Chase Kalisz Cruises to Comfortable Top Seed in 400 IM Prelims

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Chase Kalisz cruised in the 400 IM prelim heats to a comfortable 4:13.34 to have the top seed ahead of Georgia teammates Jay Litherland (4:16.76) and Gunnar Bentz (4:17.22). Kalisz is in a good spot to make his third straight World Championship team as he will look to improve on his silver in 2013 and bronze in 2015.

Sean Grieshop (4:18.40), Charlie Swanson (4:19.14), Kieran Smith (4:19.89), Curtis Ogren (4:20.44) and Jonathan Roberts (4:20.48) will all swim in the A-Final tonight.

No one in the field has punched a ticket to Budapest yet as Kalisz was third in the 200 fly and Litherland was seventh in the 200 free. No one in the top eight besides Kalisz has made a World Championships either so there will be some urgency in the final tonight.

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Team New England Announces 12-Swimmer Roster for 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

72 young athletes, aged between 14-18, have been selected to represent Team England at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will provide young athletes with a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience of a multi-sport competition to support their development.

A host of future stars will be heading to the Caribbean from 19-23 July 2017 competing in athletics, swimming, rugby 7s, beach volleyball, judo, boxing and tennis.

Notable young athletes in the squad include two-time national junior boxing champion Ivan Price, 2016 European Youth Championships Long Jump gold medallist Holly Mills and Beach Volleyball U20 British Champions Joaquin and Javier Bello, who will all have the opportunity to represent Team England for the first time.

They will follow in the footsteps of Team England and Olympic heroes Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, James de Gale and Danny Care in representing England at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The 2017 Bahamas Games will feature up to 1300 athletes who will compete across nine sports for 94 medals including Judo and Beach Volleyball for the first time.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England said:

“I’m delighted that we will be taking such a talented group of young athletes to the Commonwealth Youth Games. For many this will be their first experience of a multi-sport Games environment and a key milestone on their pathway. 

“These young athletes represent the pride of England and I know everyone back home will be wishing them all the best for the competition.

“This is the largest team we’ve sent overseas to a Commonwealth Youth Games and for the team behind the team the Commonwealth Youth Games represents an important staging post on the road to the Gold Coast next year.”

The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Edinburgh in 2000 and Team England has taken part in all editions since. Bahamas 2017 will be the largest international sporting event ever hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The most recent Commonwealth Youth Games were in Samoa in 2015, when England came third in the medal table behind South Africa and Australia.

Young swimming sensation Layla Black, who claimed two gold medals at Samoa 2015 will get the chance to experience her second Commonwealth Youth Games, having been selected to represent Team England at this year’s edition.

Swimmer, Layla Black said: 

“It feels great to have been selected for my second Commonwealth Youth Games. It fills me with a great sense of pride to have been chosen to represent my country again.

“I am looking forward to swimming fast, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture in the Bahamas.” 

Full Team England squad for Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games:

Aquatics

Layla Black, Leeds

Lily Boseley, Ashfield

Harry Constantine, Dunstable

Leah Crisp, Wakefield

Thomas Dean, Maidenhead

Jakob Goodman, Sevenoaks

Elizabeth Harris, Stoke-On-Trent

James McFadzen, Newbury

Jahrel Murphy, London

Ciara Schlosshan, Leeds

Mason Wilby, Coalville

Alicia Wilson, Guildford

Athletics

Vera Chinedu, London

Chad Miller, Thornton Heath

Georgina Adam, Lincoln

Amber Anning, Hove

Emma Alderson, Liverpool

Joshua Allen, Stockton-On-Tees

Alex Botterill, York

Isabelle Boffey, London

Anna Burt, Bath

Luke Duffy, Nottingham

Joshua Lay, Northampton

Olivia Mason, Workington

Anna Smith, Newark

Claudia Lance Jones, Guildford

Jack Sumners, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Sam Bennett, Basildon

