Movistar confirm new women’s team and bright blue jersey for 2018 season

Radical new look for Spanish team in 2018

Movistar have confirmed that they will launch a new women’s team for the 2018 season, with both men’s and women’s team competing in the same new sky blue kit.

The Spanish team will become the sixth WorldTour team to have a connected women’s set-up after Team Sunweb, Orica-Scott, FDJ, Astana, and Lotto-Soudal.

The team will consist of around ten riders for its first season (although no signings have yet been announced) and will use the same equipment as the men’s team.

>>> Vuelta a España team report: Who failed, who excelled?

Included in that is a new sky blue kit, which will be worn by both the men’s and women’s teams for the 2018 season.

The kit is a radical departure from the navy blue and green that the team has worn since transitioning from Caisse d’Epargne to Movistar sponsorship in 2011.

Still made by Scottish company Endura, the new kit will keep the large ‘M’ on the front and rear, but changes its colour to white on a light blue background combined with navy shorts.


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Vuelta a España team report: Who failed, who excelled?

We assess the relative performances of each of the teams taking part in the 2017 Vuelta a España, which concluded on Sunday

Ag2r La Mondiale 2/10

Romain Bardet. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

There was to be no repeat of their Tour de France success for Ag2r La Mondiale, as Domenico Pozzovivo abandon half-way through having failed to make an impression and Romain Bardet failed to mount a GC challenge.

The latter did put in a spirited attempt to salvage the race with a stage win, but failed to finish any higher than the fourth-place he managed in Andorra.

Aqua Blue Sport 7/10

Stefan Denifl on his way to winning stage 17 of the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

A stage win ensured that this Irish wildcard team exceeded expectations in its first ever Grand Tour.

And it wasn’t just any stage win, either – Stefan Denifl triumphed on Los Machucos, one of the hardest summit finishes of the race.

Astana 8/10

Miguel Angel Lopez won two mountain stages in the 2017 Vuelta. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Astana looked reinvigorated this Vuelta, unleashing their young Colombian sensation Miguel Angel Lopez to win two mountain stages, after Alexey Lutsenko had opened their account on stage five.

They also wrapped up the team classification, leaving Fabio Aru’s late capitulation out of the top ten on the final mountain stage as the only blot.

Bahrain-Merida 8/10

Vincenzo Nibali, Vuelta a España 2017. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Try as he might, Vincenzo Nibali simply couldn’t dislodge Chris Froome’s place at the top of the general classification.

His second overall and stage win in Andorra nonetheless make for a successful debut Vuelta for Bahrain-Merida.

BMC 6/10

BMC won the opening team time trial. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

It all started so well. Following on from a dashing victory in the opening team time trial, BMC came out of the first week with both Tejay van Garderen and Nicolas Roche well-poised in the top five, only for both riders to tumble down the rankings when the race reached the serious climbing.

Bora-Hansgrohe 6/10

Rafal Majka wins on La Pandera. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

There must have been fears within Bora-Hansgrohe that luck was abandoning them when Pawel Poljanski frustratingly missed out on a stage win on two consecutive days in the first week, but Rafal Majka – whose GC bid was scuppered by a bout of illness early on – rose to the challenge and pulled off a characteristic stage win on La Pandera.

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4/10

Jaime Roson. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Although another winless Vuelta means it’s now five years since Caja Rural-Seguros last scored a victory at the race, this Pro-Continental outfit can at least point to Sergio Pardilla’s 15th place overall and Jaime Roson’s third place on stage ten as moderate successes.



Cannondale-Drapac 6/10

Davide Villella claimed the mountains classification at the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

While news centred on the team’s anxious but ultimately successful quest to find a sponsor for next season, Cannondale-Drapac provided two of the race’s surprise packages – Michael Woods, who clung on against expectations to finish seventh overall, and Davide Villella, who rode cannily and aggressively to win the Mountains Classification.

Cofidis 3/10

Daniel Navarro and combativity award after stage 19 of the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Cofidis finished last in the team time trial and their Vuelta didn’t really improve thereafter. They populated breakaways, and took home three combativity awards courtesy of Luis Angel Mate (stages 7 and 14) and Daniel Navarro (stage 19), but never came close to winning a stage.

Dimension Data 3/10

Merhawi Kudus in the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Misfortune plagued the Dimension Data camp as an outbreak of sickness meant only three of their riders were able to make it to Madrid.

