Fabio Aru to miss Giro d’Italia due to iliac artery operation

24 Mar

UAE Team Emirates' Fabio Aru will now miss the upcoming Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, as well as May's Giro d'Italia, in order to have an operation on a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, his team has reported.

Aru was due to return to racing at next week's Spanish stage race having abandoned Paris-Nice in early March, but could now be away from racing for a number of months, until at least this summer.

The winner of the 2015 Vuelta a España's last victory came at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 5 of the Tour de France in 2017, with the 28-year-old having since struggled to perform at the level he's used to.

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Aru's iliac artery problem has meant that he has lacked "an adequate blood supply when trying to make a maximum effort. This problem, and resulting drop in power, during the Sardinian's most intense efforts [has] limited his performances", said a team statement released on Sunday morning.

"It is a feeling that I feel when I have to go all-out, while the symptom disappears at a medium pace – so much so that in training I get the basic numbers," Aru said.

"From a certain point of view, I can only be relieved to have found the problem; on the other hand, I am angry about the bad luck that has befallen me for the umpteenth time, and that it will force me to miss the Giro d'Italia again. I will work to try to put an end to this dark period as soon as possible.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Manchester United star Paul Pogba 2018 earnings dropped because of BREXIT meaning France teammates Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe earned more than him

24 Mar

Paul Pogba’s earning from 2018 dropped because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to reports in France.

Pogba used to be France’s highest earning sportsman, but has now been overtaken by Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Pogba has been overtaken as France’s highest-earning sportsman

According to L’Equipe, the midfielder still earns a weekly wage of £290,000 at Manchester United.

But his contract with adidas was given a huge boost after his World Cup winning summer in Russia – worth £34million over the next decade.

The France Football Association also gave the 26-year-old a £343,000 bonus for lifting the prestigious trophy.

However, the report claims Pogba’s yearly earnings have dropped due to the value of the sterling falling against the Euro due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Mbappe and Griezmann earned big in 2018

Conversely, Griezmann’s earnings have increased as a result of Atletico Madrid offering the striker a new deal to stave off reported interest from Barcelona.

The 28-year-old also has lucrative deals with Huawei, Head & Shoulders, Gillette and Puma, and like Pogba, he too received a £343,000 bonus from the FFF for winning the World Cup.

Although Mbappe is not the biggest earner at PSG (with Neymar holding that honour) the 20-year-old is now the second-best paid French sportsman.

Top 10 for Trentin after trying his luck in closing stages of Milan-San Remo

24 Mar

European road race champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) tried to escape the clutches of the leading group at Milan-San Remo on Saturday by jumping away with just two kilometres to go, only to be chased down by three-time cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), and eventually finishing 10th.

The Italian played his card inside the final couple of kilometres, and for a moment looked as though he might have opened up a large enough gap to hold off his rivals, only to look back with just over a kilometre to go to see the canary-yellow-clad Van Aert bringing him back.

Once the front group was back together again, it was the turn of Bahrain-Merida's Matej Mohoric to try his luck with an attack, and while Trentin could then sit in the wheels while the Slovenian road race champion was brought to heel, ensuring that he'd be in the mix for the final sprint, the 29-year-old had by then burned all his matches, and had to be content with a place in the top 10.

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"I was there with the final guys, and so I thought I'd give it a go on the flat and that hopefully they'd look at each other, but they didn't," Trentin said on his team's website.

"In the end, my bullet was that one, and it was gone. The legs were what they were; I was on Peter Sagan's wheel, but I think he had also used his legs earlier."

Trentin was full of praise for his Mitchelton-Scott teammates, who drew similar praise from head sports director Matt White.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Bettiol and Clarke animate Milan-San Remo for EF Education First

24 Mar

The attack by EF Education First's Alberto Bettiol approaching the top of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo on Saturday drew a response from eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – which caused the race to explode into life. Bettiol's teammate, Simon Clarke, then gave chase, and secured a top-10 finish for the American outfit in the reduced-group sprint on the Via Roma.

