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Gareth Southgate has admitted he

Gareth Southgate has admitted he Has “serious decisions” to make over his starting lineup for England’s opening group game at the World Cup, against Tunisia in 10 days’ time, after a much changed team impressed in the dismissal of Costa Rica. Women's Vancouver Canucks #15 Derek Dorsett Reebok White Away Authentic NHL Jersey Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye in the 2-0 success in Leeds to offer the manager food for thought before the squad’s departure for the tournament on Tuesday.“It’s more difficult, no question,” Southgate said. “There are some serious decisions to take, but in a really good way. If I was thinking I have no one to play in this position or in that position, it would be a very different situation. We asked the players to give us competition for places, and they’ve done that. We needed options. “Rashford played with a real swagger tonight. For me, at the end of the season, he cares so much you can see he was trying too hard [at Manchester United]. I said to all the team before the game, I expect to see mistakes tonight and, Cory James Authentic Jersey if I don’t, there might be a problem because we wouldn’t be being as attack-minded as we want to be. They are going to make errors, but by taking Trent Brown Authentic Jersey risks they show the glimpses of quality like Marcus’s opening goal. That was world-class, but he was also teasing defenders by the touchline. “His performance wasn’t perfect, but he was enjoying his football and that was good to see. I have 11 or 12 who are going to be difficult to leave out. There is genuine competition for places. It wasn’t the first-team versus Nigeria and a second-team tonight: we have quality across the two lineups. “Ruben is another super talent. It’s still early for him. He’s still learning the game really, even as an England international, as he has so few league appearances under his belt and is incredibly raw. But we believe in him.“We know the talent he has. You can see the ability he has to hold people off, his speed of feet and the strength when he is running with the ball. A super talent, and different to the other players we have.” England’s three stand-by players – Brad Hand Authentic Jersey Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore and Tom Heaton – will now depart the squad with the national team’s medical team confident the slight twinges felt by Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier are not serious. “They’ve all said they’re there if needed, they’re ready, and wished everyone luck,” said Southgate, who will give his squad a few days off before their return to St George’s Park on Sunday. There was something heartening about seeing him play with such freedom so soon after the scolding he received on FA Cup final day. Gareth Southgate has been a significant positive influence. Say what you like about Southgate’s lack of what the great José will always refer to as “titles”. But he does know how to get the best out of Rashford. He was helped by the poverty of the opposition. Costa Rica were muscular and dogged here. That was about it. At the back Kendall Waston moved with all the limber athleticism of the cast‑bronze Don Revie statue outside Elland Road. But England will still move on with a little hope. There is a refreshing energy to the team and plenty of speed across the ground. The challenge, as ever, is to play above rather than below their capacities when the pressure bites. And to provide, as Rashford did here, just a little touch of beauty after those recent tournament scars. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale jerseys