Pippa Earley, New Malden

Seamus Derbyshire, Stoke-On-Trent

Joshua Faulds, Rugby

Holly Mills, Andover

Lucy Hadaway, York

Gaia Osborne, Southsea

Serena Vincent, Southampton

Don Baker, Ipswich

Emma Howe, Chester

Boxing

Aaron Bowen, Coventry

Shiloh Defreitas, London

Mark Dickinson, Durham

Charles Frankham, Crowthorne

Eithan James, Northampton

Georgia O’Connor, Spennymore

Ivan Price, Leeds

Sadie Thomas, Hartlepool

Benjamin Vaughan, Northampton

Chloe Watson, Birkenhead

Judo

Holly Bentham, Beverley

Sian Bobrowska, Worcester

Leah Grosvenor, Stourport-on-Severs

Thomas Lish, Abbots Langley

Lachlan Moorhead, Pennistone

Harry Zain Prosser, Surbiton

Imogen Ranner, Foxton

Rugby 7s

Harry Barlow, Guildford

Connor Doherty, Sale

Thomas Fawcett, Henley-in-Arden

Lailand Gordon, Gwent

Fergus Guiry, Chichester

Cameron Kelemeti, York

Thomas Marshall, Blyth

Samuel Maunder, Cullompton

Jack Musk, Thames Ditton

Oliver Sleightholme, Northampton

JJ Tonks, Gloucester

Manu Vunipola, Bridgewater

Tennis

Peter Alam, Altringham

Indianna Spink, Welwyn Garden City

Beach Volleyball

Ellena Austin, Croyde

Joaquin Bello, Isleworth

Javier Bello, Isleworth

Yasmin Kaashoek, Devizes

About Commonwealth Games England 

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We are affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Federation and work closely with the various sports’ National Governing Bodies (NGBs), our funding partner Sport England, commercial sponsors and Organising Committees. Our purpose is to help prepare and support athletes and their sports to achieve success at Games-time.

Team England is the nation’s most inclusive and diverse team, featuring athletes and para athletes from all over the country and an equal gender split across the team. After topping the medal table in 2014 with 174 medals, including 59 gold, Team England is also one of the nation’s most successful teams.

Press release courtesy of Team New England. 

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Dan Martin: ‘I raced like an idiot at the Tour last year, but I’ve learned a lot’

The Irishman says he’s racing with no fear and won’t have a dedicated GC team around him

Daniel Martin says that he “raced like an idiot” in the Tour de France last year, but he takes those lessons going for the win in year’s race starting on Saturday in Düsseldorf.

Martin placed ninth in the Tour de France in 2016 and took a confidence boost from his third place ride in the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier in June.

>>> Tour de France route 2017: stages and key climbs

“I learned a lot last year, I raced like an idiot last year,” Martin said after a pre-Tour press conference with his team-mates in Düsseldorf.

“I made mistakes. It was the first year riding the GC at the Tour de France and the first time climbing in the mountains at the front in the Tour. I learned how it is different than the Vuelta a España and how you need to race it differently.”

Martin moved from team Cannondale/Garmin after eight years to join Quick-Step for 2016. He topped his seventh place that he had already in the 2014 Vuelta a España with his “idiot” ride in the Tour.

He rode consistently through this spring, placing top-10 everywhere: sixth in the Volta ao Algarve, third in Paris-Nice, sixth in the Volta a Catalunya, second in La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and of course, third this month in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Dan Martin on stage seven of 2017 Paris-Nice (Aso)

Martin, unlike Team Sky’s Chris Froome, races without a fine-tuned classification team.

Quick-Step is racing for sprints with Marcel Kittel and mixed stages with Philippe Gilbert.

“I don’t think about it. I tag onto the back of these guys [team-mates] on flat stages and so it’s as good as having a GC team on flat stages,” Martin added.

“There are enough teams who are going to ride very hard to the bottom of the mountains. I just learned to race like that. For me, it’s more important to stay safe on the flat stages in the start of the Tour, or at any time in the Tour.

“With this group of guys, for stages that are my weak point, I have an incredible back up. As good as or better than any other GC rider. I can sit behind Marcel, that’s nice and the best draft as anyone.