They were also unlucky not to win a stage early in the race with both Merhawi Kudus (stage five) and Omar Fraile (stage 12) managing runner-up finishes.

FDJ 2/10

Second place for Manzin on the final stage. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

You’d be forgiven for having forgotten that FDJ were competing at the Vuelta up until Lorenzo Manzin emerged to finish second on the final day’s sprint in Madrid, such was their anonymity.

The team selected an inexperienced roster of riders, none of whom left much of an impression.

Katusha-Alpecin 7/10

Ilnur Zakarin chases for third place overall in the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Katusha-Alpecin might have been expected to have a quieter Vuelta than usual following the retirement of local star Joaquim Rodriguez, but Ilnur Zakarin stepped up impressively to fill that void and finish third overall.

The team rallied behind the ever-improving Russian rider’s GC bid, and were successful in propelling him onto the podium after the stage to the Angliru.

LottoNL-Jumbo 5/10

Steven Kruijswijk on stage 17 of the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

It was a quiet race for LottoNL-Jumbo. Juan Jose Lobato narrowly missed out on a sprint win in Tarragona, while Steven Kruijswijk, despite again failing to attain the form of last year’s Giro, crept his way into the top ten overall.

Lotto-Soudal 9/10

Thomas De Gendt wins from a breakaway. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

A Grand Tour favouring breakaways was always likely to suit Lotto-Soudal, whose squad is full of escape artists.

But the success they achieved must have exceeded even their most optimistic hopes, with Tomasz Marczynski, Sander Armée and Thomas de Gendt sharing four stage wins between them – all, of course, from breakaways.

Manzana Postobon 4/10

Jetse Bol, Vuelta a España 2017. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

This Colombian wildcard team was hard to miss what with their bright pink jerseys, but in truth they didn’t animate the race much.

Their highlight of the three weeks arguably occurred on stage seven, when Jetse Bol briefly held the virtual red jersey.

Movistar 3/10

Marc Soler, Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Despite the best efforts of José Joaquin Rojas (who was second once and third twice) and Marc Soler (one of the race’s most prolific of breakaway frequenters), Movistar sorely missed their star duo of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, and endured a home Grand Tour well below their usual standards.

Orica-Scott 2/10

Esteban Chaves after stage 15. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

What had looked set to be a deadly three-pronged attack disintegrated rapidly, when first Simon Yates, then his brother Adam, and finally Esteban Chaves each capitulated out of overall contention.

With no rider able to salvage the situation with a stage win, it was a disappointing Vuelta for the Aussie team.

Quick-Step Floors 10/10

Matteo Trentin celebrates winning stage 13 of the 2017 Vuelta a España. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Continuing their extraordinary season, Quick-Step Floors amassed a huge total of six stage wins, with Yves Lampaert surprising the sprinters on stage two, Julian Alaphilippe triumphing on the stage to Xorret de Cati, and Matteo Trentin shining brightest of all with four wins to himself.

Not even David De La Cruz’s penultimate day abandonment or Trentin’s missing out on the green jersey could dampen the mood.

Team Sky 10/10

Team Sky rallied behind (or mostly in front of…) leader Chris Froome. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Team Sky were utterly indomitable throughout the Vuelta from start to finish, perpetually surrounding Chris Froome with an army of loyal domestiques, with Gianni Moscon, Nikel Nieve and Wout Poels – who himself finished sixth overall – the stand-out performers.

That Froome won by what was ultimately a comfortable margin was as much a testament to the team’s strength as a whole as it was his own.

Team Sunweb 7/10

Wilco Kelderman put in a strong performance at the Vuelta. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Given the furore surrounding the team’s decision to kick Warren Barguil off the race for refusing to stick to the team’s plan, Sunweb ended the Vuelta remarkably well, with their leader Wilco Kelderman putting the best performance of his career to date to finish fourth overall.

Trek-Segafredo 7/10

Alberto Contador lit up the Vuelta in his final race before retirement. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

For Trek-Segafredo, the Vuelta was the Alberto Contador Show, with the retiring superstar attacking up virtually every climb, cheered along all the way by adoring fans on the roadside.

Fifth place overall could have been higher had Contador not lost so much time in the first week, but a stage win on the Angliru helped ensure a fairy-tale ending for him and satisfying race for the team.