"If you can attack on the Poggio it means you're strong," Bettiol told Cyclingnews at the finish. "And I felt good in the finale of the race. But it's also a huge disappointment because, when Alaphilippe caught me, I felt like a complete idiot because I realised I'd blown my chance. If I’d waited and saved my power for a little later, I could have perhaps attacked to go away with him."

Bettiol added that he'd suffered cramps at the recent Strade Bianche, which prevented him from riding as strongly there was he would have liked, and so feeling good at a key point of one of the world's most-famous races wasn't an opportunity that the Italian was going to let pass by.

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"Milan-San Remo finally proved to be my moment, and I went for it," he said. "When the road eased, the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders spread across the road for a moment, and the pace dropped. I just went for it and can't even remember what the rest of the Poggio was like.

"But I didn't race intelligently," Bettiol admitted. "I just switched my brain off and went for it."

Behind him, Australian Simon Clarke had a good view of his EF Education First teammate's move, but also admitted that things may have played out differently if he'd been in slightly closer attendance.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Valverde so near and yet so far at Milan-San Remo

24 Mar

Alejandro Valverde's seventh place at Milan-San Remo, which came as having been part of the 12-man lead group, was the Movistar rider's best finish yet at La Classicissima – a race that continues to elude and frustrate the world champion.

It was a case of so near, and yet so far: the 38-year-old Spaniard was right where he needed to be on the Via Roma, but was never really a challenger to 26-year-old winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), whose greater concerns as the line approached were AG2R's Oliver Naesen, 2017 Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and former world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

"It's been a spectacular Milan-San Remo, both because of the high level of racing and the great weather," Valverde said on the Movistar website. "Being up there with the top contenders and finishing with the first group, after 20 days with no racing, is something to be really happy about."

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Valverde's previous best result at what is the first Monument of the season had been 15th in 2016. It's a race that he has now ridden seven times during his career, and finished 24th there back in 2006.

He's won Liège-Bastogne-Liège – the Monument that takes place in the Belgian Ardennes each April – four times, and will target the Tour of Flanders for the first time during his career this spring, but Milan-San Remo continues to remain tantalisingly out of reach.

"It was mostly flat-out in the finale, with no respite, which helped create that selection," Valverde said of Saturday's race. "Even if I was gaining ground on those launching the sprint from the front in the final metres, I wasn't able to gain back any more places, and had to stay content with that seventh place.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

WIN! Tickets to Liverpool vs Spurs, thanks to Barclays!

24 Mar

talkSPORT have teamed up with Barclays to give away a pair of tickets to Liverpool v Spurs at Anfield on 31th March at 4.30pm.

 

Barclays are celebrating their Game Changing moments of the Premier League and rewarding fans with the chance to win tickets to Premier League matches every week!

 

Please note that by entering this competition your information will be used in accordance with Wireless Privacy Policy, and your data will be used to contact you in case you are selected as the winner.

 

To enter simply answer the question below:

BARCLAYS (THE “PROMOTION”) ONLINE RULES:
By entering the Promotion, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (these “Terms and Conditions”).  Phoning, texting or emailing to enter the Promotion or completing and submitting an entry form will be deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.  Promotional materials relating to the Promotion, including all information on how to enter the Promotion published by the Promoter (including on social media if applicable) or on the Promoter’s websites, also apply to the Promotion.  In the event of any conflict between any terms referred to in such promotional materials and these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions take precedence.

Participation in the Promotion

  1. Residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over only, except employees and agents of the Promoter or Wireless Group Limited and anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the Promotion (including third party sponsors or promotional partners) and their respective associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, and the immediate families and household members of all such employees and agents.
  2. The Promotion starts at 00:01 am (UK time) on Sunday 5 August 2018 and closes at 13:00 pm (UK time) on Tuesday 7 May 2019 (the “Promotion Period”). Any entries received outside of the Promotion Period will be void.
  3. There will be 39 prize draws (individually each a “Prize Draw”) in total during the Promotional Period. This Prize Draw will start at 12:00 (UK time) on a Sunday and close at 13:00 (UK time) on a Tuesday.
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  1. Each Prize Draw winner will win a pair of Premier League tickets (the “Prize”.
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10.        The prize is a pair of general admission ticket for various Premier League matches at various venues across the season (these will be specified on individual competition pages for each prize draw). Winner and guest are responsible for travel to and from match at their own expense. Promoter reserves the right to substitute tickets for a different match and date without notice if ticket(s) to the advertised match become unavailable for any reason and/or at its sole discretion. Winner and/or his or her guest must not be excluded or banned from travelling to or from or attending any matches by any relevant official authority anywhere or under suspicion or investigation of the same. If the winner and/or guest is banned or under suspicion the Promoter reserves right to re-select another winner without notice. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with any athletes, the teams and/or The Premier League.

