role helping to manage relations between the players, coaching staff and directors at Estadio do Dragao for the time being.
“I’m going to do something different than I usually did, which was to be on the pitch,” Casillas told Porto’s TV channel.
“I’ll try to make the connection between the team and the club. The coach talked to me last season when my situation happened, and he told me that he wanted me to stay with them, close to the players, near the younger players, because there would be a lot of changes. I will try to do my best to help my teammates.”
“We will prepare to achieve the best we can at the beginning of the season. We already have several weeks of work behind us but there are still a couple of weeks left before the first official matches. Let’s all have a great season together so that we can win the championship, the cups and do as well as we can in Europe.”
Casillas last trained with FC Porto on May 1, the day he suffered an “acute myocardial infarction” during training. He was discharged from the hospital five days later.
A three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Casillas has made 156 appearances since joining Porto from Madrid on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.
He’s won four of his past nine majors and finished runner-up in two others. Oh yeah, and his caddie, Ricky Elliott, just happens to be from Portrush and grew up playing what will be a largely unknown venue for everyone else.
Another golfer with the advantage of some local knowledge, the Northern Ireland native once shot a course-record 61 at Royal Portrush. When he was 16. McIlroy also has been the best golfer throughout the entire 2019 season with 11 top-10s in 14 PGA Tour starts, including two victories.
Watch @McilroyRory relive his incredible 61 a Royal Portrush when he was just 16
McIlroy’s major drought will extend to more than five years if he doesn’t win and he faces a bit of extra pressure with this “home game” and being made the betting favourite. Of course, if he does win, he’s suddenly the front-runner for Player of the Year honours.
After a great year in the majors in 2018, Fleetwood has done no better than a T-36 at the Masters this year. Also, his overall Open record is nothing special, although trending in the right direction with a T-27 and a T-12 after three consecutive missed cuts.
'It's easy to be disappointed but you have to keep perspective'
Even though Fleetwood is without a win in 2019, he is likely to enjoy the conditions at Portrush. The links course on the upper tip of Northern Ireland is defended primarily by the wind which could play into the hands of a man brought up on the blowy north-west coast of England. Fleetwood is overdue a major breakthrough and will enjoy considerable support.
What separated this quiet, unassuming Italian from that star-studded field last year was his immense calmness under pressure. He went bogey-free in a two-under-par 69 in tricky conditions that will likely be replicated at Portrush.
However, after ranking second in strokes gained: tee-to-green on the PGA Tour last season, Francesco has fallen to 57th. The ball-striking will need to be tightened up if he’s to claim the claret jug again.
The reigning Masters champ has won two of his past eight official stroke-play starts going back to last year’s Tour Championship. Before winning at Augusta National, many thought the Open—with its firmer fairways and slower greens—would be his best chance to claim another major, something he nearly did at Carnoustie last year. However, Woods has had only eight official stroke-play starts since last year’s Tour Championship.
Some of the clubs interested in hiring the Portuguese ahead of the upcoming season there are Benfica, Lyon and most recently Newcastle United.
One of the top leagues Mourinho hasn’t had the opportunity to manage in is the Bundesliga and the man himself isn’t excluding he could become the manager of a German side in the near future.
Asked about his future, Mourinho told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I really miss football. I miss the adrenaline, the field, my job. Football is football.
“Right now, I am studying German. Bundesliga? Now, I’m studying German because I miss the language. I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. But I do not exclude anything, not even Germany.”
When asked about Inter, probably his all-time favourite club, and their chances for the Scudetto this season Mourinho said the Nerazzurri must try to win the title under Antonio Conte in the Italian’s first season in charge of them.
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The Nerazzurri have already signed Diego Godin, Nicolo Barella, Stefano Sensi and Valentino Lazaro, while Conte is determined to prise Romelu Lukaku from United.
Mourinho spent two years at Inter – winning back-to-back Serie A titles and the Champions League – and the club great told Gazzetta dello Sport: “The Nerazzurri have to win Serie A this season. I’m sure they will.”
Inter finished fourth last season, 21 points adrift of Juve under former boss Luciano Spalletti.