“The route this year doesn’t play into the hands of the stronger teams. Last year in the Tour, being on the wheel, like in the Arcalís stage in Andorra, you get so much draft sitting on the wheel that a team was important where as the climbs this year are so difficult.



“Obviously there’s still going to be time where it’s important to have a team, but I’ll find some draft somewhere.”

Pundits rarely mention the 30-year-old in the same breath as Froome, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte. Martin thinks they should, though.

“I beat them in the Dauphiné, so its not… I think everyone in the race is going to try to win the Tour de France, so why not go in and try and see what happens?

“Everyone is human here and everyone can have a bad day, whoever has the least bad bad day can win the Tour.”


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Open de France: England's Tommy Fleetwood cards four-under-par first round

Tommy Fleetwood

Open de France first round clubhouse leaders
-5 A Bjork (Swe), N Kimsey (Eng); -4 T Fleetwood (Eng), P Uihlein (US)
Selected others: -2 B Dredge (Wal), M Kaymer (Ger), G McDowell (NI), C Shinkwin (Eng)
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England’s Tommy Fleetwood continued his good recent form with an opening round of 67 at the Open de France.

The 26-year-old carded four birdies to sit a shot behind clubhouse leaders fellow Englishman Nathan Kimsey and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork in Paris.

Kimsey recovered from a bogey on his opening hole to card five birdies in the next six on his way to 66.

Former champions Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell are three off the pace after rounds of 69.

Stockport’s Fleetwood earned his second European Tour title at January’s Abu Dhabi Championship and came fourth at this month’s US Open.

“It’s brilliant, I played lovely,” he said after Thursday’s four-under-par.

“When you are playing really well and hitting the spots you want to hit you feel like you can make a score.

“But it’s one of those courses where it’s so difficult that I was lucky I didn’t really get out of position all day, and you have to make the most of it.”

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2017 European Junior Champs: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day two finals of the 2017 European Junior Champs. Finals dive into action at 5:30 pm local time in Netanya, Israel.

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Schedule of Events:

  • Men’s 100 Back FINAL
  • Women’s 400 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Free Semi-Final
  • Women’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Men’s 200 IM Semi-Final
  • Women’s 100 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Breast FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Back FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Fly Semi-Final
  • Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Final
  • Men’s 1500 Free (Fastest Heat)

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Leah Smith Snags Top Seed in…400 IM?

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Leah Smith grabbed the top seed spot in an unconventional event on Wednesday morning at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. The new postgrad swimmer Smith swam a 4:36.90 in the 400 IM prelims, an event she is not known to swim at the national level. That time puts her ninth in the world for 2017.

Smith was followed by veteran Elizabeth Beisel in second at 4:38.78. Beisel is looking to make her sixth World Championship team dating all the way back to 2007. Beisel has indicated this is her last World Trials and has not stated any plans beyond 2017. NCAA champion Ella Eastin is seeded third at 4:40.56.

Brooke Forde (4:42.32), Brooke Zeiger (4:43.09), Ally McHugh (4:43.75), Bethany Galat (4:43.81) and Madisyn Cox (4:44.63) will also swim in the A-final. Galat is already on the team for Budapest after her second place finish in the 200 breast last night. Everyone else in the field is not on the Worlds team yet with the exception of Leah Smith.Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 10.04.44 AM

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Catching up with USA Water Polo’s John Abdou

USA versus Croatia at Stanford in early June. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Cable

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor

With the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships opening next month in Budapest, the U.S. men’s and women’s national water polo teams renew a quadrennial chase for Olympic success that culminates at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Prior to FINA Worlds, I had the opportunity to speak with perhaps one of the most important decision-makers in American polo.

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Richard and Tony Azevedo, with John Abdou. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Cable

John Abdou— USA Water Polo’s Chief High Performance Officer who is the preeminent talent evaluator for the country’s largest water polo association—has become an invaluable partner to Dejan Udovicic and Adam Krikorian, head coaches respectively for the U.S. women’s and men’s teams.