11.        Prizes are as stated and are non-exchangeable and non-transferable. There is no cash or other alternative to the prize in whole or in part.

12.        The winner is responsible for paying all associated costs that are not specifically stated in any Promotional materials or these Terms and Conditions, including (where applicable) transport, accommodation, meal costs, spending money, insurance and all other incidentals.  Winners are also personally responsible for any personal or incidental expenses and any VAT, national and/or local tax liabilities incurred in claiming or using the prize.  By participating in the Promotion, participants agree that the prize is awarded on an “as is” basis, and that neither the Promoter nor any of its subsidiary or affiliated companies, make any representations or warranties of any nature with respect to the prize.

  1. In the event that, for reasons beyond the Promoter’s reasonable control the Promoter is unable to award the prize as described in these Terms and Conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to award a prize of a similar nature and an equivalent value, or at its sole discretion, the cash value of the prize. The Promoter also reserves the right to award a prize of a similar nature and an equivalent value, or at its sole discretion, the cash value of the prize if in its reasonable discretion it is appropriate to do so.

Winner Announcement and claiming of prize

  1. Winners will be notified by phone or using the other contact details provided to the Promoter within 1 day after the end of the relevant Prize Draw. All reasonable endeavours will be made to contact the winner during the specified time. If a winner cannot be contacted or is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw another winner from the valid/correct entries that were received during the relevant Prize Draw. Winners may be required to submit valid identification before receiving their prize.
  2. Callers are not necessarily entitled to participate in on-air Promotions and will not necessarily appear on-air in the order in which they are called. The Promoter shall not be liable to reimburse callers for telephone charges when either on hold or on air. When the situation arises, only the person who is selected to come to air (if applicable) is eligible to win if they give the correct answer.
  3. Winners will be required to confirm acceptance of the applicable prize within 1 days of having been notified. If the winner has not claimed their prize by the date specified or the winner refuses or is unable to provide an eligible postal address for receipt of their prize, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to another participant.
  4. The Prize will be delivered within a reasonable time in advance of the match event.
  5. For a list of winners (name and general location) please send a stamped self-addressed envelope by no later than 28 days after the end of the Promotion Period to the Promoter at: Promotions Department, Wireless Group Limited, City Quays 2, 2 Clarendon Road, Belfast, United Kingdom, BT1 3YD stating that you would like the winner details for the “Barclays” Promotion.

Data Protection and Publicity

  1. The Promoter will collect and process participants’ personal information and it will be shared with the Promoter’s agents, affiliates and, if applicable, any third party prize provider (including those outside the European Economic Area). Information provided by participants will only be used for the purpose of conducting this Promotion (including for prizes to be delivered) and other purposes as may be specified at the time of entry or on promotional materials. Personal information will be used in accordance with the applicable privacy policy in place from time to time (see http://www.newsprivacy.co.uk/single/).
  2. Participants’ names and general locations will be published or made publicly available if they are a winner of the Promotion in accordance with the regulatory requirements. In such circumstances we may also make free use of this information and participant’s photographs for publicity purposes both during this and future promotions by the Promoter or any of its associated or subsidiary companies.

General

21.        The Promoter’s decision is final and binding on the participants. No correspondence will be entered into.

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23.        The Promoter reserves the right to require the participants to prove that they are eligible. If a winner is found to be ineligible, the Promoter reserves the right to award their prize to another participant and to require the return of any prize already awarded.

  1. The provision of the prize does not imply endorsement by the Promoter of Barclays or other third parties concerned in any way with the Promotion. Any complaints or queries relating to the use of the prize should be directed to Barclays.
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