Sunday's French national road race carried huge Tour de France consequences for the AG2R La Mondiale team after Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic) took the title ahead of Cofidis riders Julien Simon and Damien Touze. A crash that involved AG2R's Tony Gallopin and Benoit Cosnefroy took the pair out of contention for the title and left the riders' Tour participation in question, while a lacklustre performance from Pierre Latour as he returns from injury caused the team to replace him on the roster with Alexis Vuillermoz.
"After talking with Pierre Latour, we decided that it was more reasonable to replace him for the next Tour de France," said Team Manager Vincent Lavenu. "He has been struggling since returning to the competition, and it would have been very risky to send him to a race like the Tour de France."
Latour said he was not disappointed with the team's decision.
"It's better like this. I was not in a good enough condition during the Tour de Suisse, and that was confirmed today at the French championships," he said. "At the Tour, I would not be worth anything to the team. This absence will allow me to continue training well with the goal to be better at the end of the season and the Vuelta."
Vuillermoz was obviously excited about the opportunity to compete in his sixth Tour after finishing the Giro in May.
"After the Giro d'Italia, I started training quickly again," he said. "I did have being selected for the Tour team in mind, and I am very honoured that the team trusts me. During the month of June, I re-found great sensations that I have not had for a long time in training. I am going to the start in order to work for the team to the maximum, and hopefully to take my chances when the opportunity arises.”
All Elite Wrestling star Cody Rhodes was taken to hospital after being left bloodied following an unprotected chair shot to the head.
It opened up a considerable gash on the back of his head and, after being helped out of the ring, needed 12 stitches to shut.
After wrestling to an time-limit draw with Darby Allin at Fyter Fest on Saturday evening, Shawn Spears, formerly Tye Dillinger of WWE, stepped into the ring and struck Rhodes over the head with a chair.
AEW’s owner Tony Khan issued a statement after the match and suggested it was a case of bad luck which left the son of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes incapacitated.
“I don’t know if this is the time to go into detail about what happened but we had taken precautions in this situation, in that specific situation, and a doctor was available.
“Cody does not have a concussion – he has staples – and we’re all very grateful for that.
”All I’m going to say to you guys on it right now, and I will talk about it more in detail, but you could build the safest airplane in the world and if there’s pilot error there’s pilot error. That was not good.”
Head shots with weapons are extinct from virtually all wrestling promotions, with the WWE banning chair shots to the head in January 2010, following an amendment in the Talent Wellness Program.
Several former wrestlers have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), such as Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, Balls Mahoney and more recently Andrew ‘Test’ Martin.
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An autopsy on Chris Benoit by neurosurgeons discovered a multitude of concussions was a hugely contributing factor to his double-murder and suicide.
The Canadian’s brain was said to have resembled that of ‘an 85-year-old’s with Alzheimer’s’ according to several doctors. Benoit was one of the only superstars to regularly take chair shots to the back of the head.
England kept their World Cup dreams alive with a stirring victory over India, Jonny Bairstow letting his bat do the talking with a match-winning century at Edgbaston.
The stakes were incredibly high for the hosts after back-to-back defeats but Eoin Morgan’s side held their nerve in a 31-run success, ending India’s undefeated streak and reclaiming their own place in the top four.
Bairstow’s suggestion that critics were ‘waiting for us to fail‘ had been poorly received during the week but he repaid any lingering debt in style, striking 111 to set up an imposing 337 for seven.
Bairstow did not go into battle alone, fit-again opening partner Jason Roy setting the tone with an aggressive 66 and Ben Stokes making it three half-centuries in a row with his bustling 79, but his knock did the heaviest lifting.
Roared on by a hugely partisan crowd which flipped home advantage on its head, India needed luck and skill if they were to make a record World Cup chase and Rohit Sharma had both.
Dropped at slip by Joe Root with just four to his name, he went on to make 102.
But despite that England’s attack showed their mettle, Chris Woakes taking two wickets and a glorious boundary catch while Liam Plunkett justified his recall in place of Moeen Ali with three for 55 – including master batsman Virat Kohli.
England may not need to see off New Zealand at Chester-le-Street to seal a semi-final place but they go into their last group game knowing nobody can stop them if they do.
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“The climb is tough and long, as you all know and sometimes — like tonight — months of perfect preparation and strategy are overshadowed by a millisecond mistake.
“There isn’t much to say now other than to congratulate Francis Ngannou for capitalizing so effectively on my mistake.”
While the Brazilian is perhaps unclear what lies in store for him next, Ngannou wants another shot at the heavyweight title. Daniel Cormier is set to rematch Stipe Miocic on August 17 in Anaheim, California.
Phil Bardsley and his football agent brother, Josh, were involved in a mass brawl at a plush Ibiza hotel in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to reports.
The Sun have revealed that the Burnley defender, 33, had to be forcefully restrained in footage which showed chairs being hurled across the room, glasses smashed and punches exchanged.
The row took place after a wedding party at the exclusive five-star Hotel ME, which costs guests a whopping £2,300-a-night to stay in.
Bardsley’s younger brother, Josh, was hit over the head with what appeared to be a pair of beach shoes by a furious blonde lady.
He was later punched in the face, as rival groups squared up to one another on the video footage roaring: “Come on then”.
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Kilmarnock defender Alex Bruce, who played for Hull in the Premier League and is the son of Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve, acted as the peacemaker during the brawl as he is seen trying to calm the melee down.
The defender can be heard telling a bride to be, who watched the violence unfold just hours before her wedding day: “Sorry, it’s just grown up men getting drunk.”
Tom Cleverley, who was thrown a surprise 30th birthday party earlier in the day, led a bloodied Josh away from the violence.
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The Watford midfielder was forced to restrain him as he tried to return to the scene of the fight.
Hotel security quickly rushed to the scene and the bar was duly shut down for the night.
Wedding guests later reportedly complained to hotel management about the behaviour of the football stars during their stay.
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