The ugly truth: rusty cars aren’t as safe as they were when new

30 Apr
Rusty used Mazda 6 wagon in Swedish crash testRust cuts deep—literally, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. Cars that show merely superficial rust may be considerably more dangerous in the event of a crash. The insurance company Folksam and the homeowner organization Villaägarnas Riksförbund of Sweden performed crash tests on a handful of used Mazda and Volkswagen...

Alexi Pappas Dreams Like a Crazy and Runs Like One, Too

30 Apr

Distance runner Alexi Pappas is the rare dual-threat of Olympic athlete and movie star. In the 2016 film Tracktown, which she wrote, directed, and plays the lead character in, she set out to capture the running-obsessed culture of Eugene, Oregon—a place where recreational runners share the trails with pros, and local farms and butchers step up as beef and vegetable sponsors for hungry athletes. Outside contributor Stephanie Joyce talked to Pappas about how her life as an Olympic hopeful translated to the big screen, and why so many people connect with her as an artist and a runner.

Dan Martin: I just need to add consistency to Romandie form

30 Apr

Dan Martin was content with his Tour de Romandie debut, where he finished 10th overall. The Irishman was a creditable eight in the mountain time trial to Villars but was unable to follow the attacks on the following mountain stage to Sion, and finished 22nd. That result saw him drop from eight to 10th on GC, but he still made the podium on the final stage after UAE Team Emirates picked up the team prize in Geneva.

Romandie marked the last race in Martin's block of Spring races, before he takes a break and returns to the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

"What we've got out of this week has almost been better than we expected at the start," Martin told Cyclingnews as he waited to step onto the podium.

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"It's funny that my first podium with the team is a team prize. Hopefully that the sign of things to come. I've been limping through the week with illness since the Classics but it's just the consistency that I need to add. This is also been the end of a really long block of racing for me but it's been a good one for the Tour."

Martin was unable to follow the accelerations of Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and eventual race winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNl Jumbo) on the final climb of the queen stage, but he still finds positive signs in his performance.

"With all the issues I've had this year I'm happy to have made that really big effort on the queen stage. I really pushed myself to the limit and gone beyond that limit. I found out where that was yesterday on the climbs."

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Chris Froome’s road to the Giro d’Italia – Video

30 Apr

With less than one week to go before the start of the Giro d'Italia, Team Sky have released a video highlighting the preparations done by Chris Froome ahead of his historic Grand Tour attempt.

Froome heads to the small Italian town of Ovaro to preview the Monte Zoncolan, finding that the climbs en route to the final climb are also painfully steep.

The Briton is heading to Israel this week to start his bid to be one of the three riders in history who have held all three Grand Tour titles simultaneously. Only Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx have won all three in a row when the Vuelta a España was in April.

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Froome reveals that he had his doubts when the team hatched the plan after he won last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

"Initially when the team asked me about the Giro, my reaction was no. I really wanted to focus on doing a fifth Tour de France. In my mind, the goal all along was to try and get to that point," Froome says.

"There's an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro-Tour, but I think I'd regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't give it a go.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

The Rugby Show podcast on talkSPORT 2 – April 30, 2018

30 Apr

Andrew McKenna looks at how the Premiership play-offs are shaping up following the penultimate round of fixtures.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young speaks about securing a top four finish. He’s also joined by Ealing director of rugby, Ben Ward to discuss their ambitions for next season.

And Saracens Women’s captain Lotte Clapp looks back on their Premier15 finals win over Harlequins.