Two grand slam champions adorn

Two grand slam champions adorn The women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros – as well as the best player in the world, Simona Halep. The Romanian is playing well enough but, like Caroline Wozniacki did before her, she has to shake free the baggage of having no major on her CV while having a firm grip on the No 1 ranking. Elite Youth T.J. McDonald Aqua Green Home Jersey: NFL Nike Miami Dolphins #22 Vapor Untouchable On Thursday she plays the first semi-final against the only player to beat both Williams sisters in slam finals, Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2016 French champion and defending queen of Wimbledon who on Wednesday made short work of Maria Sharapova, shortly before Halep had a tougher time accounting for Angelique Albert McClellan Womens Jersey Kerber.The winner is guaranteed to play an American in the final, as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens meet in the other semi-final, a rematch of their 2017 US Open final.“What a draw,” Muguruza said, and, with a nod towards Halep’s trophy-free status, “I think she’s right now probably the best player. Well, she’s No 1.” Limited Youth Jaleel Scott Purple Jersey: NFL Nike Baltimore Ravens #12 Rush Vapor Untouchable The Spaniard with the sharp shots and observations said of her easy win over Sharapova: “When you win against an old-time player with a lot of experience it gives you a lot of [confidence]. These matches are the way you need to travel to get to the end of the tournament.” Thanks for coming, Stepping Stone Maria. Muguruza, who normally gives little away during a tournament, did welcome the opportunity to get to grips with Halep as soon as possible, perhaps hoping to trade on her relative freshness. “I’m excited to play a good semi-final, and it’s good that it’s tomorrow [Thursday], yeah.”Earlier on Court Philippe-Chatrier, as forehands and backhands billowed the net or sailed beyond the lines, as her second serve fell to pieces and the court dwindled to the size of a matchbox, Sharapova had to content herself with winning the screaming contest. But there are no points on offer for aural irritation and the cheers that greeted Muguruza’s 6-2, 6-1 win after 70 minutes of an embarrassingly one-sided quarter-final were surely mingled with gratitude for an early conclusion. There was not a lot else to celebrate, apart from Muguruza’s clinical excellence. They shared, evenly, 20 winners but Sharapova’s 27 unforced errors, 12 more than the Spaniard, undermined her ambition, which remains considerable. Her run here at least has been enough to move her further away from the danger zone of the top 32 seeds going into Wimbledon; she moves from 30 to 25 now.How she would burn if she had been in danger of losing a place in the protected group of seeds there next month because of a complimentary seeding for Serena Williams. And she has the American to thank for a walkover to the final eight here. It’s tantalising to wonder if a fit Williams could have Brian Winters Youth jersey given Muguruza any better of a fight Derwin James Youth jersey than the Russian did. Muguruza – who beat Williams in the final here two years ago – was so in control of this match that when Sharapova stepped up to Brandon Bollig Womens Jersey serve for survival, she edged at least a yard inside the baseline to rifle a backhand return that reduced her opponent’s racket to the substance of blancmange.Not since Victoria Azarenka towelled her 6-3, 6-0 in the 2012 Australian Open final has Sharapova suffered so heavily – in numbers, at least – in a major. They exchanged cursory pleasantries at the net, Sharapova disappeared with a tempered version of her regal wave, and Muguruza moved on to a tougher assignment in the semi-finals against Halep. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys from china

Marco Cecchinato a man who has lived

Marco Cecchinato a man who has lived Under the cloud of match-fixing allegations for two years, emerged into the sunshine here on Tuesday when he produced the best tennis of his career to put Novak Djokovic out of the French Open – and possibly out of Wimbledon.Djokovic, struggling with an injury to his serving shoulder, was devastated on court and clearly upset afterwards. “I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I cannot give you any answer. I’m just not thinking about tennis at the moment.” Youth Elite Eric Weddle Purple Jersey: Vapor Untouchable Home #32 NFL Baltimore Ravens Nike He looked shattered by the experience – but the day belonged to Cecchinato, an underdog from central casting.The Sicilian created mayhem, drama and history when he outlasted the once inexhaustible, 12-majors champion 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11), in just under three and a half hours to reach the semi-finals. There he will meet the world No 8, Dominic Thiem, who earlier saw off an injured Alexander Zverev in straight sets. Cecchinato in 2016 was convicted of match-fixing but had the ruling overturned on a technicality and here has embraced the experience like an ingenu – as he should, having lost in the first round of his four previous major championships. “Maybe I’m sleeping,” he said courtside. “It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. I don’t understand nothing. I was so tired but I won the match and it’s amazing. For me it’s a first semi-final of a grand slam. Now I need some rest for recovery. I am very happy.”Djokovic, who memorably came from two sets down to beat a rampant Roger Federer in the 2011 US Open semi-finals, could not replicate those Cordrea Tankersley Authentic Jersey heroics against the world No 72. The Serb had his chances to force it to a fifth set, 4-1 up in the fourth, and three set-points in the tie-break – but two glaring errors cost him. He butchered Womens Kenley Jansen Jersey a simple volley on a set point that sailed into the stands – provoking a desperate castigation of the crowd – then, on the third match point, he allowed Cecchinato’s fine but gettable shot down the line to sail to safety past his impotent racket. It was a curiously downbeat end to a passage of tennis to rank with any of recent times. In the first two hours Cecchinato was inspired and in the final half or so he returned to those levels against probably the greatest survivor in modern tennis. He had won only one five-setter in his life – coming from two sets down to beat the unseeded Romanian Marius Copil here in the first round – while Djokovic had won 29 of 37 and four times had recovered from 2-0 down. When Cecchinato dumped a backhand on the way to going two games behind in the fourth, he roamed the baseline, ranting in Italian, “Lamentevole, Lamentevole … [everything’s lamentable … everything, everything]”. He would be smiling widely soon enough.Zverev, meanwhile, leaves Paris weary but unbowed after his resistance finally cracked. Thiem is in the semi-finals for the third year in a row. The German, though, must first inspect a strained hamstring that neutered his movement and power from the third game onwards. “I definitely thought about it,” Zverev said when asked if he considered quitting. “But I didn’t want to pull out for the first time of my career in a grand slam quarter-final. I could barely move. I couldn’t serve. I couldn’t really do anything.”It was Zverev’s twin misfortune to find his good friend strong and in near-perfect touch on a day when his own body finally gave up on him after dragging himself into the quarter-finals through three five-setters, two of which he had to win from two-sets-to-one down. Time finally ran out for him on a cool and cloudy afternoon, Thiem wrapping it up in an hour and 50 minutes, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping

It is a pity there is no third Test

It is a pity there is no third Test. This one at Headingley was a mirror image of the match at Lord’s except this time England were the resounding victors as Pakistan were thoroughly outplayed. Thus the series ended at 1-1 after no more than six days’ play and it would be a brave person who could predict what would happen if they met again. No doubt England, after a thumping victory by an innings and 55 runs at Leeds, would be confident of prevailing but so they were before the first Test. Youth Kobe Bryant Swingman Black Nike Jersey: NBA Los Angeles Lakers #24 2018 All-Star Game Here everything went better than anticipated for selectors as well as players and punters. There was blistering strokeplay in the morning from Jos Buttler; he reached his half-century with a pull for six off Mohammad Abbas. It is debatable whether that came from the middle of his bat but the one he hit on to the rugby ground/ building site in the middle distance off Faheem Ashraf most certainly did. It was just as well that this was Sunday, when innocent construction workers were putting their feet up at home. Youth J.R. Smith Authentic Maroon Nike Jersey: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers #5 Icon Edition Buttler was left on 80 not out and the rest of us were left wondering why convention had not been defied earlier by parachuting the white-ball king into the Test team. It is still early days in Buttler’s renaissance as a Test player but this is an experiment that must run and run. So England had a lead of 189 and by lunch Pakistan’s three senior batsmen were back in the pavilion. Then the youngsters, with a bit of help from old Chris Woakes, took centre stage with Dom Bess taking his first three Test wickets and Sam Curran, on his 20th birthday, chipping in. It may never be as gloriously simple for this fresh-faced pair but along with the return of Buttler Anthony Tolliver Jersey they have brought zest and charm to a side that was in danger of stagnating. Along the way their naivety will be exposed now and again but there is no doubt that both of them are relishing being Test cricketers. The Pakistan batsmen were as hapless as England’s at Lord’s as they were bundled out for 134. First Azhar Ali, the senior man unable to show the way in this series, played all around a full‑length delivery from Jimmy Anderson. Then Haris Sohail punched a drive in the air from the middle of his bat to the left of mid-off. Stationed in this vicinity was Bess, who dived, stuck out a large left hand and it was there that Ricardo Louis">">Ricardo Louis Authentic Jersey the ball magically resided, a superb catch beyond the capacity of most English off-spinners of my experience. This is not the first time that Bess has had onlookers gasping at his capacity to conjure wickets in the field. Then Asad Shafiq was given out on review when feathering a leg-side catch off Stuart Broad so that Pakistan were creaking at 48 for three at lunch. There were 45 minutes of tranquillity after the break when the pitch had a little doze, and Imam-ul-Haq and Usman Salahuddin were suitably watchful against the old firm. Now Root gave Bess his first bowl of the match. To his first ball Imam skipped down the track and pummelled the ball straight for four; he opted to block the last ball of the over, missed it and Donte Jackson Jersey was lbw in the modern manner after reviewing unsuccessfully. So the irrepressible Bess had registered his first Test wicket. Out came Sarfraz Ahmed oozing gung-ho aggression in response to an almost hopeless cause. He, too, cracked his first ball from Bess to the boundary and then crunched drives against the pacemen at the fielders before he was palpably lbw to Woakes, whose return to Test cricket was only marred by having to leave Aaron Donald Jersey the field with “tightness to his right quad”. Next Shadab Khan succumbed to Curran, caught at slip by Alastair Cook, a more conventional mode of dismissal than the left‑armer’s first wicket in Test cricket. Now Root could happily fiddle around with his quintet of bowlers amid minimal resistance. The batsmen swung and the fielders unerringly took their catches. Both Faheem Ashraf and Salahuddin holed out against Bess, who ended up with three for 33, and then Stuart Broad returned to mop up the tail to give him match figures of six for 66. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys

Alexander Zverev had not played

Alexander Zverev had not played A five-set match in two previous visits to Roland Garros. On Sunday Charles Leno Womens Jersey he completed his third in five days, guided by his Russian-born father, to beat the talented young Muscovite Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in just under three and a half hours.To borrow from Fred Trueman, if the 21-year-old Zverev does win this French Open “he’ll be bloody tired”, although he gave no indication he was about to collapse in a heap on Court Suzanne Lenglen after breaking down the resistance of the 22‑year‑old Khachanov, the world No 38. Limited Cameron Brate Youth Olive Nike Jersey - #84 NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Salute to Service The two youngest players left in the draw needed all the energy of youth on a hot, still day. Zverev, seeded second here in Roger Federer’s absence, will take 11 hours and 46 minutes of muscle-sapping baggage into the quarter-finals against the bustling Austrian Dominic Thiem, who stopped him in the third round two years ago.That might not be long by the standards Demaryius Thomas Authentic Jersey of the past decade but, cumulatively, it is a significant workload, and one Zverev says he is still getting used to, although he bridles at suggestions he lacks staying power over five sets – and he now has a respectable 6-6 record. Nike Women's Andrew Whitworth Elite Royal Blue Alternate Jersey - Los Angeles Rams NFL #77 Asked if he thought Khachanov was flagging at the end, he said: “At the beginning of the fourth I thought ‘OK I can turn this match around’, especially when I saved a few break points. He’s a very fit player, so I don’t think it’s that easy to make him tired. Obviously playing five sets, anyone would get tired a little bit.” He added: “I know who I am. It’s not about learning any more. It’s about trying to find a way and trying to win. That’s what I am able to do in the last few matches, and I’m very happy about that. I’m very happy about being in the quarter-finals here, going the hard way, going the distance every single time and showing myself, showing everybody, that I can play for as long as I need to. If you’re mentally fatigued then something is wrong with you. Physically, it’s not easy to play back‑to‑back‑to‑back five-set matches – but I will manage it somehow.” Thiem, who outlasted a weary Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4, is one of the busiest and quickest players on clay. There will be no rest for Zverev when they return on Tuesday.“That’s the match-up most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw,” Thiem said. “We just played Hanley Ramirez Authentic Jersey in Madrid [where Zverev won in the final]. He’s an amazing player – probably now the third-best after Rafa [Nadal] and Roger.” He did not expect stamina to be a problem for Zverev. “He has an amazing team [including Andy Murray’s former conditioner, Jez Green]. He’s super fit.”For Zverev to become the first from his country to Brandon McCarthy Womens Jersey win the title since Henner Henkel beat Bunny Austin in 1937, he has to win three more matches. The most daunting challenge will be in the final, barring calamity, against the greatest player in history on clay, the 10-times champion Nadal. To eliminate the Spaniard from the equation, Zverev’s countryman Maximilian Marterer will have to pull off the upset of the tournament, year, decade and millennium on Monday – and then all bets are off. The 22-year-old left-hander from Nuremberg, ranked 70 in the world, can only hope Nadal stubs his toe on the morning of the match.In the top half of that side of the draw, Novak Djokovic served his way through some scrappy moments to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win against the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, whose blistered feat in the second set can hardly have added to the experience over two hours and 25 minutes on Chatrier. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