UAE Team Emirates 6/10

UAE Team Emirates claimed a stage win thanks to Matej Mohoric. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

With a line-up assembled mostly of stage-hunting climbers, it would have been disappointing if UAE Team Emirates had come away from the Vuelta winless.

That scenario was quickly rendered impossible on stage seven, when young talent Matej Mohoric soloed into Cuenca to claim a stage victory.


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Swimming World Presents “How They Train: Tanner Sonnek”

Photo Courtesy: Gustavus Adolphus College

How They Train: Tanner Sonnek

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It would take “blood, toil, tears and sweat” to be triumphant, intoned Winston Churchill back in 1940. More than 75 years later, he could have been talking about Gustavus Adolphus breaststroker Tanner Sonnek.

A latecomer to the sport, Sonnek started swimming as a ninth- grader at Mankato (Minn.) West High School. His senior year, standing 5-11 and weighing 165 pounds, he nished fourth in the Class A state meet in both the 100 yard breast (58.53) and 200 IM (1:57.24), and clocked free and breast relay splits of 21.64 and 26.52 to help the Scarlets to a fourth-place team nish.

“One of my biggest regrets is not starting earlier than I did,” says Sonnek. After ninth grade, he joined the Mantas Swim Club, sending him on an upward trajectory. “The reason I chose Gustavus was the team feeling of family I felt on my recruiting trip. Gustavus has helped me improve an incredible amount in just two years.”

To learn more about Sonnek, check out the September 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES
010 A RED, WHITE AND BLUE DANUBE WALTZ
by David Rieder, Brent Rutemiller, Taylor Brien and John Lohn
Team USA danced circles around its com­petition in Budapest’s (Hungary) beautiful Duna Arena at the 17th FINA World Cham­pionships, July 23-30. Beginning nine days earlier on July 14, the city came alive, sup­porting all the aquatic sports—open water, diving, high diving, synchronized swimming and water polo.

020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO GALLERY
All photos courtesy of SIPA USA

028 POISE AND CONSISTENCY IN THE LONG BLUE LANE
by Annie Grevers
Men who have been fortunate enough to be a part of the legendary St. Xavier High School swimming tradition in Cincinnati, Ohio know what it means to belong to the “The Long Blue Lane.” But the members of the exclusive group also realize how instru­mental their years as St. X Aquabombers were to their character development.

032 THE X FACTOR
by Annie Grevers
St. Xavier swimmers knew they could do something pretty impressive during the 2016-17 high school season. By “doing the work and putting in the time,” Coach Tim Beerman’s Aquabombers won Swimming World’s boys’ national high school champi­onships, securing its fourth title to go along with team victories in 1973, 1992 and 2001.

036 EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE
by David Rieder
Carmel High School (Ind.) once again won Swimming World’s girls’ national high school championships—for a fifth straight year and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

COACHING
040 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: BOB KIPHUTH
by Michael J. Stott

044 SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a two-part series on train­ing for the individual medley, which requires time, sacrifice, incredible endurance and speed to achieve world-class status. This month, Coaches Ted Knapp and Jeff Kostoff share “the Stanford way” of training their IMers. Next month: North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Paul Yetter will provide some of his IM training secrets.

046 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: STROKE COUNTS
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article addresses the miscon­ception that a lower stroke count represents a more effective technique. While stroke counts can provide meaning­ful feedback about technique, swimmers often make technique adjustments that lower their stroke count, but do not necessarily make their tech­nique more effective.

049 Q&A WITH COACH JON CARLSON
by Michael J. Stott

050 HOW THEY TRAIN: TANNER SONNEK
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
043 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BREASTSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
053 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
048 MOMS AT MEETS
054 GUTTER TALK
056 PARTING SHOT

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Vincenzo Nibali: ‘Chris Froome isn’t invincible’

The Italian says Froome showed weakness during the Vuelta a España despite taking a dominant overall victory

Chris Froome may have dominated the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, winning the overall on Sunday in Madrid, but top rival Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) says Team Sky’s star can be conquered.

Froome led the race from stage three to stage 21, finishing with 2-15 minutes over second place Nibali. Nibali already won the Vuelta in 2010, the Tour de France and his home race, the Giro d’Italia twice.

>>> Tour-Vuelta double places Chris Froome among the true greats of cycling

“There were days when he certainly wasn’t super, like that finish in Machucos,” Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“If we had a stage with more climbing metres then things would’ve been different. There were many riders who had common interests for the classification.”

