French Open 2017: Simona Halep reaches last eight

Simona Halep

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May-11 June
Coverage: Live radio commentary and text coverage of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Third seed Simona Halep thrashed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-1 to reach the French Open quarter-finals.

Halep, the 2014 runner-up, is one of the favourites to win the title in Paris and swept aside her 21st-seeded opponent in exactly one hour.

It was the Romanian’s first win over Suarez Navarro on clay in six attempts.

She will play either fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or qualifier Petra Martic, the world 290 from Croatia, for a place in the semi-finals.

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Adam Blythe forced to apologise to driver who he claimed ‘almost killed me’

British road race champion Adam Blythe has tweeted his anger after he claims he was almost killed by a driver, but the police informed him to apologise.

Adam Blythe, the reigning British road race champion, has claimed that he was almost killed in an training ride last week but was forced to apologise to the driver.

The Yorkeshireman, who rides for Aqua Blue Sport, was training in the UK last Friday (June 2) when he was involved with an incident with a Volkswagen.

The 27-year-old has said that he was “almost ran off the road” which left his bike with scratches but thankfully him without any injuries.

Blythe claims that he ran the police but was forced to apologise to the elderly driver for calling him a “stupid old man”.

The incident is the latest in a series of professional riders being involved in training ride crashes.

Astana rider Michele Scarponi who was killed by a lorry in a training ride in Italy just before the Giro d’Italia, while current and three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome had his bike written off in the French Alps last month after a collision with a car.

Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP world champion, died last month after a cycling crash.


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Watch the scary moment two track riders in Germany ride off the banking and into the stands

The two riders were racing one another when they both exited the track, falling over the boards and into the stand.

A video has emerged on Twitter of two racers exiting the track of a velodrome and careering over the advertising hoardings and into stand.

The dramatic footage shows the riders racing side-by-side to one another as they cross the start/finish line.

Then, the pair both make their way up the velodrome’s banking mid-way through the turn but instead of riding at a higher height and then returning to a lower part of the track on the back straight, disaster strikes.

The rider closest to the boards appears to ride on them and then rides off the track and flies through the air and into the stands. The second rider follows almost identically and the pair are seen crashing into the stand.

The duo crash at a high speed and land some distance beyond where they left the track.

It is believed that the race was part of the 3 Track Tournament in Germany, although CW couldn’t verify that. It is also not known whether or not the riders suffered injuries or not.

It looks as if only a few people were in the stands at the time of the crash, but screams can be heard as the riders veer off track.


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French Open 2017: Andy Murray set for Karen Khachanov test at Roland Garros

Andy Murray

French Open: Murray v Khachanov
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Date: Monday, 5 June
Coverage: Listen to online radio commentary and follow text coverage on the BBC Sport website and app.

World number one Andy Murray will face up-and-coming Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth round of the French Open at about 11:30 BST on Monday.

Top seed Murray, 30, is trying to reach the last eight in Paris for the sixth time in the past seven years.

Khachanov, 21, is ranked 53rd and plays his first Grand Slam last-16 match after beating American John Isner.

“Mentally I feel pretty good just now,” Briton Murray said after beating Juan Martin del Potro in round three.

Having struggled with fitness and form during much of the year, the Scot played superbly to see off the Argentine in straight sets on Saturday.

“After each round, I’m not thinking about winning,” he said.

“I didn’t come here with the mindset that I’m definitely going to go a long way.

“I was going to try and just get through the first round and hopefully feel better each day. That’s been the case so far.”

Khachanov poses a new challenge for the Wimbledon champion, and it will be the Russian’s first match against any of the very top names in the sport.

He said: “That is what we are looking for, to play on the big arenas like here, centre court, and to play against world number one. I’m really looking forward for it.”

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Khachanov was born in Moscow but has trained in Barcelona for the past three years, during which time he has risen from outside the world’s top 400 to become a fixture around the top 50.

The 6ft 6in right-hander has plenty of power, as he showed in seeing off big-serving Isner in the third round.

That followed his best win to date over 13th seed Tomas Berdych.

“I practised with him before he got on to the tour when he was like 350, and he was really good,” said Murray.

“Big, strong guy. Generates a lot of power. He’s also got a big serve.”

Khachanov has hit 29 aces to Murray’s 16 in the tournament, and has spent an hour less on court at just under the eight-hour mark.

Murray will head into the match with a very different mindset, however, following his impressive performance against Del Potro.

“I believe in myself, so even when things aren’t going well, I believe I can turn it around,” said Murray.

“The five-set format has definitely helped that, so I have maybe not been as anxious going into some of the matches, because I know there is some time to turn it around.”

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The world’s top sprinters ‘love’ this year’s Tour of Britain route

The 2017 Tour of Britain is expected to attract a number of the world’s top sprinters, with several expressing their fondness at the course to race director Mick Bennett.

Mick Bennett, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain race director, has revealed that the world’s fastest riders are excited about this year’s route which offers many opportunities for the sprinters.

The national race, which takes place between September 3 and 10, is noticeably different this year compared to previous editions in that there is no hill-top finish for the first time since 2012 and there is only one stage of undulating parcours which usually characterises the race.