The clay of Roland Garros is supposed

The clay of Roland Garros is supposed To be mysterious, an ochre deathbed for the innocent and the ill-prepared. However, at least two players at this French Open have surprisingly divergent views on it.Naomi Osaka, one of the sport’s unusual thinkers, says it is not clay at all – “not clay-clay” anyway, as she put it after bundling Zarina Dyas out in the second round on Wednesday. Men's Replica Majestic Stephen Strasburg Grey Road Jersey - #37 MLB Washington Nationals Cool Base Asked to explain, the 20-year-old Japanese star with the American twang said: “I just focus more on the tennis part rather than making up excuses of what the surface is and how my play style isn’t suited for it, David Johnson Authentic Jersey or whatever.”Her game was good enough to beat the world No 51, 6-4, 7-5. Seeded here for the first time, Osaka does not lack for confidence. Mitchell and Ness NFL Deion Sanders Black Jersey Men's Authentic: #21 San Francisco 49ers Throwback As for her dismissal of the dirt at her feet, Rafael Nadal disagrees. The Spaniard, who has a degree in clay, surprised everyone when he said of his favourite killing ground: “The court is more slippery than usual. I slid a lot when I started off or when I moved to another side. It was quite complicated.“There are many more grey zones or white zones than other years, because there are little pebbles underneath. That’s [because] you don’t have the proper grip on the court.” So, still a mystery, then.Johanna Konta, who insisted she had no fear of the Parisian clay after a fourth quick singles exit here, blew a 4-2 lead in the third set of her doubles match alongside Alison Riske, as Annabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in two hours and 22 minutes.Konta’s first-round conqueror, Yulia Putintseva, went through by defeating the American Jennifer Brady, 6-4, 6-3. Next up for her is Barbora Strycova, who got past Ekaterina Makarova in two sets. Petra Kvitova, who was a game away from going home in her first-round match against the unseeded Verónica Cepede Royg, seems to Aldrick Rosas Jersey be her old self again. The eighth seed defeated Lara Arruabarrena 6-0, 6-4 in 68 minutes. She is in the half of the draw that has already lost the defending champion Jelena Ostapenko and Venus Williams. Anett Kontaveit, who looked good in defeating the Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru, 7-5, 6-2, should provide another stiff test.Heather Watson, who is still in singles, won her doubles match with Tatjana Maria against the French pair Manon Arcangioli and Shérazad Reix, 6-4, 6-4. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it Willie McCovey Womens Jersey might well be your perspective, too.I appreciate there not being a paywall: it is more democratic for the media to be available for all and not a commodity to be purchased by a few. I’m happy to make a contribution so others with less means still have access to information. we have a Starling Marte Jersey small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china