Mikel Nieve had to pace Froome up the steep 26 per cent Machucos slopes on stage 17  as Nibali gained 42 seconds that day.

Froome and Nibali battle it out at the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Froome, however, dominated most of the three-week race through Spain. He won the Cumbre del Sol summit finish and secured his lead with the time trial victory.

“Was he invincible? I put much on the Angliru climb [stage 20], but after the crash, I wasn’t the same as before. I wasn’t able to breathe. At that point, I thought the best thing was to just to manage myself and my second place,” said Nibali.

“Up until that moment, I always raced thinking about the overall victory, but it didn’t come. Anyway, I don’t consider it a bad result. Something like 8/10. The placing holds value, also considering the rivals that I was up against.”

Nibali has beaten Froome in smaller stage races, but never in a Grand Tour. He lined up against him in the 2014 Tour, which he won, but Froome abandoned after a crash on stage five.



The second place adds to his third place overall in the 2017 Giro d’Italia behind winner Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Considering he could back off and pass the summer specifically preparing for the Vuelta, Froome considered Nibali his most dangerous rivals.

“I concentrated my training on the second part of the season for this race,” continued Nibali. “The results, the stage win in Andorra and the performance shows that I did well. Nothing came by chance.”


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Chris Froome takes aim at 2018 Tour de France, but tilt at Giro d’Italia not out of the question

Froome promises to target the Giro at some point in the future

Less than 24 hours after crossing the line in Madrid to win the 2017 Vuelta a España and Chris Froome is already turning his attention to winning a fifth Tour de France title in 2018 – although a shot at the Giro d’Italia isn’t out of the question.

Having become the first man to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the Spanish Grand Tour was moved to its current spot in the calendar in 1995, Froome says that his main priority for next season will be a fifth Tour title that would move him level with Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, and Jacques Anquetil.

>>> Tour-Vuelta double places Chris Froome among the true greats of cycling

However with routes of all of the 2018 Grand Tours still to be announced – the Giro d’Italia organisers will become the first to announce their route on September 18 – Froome says that he will have to wait and see before planning his 2018 season in its entirety.

“A fifth Tour de France title will take my aim but it’s early days and I’ll wait to see what the Giro, Tour and Vuelta courses look like next year and sit down with my team to draw up the goals,” Froome told the BBC after his Vuelta triumph.

“I’m sure the time will come when I will target the Giro. It’s a big task to try to go for the Giro and it could compromise the Tour but I wouldn’t write it off.

“Obviously it’s very early to say, and of course the Giro has come up in question a few times. I’m not going to say no, I’m going to have an open mind about next season, and over the winter I’ll come up with a plan for next year, but one year I’m going to have to target the Giro d’Italia.”

>>> Team Sky top UCI WorldTour ranking after Froome’s Vuelta a España victory

If Froome were to head to the Giro d’Italia in May before going for a fifth Tour de France title in July, he would be aiming to complete a Grand Tour double which no rider has completed since Marco Pantani in 1998, and which Nairo Quintana fell short of in 2017, finishing second in the Giro and a distant 12th in the Tour.

Froome hasn’t ridden the Giro d’Italia since he became the general classification threat in Grand Tours, being disqualified from the 2010 race for holding on to a motorbike on stage 19.

Having now won the Vuelta a España, a victory in the Giro d’Italia would bring him alongside six other riders to have won all three Grand Tours.


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Team Sky top UCI WorldTour ranking after Froome’s Vuelta a España victory

British squad Team Sky moves to the top of the UCI’s WorldTour ranking after the Vuelta a España as Chris Froome moves to second place in the rider ranking behind Greg Van Avermaet
– Anna van der Breggen cements win in women’s WorldTour

Chris Froome‘s overall victory in the 2017 Vuelta a España on Sunday has propelled Team Sky to the top of the latest men’s UCI WorldTour ranking.

The British outfit now sits ahead of Belgian team Quick-Step Floors, with US-registered team BMC Racing in third. Unsurprisingly, Froome’s victory in the Vuelta and the Tour de France in July have contributed greatly to the team’s total.

Froome himself moves up to second in the individual rider ranking for the WorldTour as leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) strengthened his position at the top of the table after finishing second in the GP de Québec in Canada behind Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) on Friday.