Prior to taking a fulltime position with USAWP, Abdou spent five years at Bucknell University as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs then two as associate head coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara. A 2001 graduate of the University of California-Irvine, he played for the Anteater men’s water polo team.

Abdou addressed the recent lack of international success by the U.S. men’s team, specific challenges Team USA faces going into FINA Worlds, and why the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team is head and shoulders above the rest of the world.

Editor’s Note: the complete interview with John Abdou is on the Water Polo Planet website.

How the international calendar negatively impact U.S. men’s water polo:

The biggest challenge that both Coach Krikorian and Coach Udovicic face is to integrate the national team calendar into a system that has high school water polo, club water polo, NCAA water polo [and] year-round academics. That’s a huge challenge because the calendars do not align.

FINA makes the international calendar for the year based on what works best for Europe and not for those countries outside of Europe.

In terms of understanding the system it’s more about understanding the calendar first and then understanding the priorities of an American athlete. On both the men’s and women’s side, the priorities are to get into college and use water polo as an avenue to a great education. That’s in stark contrast to what’s happening in Europe.

Another way to look at this is that in America our high-performance process for national team athletes is essentially self-select. That can be said world-wide but—even more so here—athletes need to self-select to be part of the national team. For every male or female athlete it’s a decision-making process to be a part of the national team. And they weigh that against academics, lifestyle and career.

History shows that success is fleeting for Team USA:

For example—and again the goal should always be the highest level of achievement at the Olympic Games or in any world championship—but to put that in context with the facts; in the past 30 years our men’s team has won one Olympic medal.

That’s 30 years; Coach Udovicic has been here for four. In the history of our competition at the World Championships, we have never placed higher than fourth. We have six FINA medals total in the last 30 years as well. One of those came last year at the World Super Final.

Specifically, the last 27 years are important because in 1991 Yugoslavia broke up into separate countries that includes Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. That created a different competitive landscape than what was happening pre-1991. The silver medal that came before the one we won in Beijing in 2008 was in 1988 in Seoul, Korea.

In between that time, the break-up of Yugoslavia has changed the landscape [of international water polo].

That being said, we were highly competitive in the Rio games. Some more data; at the end of the London Games in 2012, if you did a plus/minus of our results against opponents we were -9 in all the games. In all the games in the Rio Olympics we had an even goal differential with our opponents. We lost a very close game to Spain, a very close game to Montenegro, a close game to Croatia and then beat Italy on the final day.

Continuity: a double-edged sword for the U.S. men’s squad:

In response to your second question, about how competitive are we going to be now in regards to our team and some of these players, another fact that everyone must deal with—us, Australia, and a lot of other sports in America—is that in the first year of a quadrennial in an Olympic cycle is always one of transition.

You’re going to see some athletes retire and some athletes question whether they’re going to return. This is across all sports in America after an Olympics.

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Tony Azevedo. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Cable

While Tony [Azevedo] has made it official, there are others who are still considering what’s [next]. John Mann, Merrill Moses and Jessie Smith are in talks with Coach Udovicic about their futures.

You also deal with injuries; Josh Samuels is injured for the year but return next year.

The one silver medal that we have in 30 years is due to a group of men who stayed together—a critical mass from the 2004 team that stuck it through to 2008 and then achieved greatly in Beijing.

Everything I’ve described now was known in 2008. The decision was made after the 2008 Olympics to keep the band together, so to speak. To avoid the trap of being perpetually young, if they could keep the team together for another four years they would have even greater success in the London Olympics.

Those men sacrificed quite a bit to make it work so they could stay together as a team but had disappointment in 2012 with an eighth-place finish.

The idea of keeping a group together had great success for 2008; keeping the group together in 2012 didn’t. That roster had aged by 2012 [so] we had to start over with a whole new pipeline of athletes.

A host of younger players restock the men’s roster for 2017 FINA Worlds:

You’re seeing the maturation of McQuin Baron. He recently won the Cutino Award and has continued to improve his game on a daily basis. You’re seeing Alex Obert, who played professionally in Australia, who has continued to evolve his game. Luca Cupido, after winning a national championship—he’s not at the World League Super Final because he’s finishing a summer school course and trying to graduate [from Cal].