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Keaton Jennings will step back into What he calls the “ruthless environment” of international cricket after being recalled to the England team for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Montae Nicholson Authentic Jersey Friday, at the expense of his close friend Mark Stoneman. England’s response to the nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s is a role reversal from last summer when Stoneman was parachuted in as an opener and Jennings made way, having struggled at home against South Africa after his 112 on debut against India the previous winter. Women's Montreal Canadiens #39 Charlie Lindgren Adidas Green Authentic Salute To Service NHL Jersey Jennings, 25, has since made the switch from Durham to Lancashire and started the summer brightly with his new side, registering two Division One centuries, against Somerset and Nottinghamshire, and then another against the latter in the One-Day Cup. “I was surprised to get the call but I’m really, really happy,” Jennings told the Guardian, shortly after news of his return was confirmed on Monday. “Test cricket is a ruthless environment, with extreme highs and lows. You do a lot of soul searching but to move to Lancashire, be made to feel welcome and have an impact has been special.“There have been technical things I have worked on, like better rhythm with my hands and transferring my weight, but one of the biggest things is confidence. Last summer was tough. Every fault was massively highlighted. But hopefully it will be a bit different this time.” Jennings is the first among the procession of Alastair Cook’s opening partners in recent times to get a second crack at the role without filling in for an injured player but, going on the performance of Pakistan’s bowlers in the first Test, he faces a stern examination of this renewed confidence and technique at Headingley. Mohammad Abbas, who claimed eight wickets at Lord’s for the man of the match award, will offer a similar challenge to that of Jennings’s nemesis, Vernon Philander, last year, bowling from tight on the stumps and Travis Shaw Youth jersey offering a bat’s width of movement by standing the seam up to attention.If Jennings was surprised at the recall, then so too, perhaps, was Trevor Bayliss. Just before the head coach sat down with Joe Root and the national selector, Ed Smith, after the Lord’s defeat, he went on record playing down the chance of a switch given the tight turnaround between Tests. Though he gave a nod to two openers “getting close” – Nick Gubbins of Middlesex the other – the message was that batsmen need to make their case beyond doubt, “not just averaging 40 and being the best of the rest”. Jennings has made 314 at 44.58 this season.But Stoneman may have needed removing from the firing line. He went to Lord’s bereft of form with Surrey and returned scores of four and nine. Though his second-innings dismissal came when the leg-spinner Shadab Khan got one to shoot through at shin height from out of the foot holes, there was little sense of permanence before. The 30-year-old showed courage under fire during the Ashes, not least when peppered in the first innings at Perth, but was vulnerable after averaging 27 from 11 Tests – with none of his five half-centuries going north of 60 – and struggling a touch in the field.Jennings, who previously played with Stoneman at Durham, said: “I am still close mates with Rock and I feel for him. I have been Haason Reddick Womens Jersey where he is right now and it’s a pretty low point. But regardless of what happens, we are human beings and will remain close friends.” England’s second visitors this summer, Australia, have suffered a setback to their already thin squad with Josh Hazlewood’s withdrawal from June’s five-match one-day series with a back problem before the team’s departure.The 27-year-old joins Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, his fellow Ashes‑winning seamers, on the injured list, while Steve Smith and David Warner are, of course, suspended for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa in March.

Finally 109 years after the Gazzetta

Finally 109 years after the Gazzetta Dello Sport decided to hold a bike race across Italy to boost sales, Britain has its first Giro d’Italia winner. And while this was Chris Froome’s sixth grand tour title, following four victories at the Tour de France and another at Terrell Brandon Authentic Jersey the Vuelta a España, this was surely the sweetest. Limited Brandon LaFell Youth Olive/USA Flag Nike Jersey - #11 NFL Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Salute to Service Not everyone felt Froome should be racing given his ongoing legal battle to clear his name after twice the permitted levels of salbutamol were found in his system at the Vuelta. He also crashed before the first stage and struggled for much of the opening fortnight. And even as late as Friday morning he was in fourth place, 3min 22sec behind. Yet somehow he found a way. Again. In claiming the maglia rosa, Froome also became the first cyclist in 35 years to hold all three grand tour titles – the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro – at the same time, joining Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx, the Badger and the Cannibal, in a super-exclusive club.“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” Froome said. “I am sure it will over the next few days when I have time to reflect. It is a dream to have all three leaders’ jerseys in the space of 10 months. I am still pinching myself. I can’t believe I am here.” After a wild and thrillingly unpredictable three weeks of racing, the race on Sunday was more of a procession, the grunt and the grind having been applied in the Italian Alps. Having stretched his lead over his nearest rival, Tom Dumoulin, to 46sec on Saturday, Froome’s task was simple: to navigate Rome’s roads without incurring a serious injury. That was not quite as straightforward as he would have hoped given the cobbles and treacherous potholes along the 11.5km circuit. But after a pow-wow with Froome, Dumoulin and the race organisers it was agreed the stage was neutralised after three laps. That meant that all general classification positions would remain the same, regardless Ken Crawley Authentic Jersey of what happened thereafter, providing a rider finished the stage. Froome, understandably, was content to coast home as the Irishman Sam Bennett took the win in a thrilling bunch sprint ahead of Elia Viviani. Eventually Froome trundled over the line, 17 minutes back, having joyously wended his way past the monuments of ancient Rome. As he crossed the line he joined hands with his six team-mates, before being led to the podium to be dressed in pink. “It was great to be able to soak up the atmosphere in Rome and all the monuments and crowds,” he said. “I have always been a little bit afraid of coming here and really targeting it because of the demands of the Giro. It is just so different to any other race. So to be in this position, and to have won, I can’t quite believe it.” Even Froome did not think he had a chance going into the 19th stage on Friday. Only deep into an 80km breakaway, when he had established a three-minute lead to become virtual race leader, had his thoughts turned to the maglia rosa. “I felt it was game on,” he said. “It spurred me on.”It was, depending on your view, either one of the greatest solo rides in history or something less edifying. For some observers the sensation was not unlike being on a rollercoaster: thrilling and queasy at the same time.Froome, though, remains emphatic that he has done nothing wrong and when comparisons with Floyd Landis’s breakaway to Morzine in the 2006 Tour de France were brought up, he responded. “I can understand the parallels of comparisons DeAndre Jordan Authentic Jersey being drawn by some people. But my conscience is clear. I have every confidence it will stand.” cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china