>>> WorldTour: Even calendar, latest news and reports

With only three races left in the 2017 men’s WorldTour calendar it is now looking highly unlikely that anyone can unseat Van Avermaet from the top spot.

Van Avermaet tallied up a huge number of WorldTour points after a stunning spring campaign with wins in Paris-Roubaix, Ghent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Greg Van Avermaet wins 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Only Froome has enough points to challenge Van Avermaet, but he is unlikely to ride – and win – Il Lombardia (September 30), the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (October 10-15) or the Tour of Guangxi (October 19-24).

Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) sealed the final top spot in the women’s WorldTour after the series closed with the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta on Sunday. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) placed second, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) in third.

Van der Breggen takes home the trophy at the end of the 2017 Giro Rosa

Anna Van der Breggen celebrates winning the 2017 Giro Rosa. Photo: Owen Rogers

Van der Breggen’s Boels-Dolmans team took a dominant win in the women’s team classification ahead of Team Sunweb.

The majority of the top-ranked riders are now looking ahead to the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, which takes place in Bergen, Norway, over September 17-24. Road race, individual time trial and team time trial disciplines are included.

Men’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on September 10)
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 3582 points
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 3452 pts
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 2545 pts
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 2544 pts
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 2171 pts
6. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 2105 pts
7. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 2049 pts
8. Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 2040 pts
9. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 1987 pts
10. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing 1882 pts

Men’s team ranking
1. Team Sky 12,199 points
2. Quick-Step Floors 11,803 pts
3. BMC Racing 10,429 pts
4. Team Sunweb 7881 pts
5. Trek-Segafredo 7415 pts

Final Women’s UCI WorldTour ranking (on September 10)
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans 1016 points
2. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott 989 pts
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling 856 pts
4. Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb 803 pts
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-high5 630 pts
6. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle-high5 626 pts
7. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans 623 pts
8. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb 614 pts
9. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-Bigla 518 pts
10. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini 457 pts

Women’s team ranking
1. Boels-Dolmans 3273 points
2. Team Sunweb 2153 pts
3. Wiggle-High5 1824 pts
4. Orica-Scott 1821 pts
5. Canyon SRAM Racing 1505 pts


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Watch: Man rugby tackled by onlookers after being accused of stealing bike at charity ride

Man charged with stealing after bizarre incident in Australia

A man accused of stealing a bike at a charity ride in Australia had his attempt to make off from the scene brought to an abrupt end after he was rugby tackled by spectators at the event.

As reported by 7News, the incident took place on Saturday at the Oceanway Ride, a 55km/102km charity ride starting in Surfers Paradise, with the man, having apparently stolen a bike, riding through the start line while riders stood to listen to the national anthem.

>>> Watch: Cycling shows fast reactions as he chases down and rugby tackles bike thief (video)

Most riders looked on bemused as the man shouting “I win” while riding down the road, before someone shouted that the bike was stolen, sending marshals and onlookers in pursuit.

One was able to get close enough to apparently throw his morning coffee over the alleged thief, before another, Lachlan Boyle, was able to tackle the man to the ground, where he was held by members of the public before police arrived.

After asking officers what he was being arrested for, the man has now been charged with stealing, and will appear in court on September 22.


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'Passion' drives Nadal to US Open title

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his “love for the game” after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York.

Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year.

“I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things,” he said.

“I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While that keeps happening, I will be here.

“When some day arrives that I don’t feel the nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, ‘OK, I do another thing.’

“I am 31, I’m not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game.”

Match stats
Nadal Anderson
1 Aces 10
1 Double faults 4
63% First serve 59%
84% Pts won on 1st serve 73%
70% Pts won on 2nd serve 36%
30 Winners 32
11 Unforced errors 40

Nadal’s victory took him three away from Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Grand Slam titles, and the pair shared all four major victories between them in 2017.

That came after both men ended their 2016 seasons early through injury, casting doubts on their ability to even challenge for the biggest titles again.

“I just can say thanks to life for that opportunity,” said Nadal.

“Probably that’s why I still have chances to compete in this sport and to do it well. That’s all.”

Grand Slams: Rafa v Roger

Most men's Grand Slam titles

Had Nadal converted his lead over Federer, 36, in the final set of this year’s Australian Open final in January, there would be just one major title between the pair.

“I really never thought much about that,” said the Spaniard. “I just do my way. He does his way. Let’s see when we finish.