You’re looking at a core group that involves them and Alex Roelse, who’s off another strong season at UCLA. And then trying to compliment all those strong athletes with players like Chancellor Ramirez, who just graduated from UCLA and had a strong showing in the Croatia series and is playing in the World League Super Final.

There’s Ben Hallock and [Thomas] Dunstan, who both went to Rio, they’re coming back now. We should start seeing the payoff this year, the next and through this quad, which is the maturation of those athletes that we did take to Rio and are now developing—Baron, Cupido, Roelse, Obert, Dunstan, Hallock—all these guys are continuing to develop.

Johnny Hoopers scores another goal during USA Water Polo National League games.

Johnny Hooper. Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Johnny Hooper has been in the USA Water Polo ODP pipeline for many years. He was born in 1997 and this year he’s getting a lot of playing time with the Senior National Team. He was the leading scorer at the Intercontinental Cup in Australia in April and helped us win a silver medal there. He played throughout the Croatia series and is playing in the World League Super Final right now. It’s interesting to know that he’s also eligible to play in the Junior World Championship in Belgrade this August.

Why American women’s polo is ahead of the rest of the world—for now:

Again, going back to the facts, it’s unfair to compare the men and the women. Men’s water polo was the first Olympic team sport, competing in the Olympic Games since 1904, which dramatically changes the competitive landscape in relation to women’s water polo which has been in the Olympic Games since the year 2000.

Fact number two; the number of country’s playing men’s water polo is drastically different than those playing women’s water polo.

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Team USA with Rio gold medals. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Cable

Fact number three: the women’s NCAA water polo is the best women’s water polo league in the world, hands down. That’s a huge advantage for the women versus the men, where the best leagues have been developed for over a hundred years outside of the USA.

The women’s NCAA league invites some of the best players from all around the world, and they are attracted to that league to play and develop.

The fourth factor is that the women’s calendar, the way it is now with the women’s NCAA season, being in the spring, is a huge advantage for the U.S. women as well. As their spring seasons are done they immediately go into national team play. For example, the women who just finished competing in the NCAA championships in Indianapolis immediately left from there and went to China to compete in the Kunshan Cup where Team USA won the gold medal.

I would say that those four data points are the biggest things to compare in terms of men and women but they still share similar issues. The competitive landscape for the women and the strength of our development of athletes in general in America is a huge asset for our women’s success. There’s a smaller competitive landscape and we’ve dominated because we’re the ones in control of the best league in the world.

Coach Krikorian is quick to remind everyone how well the rest of the world is developing at women’s water polo. The Hungarians are developing rapidly. In the last world championship we beat Holland 5-4 in the final. We’re one goal away from losing a world championship to a Dutch team that didn’t even qualify for the Olympics.

With Ashleigh Johnson out, Gabby Stone and other need to step up if America is going to stay on top:

Kaleigh [Gilchrist] is shooting for Tokyo in surfing; Kami (Craig) and Courtney (Mathewson), I don’t think it’s safe to assume they’re completely done [but] they’re looking to start new chapters in their lives. We’ll see after this year where Ashleigh Johnson goes. She just graduated from Princeton last month.

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Gabby Stone. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Cable

Two new goalies step in; one of them Stanford’s Gabby Stone, the other Mia Rycraw from Arizona State and both had great runs in China. Last year Stone was part of the fulltime group with the women’s senior team so she was the third-string goalie who’s been waiting her chance and finally got an opportunity.

As a reflection on the men’s side—the Hallocks and the Hoopers and Bowens and these other athletes that have spent their time developing through the USA Water Polo pipeline—the same is happening on the women’s side.

Jordan Raney, Brigitta Games, Mary Brooks–all those athletes have been part of the USA Water Polo pipeline for many, many years. At the last junior world championship in 2015 Brooks won a gold medal with Team USA.

These athletes that we’re mentioning, they are not unfamiliar to Coach Krikorian and now they’re gaining more familiarity with international water polo.