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Since the 2018 Giro d’Italia route

Since the 2018 Giro d’Italia route Was announced last November, one day has loomed large: Tuesday 22 May, date of the 34.2km time trial from Trento to Rovereto. With the race delicately poised after a series of mountain-top battles between Lancashire’s Simon Yates and last year’s winner Tom Dumoulin, those expectations look set to be fully justified. Women's John Havlicek Swingman Gray Nike Jersey: NBA Boston Celtics #17 City Edition There is an exquisite irony in the focus on a single time trial during a Giro packed with legendary and fearsome ascents: Etna, Gran Sasso, Monte Zoncolan, the Colle delle Finestre and Monte Jafferau. But this time trial always suggested a scenario for the 2018 race which has a simplicity about it which is both brutal and beautiful: Dumoulin will gain time here in spades, so it is up to his rivals to gain it elsewhere. So it has proved, with Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team making no bones about their mission to chip away at Dumoulin day by day, helped by the fact that the race organisers Patrick Peterson Youth jersey offer time bonuses of 10 seconds per stage win. Overall victory in Rome on Saturday could be decided by those bonuses, meaning in theory that Dumoulin could cover the 3,000km route in a faster overall time than Yates, yet still lose. Until Sunday’s stage to the Sappada ski resort, it looked as if Dumoulin might keep Yates on a sufficiently short leash for him to be confident that he could relieve the Briton of the pink leader’s jersey on Tuesday, with a margin to defend in the final days.The Mitchelton leader makes no bones of his relatively poor time trialling; in 2017, for example, the loss of 40 seconds in 18km to the Australian Richie Porte cost him overall victory in the Tour de Romandie. Yates’s stage win at Sappada changed the equation, however, as it enabled him to extend his lead to 2min 11sec. For one thing, that is a tougher target for Dumoulin. For another, the ease with which Yates sprang away from the Dutchman suggests that over the repeated mountain climbs that close Friday and Saturday’s stages, he will have ample opportunity to either regain the jersey if it is lost, or to reinforce whatever margin he might retain on Tuesday night. Dumoulin appears to accept this. “He’s in such great shape maybe he can also do a really, really good time trial,” he said when asked on Sunday about Yates’s chances. “We just have to see. I will give everything on Tuesday and then I will see. But even if I have an excellent time trial and he doesn’t, and even if I take the lead, he’s just riding away from us whenever he wants [in the mountains] so it’s going to be very difficult. I’ll probably not win this Giro d’Italia, but I hope I can keep fighting until Rome and we’ll see what it gives.” Elsewhere in the overall picture, Chris Froome can expect to reverse his losses of Sunday and move back towards a podium position, James Hurst Youth jersey but the climbing form Domenico Pozzovivo and Thibaut Pinot have shown suggests that they rather than the Team Sky leader will be pushing for third place, assuming that Dumoulin and Yates carry their battle for the overall title all the way to Rome. For Tuesday, however, the focus is on a classic battle: an explosive climber in Yates versus the thoroughbred time triallist Dumoulin. The two riders’ relative strengths are easy to measure given the 2017 Giro winner’s time-trial pedigree, and the fact the course favours his powerful style, but what is impossible to gauge is the extent to which the two men will have recovered from their efforts over the weekend, as Yates implied when he said: “I’m also very tired so maybe I won’t be as best as I can be. I’m not very good anyway.” cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china