“Three is a big difference. I really don’t think much about these kind of things.

“I’m very happy with all the things that are happening to me, to win this title again. I have this trophy with me.”

Coaching changes in Nadal camp

Tiger Woods

The US Open was the last Grand Slam tournament in which Nadal was accompanied by his uncle Toni, the man who first put a racquet in his hand when was three years old.

Former world number one Carlos Moya, a close friend of Nadal, will take on coaching duties alongside long-time team member Francis Roig from next year.

Toni Nadal will take on the running of his nephew’s tennis academy in Majorca, which opened last year, although the world number one did not completely rule out a return to the player box for his uncle.

“He’s going to stop and going to put more attention on the academy. That would be great for my academy, and will be great for the kids,” said Nadal.

“That doesn’t mean that Toni will not travel any more. No, no, I believe that it will be stupid to say that.

“But of course he will not be in the diary of my practices and of my travels.”

Rafael Nadal

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Tech of the week: Wattbikes, wheelsuckers and wind blocking kit

This week we’ve had training aids, options to make your ride a bit easier and clothing for cooler weather

New trainers and power meters

Wattbike Atom

The new Wattbike Atom scales down Wattbike’s functionality

Wattbike has launched a new trainer this week. Called the Atom, it’s cheaper, lighter and quieter than the original Wattbike, but still keeps all the same functions and analysis. And Bkool has announced two new, quieter turbos as well as a system to support side to side movement of the bike as you train.

We’ve also had a closer look at the new Garmin Vector 3 pedal-based power meter and asked if the pros should be banned from using power meters.

giro prolight techlace

Giro Prolight Techlace shoes are a seriously lightweight option

And September’s Tech of the Month video features the ultra-light Giro Prolight Techlace shoe, Lazer’s aero Bullet helmet, the Wahoo Elemnt Mini computer and new Lapierre Aircode pro-level aero bike.

Drafting and motors

This week, we’ve looked at the differences between the new Ultegra and Dura-Ace groupsets. One is the greater range that Ultegra still offers – which riders on the Vuelta a Espana found useful on last Wednesday’s 30 per cent gradients, swapping from Dura-Ace to Ultegra rear mechs so they could fit a larger cassette. You might also need lower gears for some of Mark Beaumont’s favourite places around the world to ride a bike.

But if you fancy an easier ride, we’ve had a couple of options for you this week as well.

Here’s why it pays to be a wheelsucker

Swiss Side wheels has been calculating the benefits of being a wheelsucker. Sit 10cm behind and you’ll save yourself over a third of the effort needed to overcome aerodynamic drag. And you can continue to get significant benefits right out to 20m off the back.

Spot the motor on Orbea’s new Gain e-bike

Or you could take to Orbea’s new Gain e-bike. With the battery stashed in the down tube and a rear hub motor, it takes quite a close look to see that you’re getting a push. Even the UCI might not notice – we’ve also reported the results of an investigation that questions the UCI’s methods for detecting hidden motors.

Bikes and jackets

Gear-wise we’ve had run-throughs of Trek’s and Specialized’s bike ranges and Cannondale’s CAAD12 options, telling you what the American superbrands have on offer this year.

Santini’s got you covered for wetter, colder rides

While if your autumn wardrobe is in need of a lift, we’ve had a look at Mavic’s 2018 range, Primal’s cooler weather gear and Santini’s Beta jackets, which go from a lightweight windblocker right through to its full-on cold and wet resistant winter offer.

And we’ve given you our favourite deals from Evans Cycles and the pick of the crop from the online retailers in Sunday Trading.


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Walker Cup 2017: United States thrash Great Britain & Ireland 19-7

Dejected looking GB players at the closing ceremony of the Walker Cup

The United States won back amateur golf’s Walker Cup by thrashing Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 at the Los Angeles Country Club.

The match was tied at 2-2 after Saturday’s morning foursomes, but the home side dominated that afternoon’s singles to open an 8-4 lead.

They then won Sunday’s foursomes 3-1 and the final singles matches 8-2 to secure a comfortable victory.

The US regained a trophy they lost at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015.

David Boote was the only British player to win a singles match on Sunday, while Robert MacIntyre and Scott Gregory both halved their matches.

Home teams have won 11 of the past 13 Walker Cups, with GB’s last win in America in 2001.

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