>>> Tour of Britain 2017 route revealed: stage-by-stage details

Additionally, the race finishes in Cardiff and not London as per tradition and in fulfilment of a long-time agreement with the Welsh capital.

Six of the eight stages will most probably eventuate in a sprint, although Bennett has pointed out that there are a number of finishing circuits for the riders to negotiate which could add drama and prevent a bunch finish. Weather, too, could play a part in deciding the outcome

Nonetheless, riders like Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) are pleased with the flatter parcours.

“When I have spoken to the top sprinters in the teams – the Mark Cavendishs, [Alexander] Kristoffs, Kittels, [Nacer] Bouhannis – they have loved the course,” Bennett told Cycling Weekly.

“They like the idea that one year the course will be more in their favour and they’re excited.

“We have had extreme finishes in the past and four years ago we introduced the hill-top finish.

“We decided this year to come down the east side of the country more, to have a classic 10 mile time trial [in Clacton], but also to have a race for the rouleurs and sprinters this time, instead of having a race more varied, for the all-round rider.

“We’ve also introduced circuit finishes in the fishing venue: we look at innovation each year. This is the change – whether it’s a good one, we are going to find out.

“But the riders make the race, not the terrain. It’s the riders and weather that will make this race, not the fact that you have got flattish, less undulating routes.

“In the early part of the race, the first four stages at least, [it should be decided by sprints], but they’re also technical and the wind coming in off the east coast… you could have a situation where the whole race could split into five echelons without a sprinter in the front group.”

A large number of riders prepare for the World Championships by racing the Tour of Britain and the sprint-friendly route in Bergen for this year’s course was a leading reason behind the ToB’s flatter course.

2018’s Worlds are a much more mountainous affair – so can we expect the Tour of Britain to include more hills? “It’s a very fair and likely assumption,” Bennett commented.


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Cannondale-Drapac team seeks new sponsors for 2018 season

American WorldTour team Cannondale-Drapac are actively pursuing new sponsors and a cash injection for the 2018 season.

Cannondale-Drapac, the American WorldTour team, have announced that they are in need of new financial support for the 2018 season and beyond.

The team – which is home to American stars like Andrew Talansky and Taylor Phinney, as well as British talent Hugh Carthy – has admitted that their budget is “extremely limited” and new cash injection is required to maintain a top-tier UCI outfit and to be competitive.

Slipstream Sports, the owner of the team, have never denied that their financial budget is substantially less than that of other teams such as Sky, and so their announcement is not a surprise.

Just last month, the team’s CEO Jonathan Vaughters alluded to the need for more cash injection, saying that “if we want to make it to the next level, we need to find (additional sponsors) willing to see the vision of what this can be.”

The team have gone under various guises in recent years to ensure that they can continue to race at the highest level, and it would appear than Cannondale are looking to withdraw from title sponsorship next year, but also maintain a relationship with the Argyle team

In a statement, Slipstream Sports said: “Cannondale is not only a sponsor of the team but also a major owner of Slipstream Sports.

“And while Cannondale wishes to continue as a major financial backer, we are actively looking for additional sponsors.

“The team’s budget is extremely limited and has been for several years, forcing cuts in areas such as sport science and aerodynamic testing.

“In order to provide the proper level of support to our riders, we will continue to search for further backing.”

There is no hint, however, that Drapac – who only came on board last June before the Tour de France – and planning on pulling their co-sponsorship.

Talasnky’s win on stage five of the recent Amgen Tour of California was the Argyle team’s first WorldTour victory in over two years; a few days later, Pierre Rolland won stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia.


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Tech of the week: bike launches from BMC and others, a 600g frameset and aero bikes head-to-head

With the Giro d’Italia over, the focus this week has been on bike launches, aero bikes and frame weights

New bikes from BMC, Kinesis and Cannondale

This time of year is when brands start to roll out their new bikes for 2018. So we’ve reported on a few bike launches, starting with BMC’s new Teammachine. The Teammachine SLR will come in both rim and disc braked models and was developed using BMC’s supercomputer design method, which took the frame through 34,000 design iterations. BMC says that its disc brake frame is less than 50g heavier than the rim brake version.

If you prefer rim brakes, we’ve also had the news that Campagnolo has added a new brake track to its Bora Ultra carbon wheels, which it says dramatically improves braking in all conditions. And we’ve also had news from Pro of why Gianni Moscon’s three spoke wheel collapsed in the Tirreno-Adriatico opening team time trial.

BMC Teammachine SLR01

Disc brake version of the new BMC Teammachine frame weighs only 50g more than the rim brake one

Meanwhile, Kinesis UK has announced the new Tripster AT frameset, with AT standing for All Terrain. It’s designed to take 700c tyres up to 45mm wide or 650b up to 52mm, for mixed surface riding, bikepacking or just longer road rides. Kinesis sells a build kit alongside the frameset or you can buy the frame and fork and build your own dream mixed terrain specification.