Lewis Hamilton believes his strategy was the key to winning at Silverstone and not because of the Safety Car.
The five-time Formula 1 champion believes he would have still won the British Grand Prix even without the Safety Car due to his strategy.
Hamilton shadowed Mercedes teammate and polesitter Valtteri Bottas during the early stages of the race before Bottas pitted on Lap 16. Hamilton remained out and found himself in the lead of the race having opted to pit under a Safety Car period on Lap 20.
The Briton took on fresh Hards and was able to complete a one-stop strategy to claim a record sixth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone, while Bottas was locked into a two-stopper and ended up over 20 seconds adrift in second place.
“I was going to do a one-stop and [Valtteri Bottas] was on a two so it wouldn’t have made any difference,” Hamilton said.
“The Safety Car wouldn’t have made a difference. When he pitted on lap 16, I think it was, my plan was to offset as much as I could. And so I think I went four laps or something and I probably could have done another lap or two.
“At the time he was not catching me. He should have been catching me but he was not catching me and I was keeping the gap generally the same.
“So he was only thinking he came out the pits seven-tenths inside my window – so I would have pitted and he would have been seven-tenths ahead – and then it came to one, then one-and-a-half but it stayed around one-and-a-half to two.
“If I’d done another lap it probably would have got to two-and-a-half maybe and I would have come out on my fresh hards and I could have just sat behind him if I wanted to and then he would have had to pit.
“So I would have still had that 21-second gap. So it didn’t really make a difference. Even If I was behind him, I would of course try to overtake him, but in hindsight I didn’t actually need to do that.”
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Hamilton said Mercedes’ original plan was for both drivers to run a two-stop, adding he “chose to do a one”.
“It wasn’t agreed, it was said that we could,” he explained.
“So I looked at the options and of course I want to always try and offset. So when Bono [race engineer Peter Bonnington] came on the radio and said ‘what tyre do you want?’ I said ‘I want the hard’.
“Did we know that we could do a one-stop with it? Not really. But as soon as I got onto it, it was quite strong and didn’t look like it was particularly starting to give up any time soon. So I decided to stay out.”
Explaining Mercedes’ strategy further, team boss Toto Wolff added: “In our strategy meeting in the morning, actually the drivers brought up whether there was an offset strategy possible for the guy running second because if you put them on the same tyre, this is probably how the race is going to end.
“So picking up on the suggestion, we decided that the second-placed driver would run an offset strategy with the hard tyre in the middle.
“We weren’t quite sure whether one stop would make it, probably rather thinking it would be a two, also because of a lack of data on the hard, and this is exactly how it panned out, and obviously both of them drove a brilliant race.
“Both of them would have deserved to win the race, and in that instance, the Safety Car swung in the favour of one driver.”
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On Saturday, Serena Williams lost to Romanian Simona Halep during the women’s singles final in a match that lasted 56 minutes, 6-2, 6-2. Sunday was a marathon 5-set match between Djokovic and Federer which resulted in victory for the Serb.
The top-seeded Serb won 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) on Centre Court, defeating Federer in the final for the third time. He also beat Federer in the final in 2014 and 2015.
Federer had two championship points at 8-7, 40/15 on serve, in the fifth set that lasted one hour and 50 minutes.
It was the third major championship match that Djokovic saved two match points to beat Federer (also 2010 US Open semi-finals and 2011 US Open semi-finals). It was the first time since the 1948 Wimbledon final — American Robert Falkenburg beat John Bromwich of Australia 7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5, after being three match points down — that a player had been made points down and won.
The 33-year-old Serbian, who saved one set point at 4-5 in the third set with a service winner en route to extending his FedEx ATP Head2Head record to 26-22 against Federer, has now won 16 Grand Slam singles championship trophies, with only Rafael Nadal (18) and Federer (20) ahead of him in the all-time title leaders list.
Federer had been hoping to become only the second player — after Stan Wawrinka at the 2014 Australian Open — to beat Nadal and Djokovic at the same major championship. The 37-year-old beat Nadal in four sets in the semi-finals.