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Rider handed four-year ban after 2012 sample tests positive for EPO

Slovenian rider Jure Kocjan is given four-year suspension by UCI after retroactive testing of his 2012 sample produces positive for EPO

A 2012 sample that was retroactively tested and returned a positive for banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) has led to a four-year suspension for Slovenian rider Jure Kocjan.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) reported on Thursday that its Anti-Doping Tribunal had handed the 48-month suspension to the 32-year-old.

In addition to the EPO positive, the UCI says that Kocjan was found guilty of “tampering or attempted tampering during the results management process”.

A sample taken from Kocjan in an out-of-competition test on March 8 2012 contained traces of EPO. The sample had been stored and retroactively tested, with the positive result originally announced by the UCI in February 2016.

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Kocjan was racing for Team Type 1 Sanofi at the time of the test. In 2012, he won two stages of the Tour du Limousin and subsequently signed for the Euskaltel-Euskadi team in 2013, before moving to Team SmartStop in 2014.

Under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UCI rules, anti-doping samples can be stored for up to 10 years and re-tested at any point. Re-analysis of samples is beneficial in the fight against doping to detect substances for which there was no suitable anti-doping test at the time of the sample being taken.


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Scientific advances mean that new tests are constantly being introduced or refined.

Several other riders have fallen foul of their samples being re-tested and found to contain performance-enhancing substances. Italian Katusha rider Giampaolo Caruso also failed a retro-active test for EPO on a sample taken from him in March 2012.


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Richie Porte extends contract with BMC Racing beyond 2017

The Australian will ride at least through 2018 with the American team refusing to reveal length of contract

Richie Porte, two days before he begins his attempt at the overall Tour de France title, has extended his contract with BMC Racing beyond the 2017 season.

The Australian joined the American WorldTour team at the start of the 2016 season from Team Sky, and has since become their strongest general classification rider.

Porte took fifth overall at the Tour de France in his first year with the team, but has had a stellar year so far in 2017, winning the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie overall as well as second place in the Critérium du Dauphiné in June after letting his lead slip to Jakob Fuglsang on the final day.

The 32-year-old has also delivered five stage wins in WorldTour races through the year, including at Paris-Nice after slipping out of overall contention in the bad weather of the opening stages.

BMC, citing team policy, would not reveal the length of the contract Porte has signed, but he will certainly continue with squad through to the end of 2018.

“I have really enjoyed my first two years with BMC Racing Team so it was a natural decision to extend my contract,” Porte said in a statement.

“We are on the eve of the biggest race of the year, and my biggest goal of the season, and I feel at home with my teammates and the management and staff.



“I have raced with a few teams throughout the years and I definitely think BMC Racing Team is the right fit at this point in my career as I try to win the Tour de France.

“I’ve had a great first half of the season and I think my results are a reflection of the way the team has created a really good training and racing environment for me,” Porte continued.

“Things like having training camps at home in Monaco and building a core group of team-mates around me from the first race of the year in Australia have really helped me.

“Whatever happens over the next three weeks, I’m looking forward to keeping the BMC Racing Team jersey on my back beyond the end of the season.”


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2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships: Day Three Prelims Live Recap

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The third morning of action from the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championship features eight prelim events with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 breast and 50 back preliminaries going on. Olympians Elizabeth Beisel, Chase Kalisz, Kelsi Worrell and Tom Shields will all be on display Thursday morning as we head to the halfway point of the meet.

Bethany Galat, Caeleb Dressel and Jack Conger will all be looking to add more events to their World Championship lineup in their respective events on Thursday while Josh Prenot, Jay Litherland, Gunnar Bentz and Ella Eastin will be looking to get on their first Worlds team.

Heat Sheets

Live Results

Today’s Events:

  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 50 Breast
  • Men’s 50 Breast
  • Women’s 50 Back
  • Men’s 50 Back

Women’s 400 IM

Men’s 400 IM

Women’s 100 Fly

Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 50 Breast

Men’s 50 Breast

Women’s 50 Back

Men’s 50 Back

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