Kinesis’s Tripster AT is ready for your mixed terrain adventures

And Stateside, Cannondale has brought out a new SE version of its SuperX cyclocross frame kitted out for mixed terrain with chunkier tyres and a wide range SRAM Force 1 groupset.

The sub-500g frame, custom S-Works bikes and Madone range explained

We’ve also this week looked at just how light a carbon frame could go. By including graphene in the lay-up, British manufacturer Dassi reckons that it could make a sub-500g frame, although its initial model will be closer to 600g.

Dassi is aiming for a sub-500g frameset with its graphene containing lay-up

Meanwhile at the Giro d’Italia, Fernando Gaviria and Bob Jungels were given custom S-Works bikes by Specialized to celebrate their wins in the Points and Young Rider competitions respectively.

We’ve lined up five top aero bikes for a head-to-head test

We’ve also tested five aero road bikes, including the S-Works Venge ViAS, Cervélo S5 and Canyon Aeroad at Derby Velodrome to see which is fastest. While if a Trek Madone takes your fancy, we’ve had a look at the range, all the way from the £4,800 9.2 up to the £11,500 Race Shop Ltd. And we’ve also run through Boardman’s road bike range.

And don’t forget to check our deals pages, including Sunday Trading, if you’re looking for more cycling kit.


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Jason Dufner wins Memorial Tournament in Ohio

Jason Dufner (left) and Jack Nicklaus

Memorial Tournament final leaderboard
-13 J Dufner (US); -10 R Fowler (US), A Lahiri (Ind); -9 M Kuchar (US), J Thomas (US); -8 J Hahn (US), K Kisner (US), K Stanley (US), B Watson (US)
Selected others: -6 J Spieth (US); -5 J Day (Aus), S Lowry (Ire); -3 R Fisher (Eng); -1 P Harrington (Ire)

American Jason Dufner won a fifth PGA Tour title by claiming victory in the Memorial tournament in Ohio.

The 40-year-old bounced back from a third-round 77 to card a 68 on a final day – during which there was a weather delay – as he finished on 13 under.

Fellow countryman Rickie Fowler shot 70 and was tied in second on 10 under with India’s Anirban Lahiri, who posted 65.

Daniel Summerhays had taken a three-shot lead into the final round but a round of 78 let him on seven under.

The 33-year-old was aiming to win his first PGA Tour title but shot a round which included four bogeys and a double bogey.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry was tied on 15th on five under, while England’s Ross Fisher was joint 22nd on three under.

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Tearful Muguruza unhappy with 'tough' Paris crowd

Kristina Mladenovic beats Garbine Muguruza at the French Open

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May – 11 June
Coverage: Listen to live radio commentary and follow text coverage of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza was unhappy with a “really tough” crowd after defeat by home favourite Kristina Mladenovic at the French Open.

The Spaniard, 23, lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 on a packed Suzanne Lenglen Court which gave its full backing to Mladenovic.

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams’ defeat by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky means a new major champion will be crowned in Paris on Saturday.

“It’s a very painful defeat here in the French Open,” said a tearful Muguruza.

“The crowd was really tough today. I can’t really understand. I don’t know how to explain.

“If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood.

“I don’t know what people were expecting. I’d rather not say anything more.”

Mladenovic, 24, served 16 double faults but came through amid a raucous atmosphere on the second show court at Roland Garros.

“I don’t think that they crossed the line,” she said of the crowd.

“I mean, I noticed once – and I think it was bad – when they kind of screamed between her first and second serve, but that’s because they thought it’s a double fault because the first serve was a let or something.

“But that’s the only thing that happened. Otherwise, they were quite fair.”

No Frenchwoman has won the title at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000.

Thirteenth seed Mladenovic joins Bacsinszky, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the last eight, with only three of the top 10 seeds still in the draw.

Muguruza, 23, left her media conference briefly because she was so upset, before returning to reveal she was glad to relieve the pressure of being French Open champion.

“I love this tournament no matter what happens,” said Muguruza, who claimed not to have been distracted by Mladenovic’s cries of “Forza!” after the Spaniard’s errors.

“I’m going to be super happy to come back.

“Everybody is going to stop bothering me asking me about this tournament, so it’s going to be a little bit like, ‘Whew, let’s keep going.'”

Timea Bacsinszky beats Venus Williams at French Open

Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Elina Svitolina will aim to reach the quarter-finals when they play their fourth-round matches on Monday.

Pliskova and Svitolina won their rain-delayed third-round matches on Sunday, while former world number one Wozniacki reached the last eight.

Williams, the 10th seed, fought back from 5-1 down to take the opening set against Bacsinszky.

But 27-year-old Bacsinszky broke Williams’ serve in the first game of the second set as she won 12 of the last 15 games in the match.

Wozniacki, 26, reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed and 2009 champion.

Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.

Caroline Wozniacki

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Debora Kolwey – Mat Workout (50 mins) – Level 2/3

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Play with different variations to help support you in this Mat workout with Debora Kolwey. She uses the energy from a partner to help you find feedback to assist you in each movement. She also changes the positions of certain exercises to ensure that you are never stuck in a movement.

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