Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome takes red jersey as Vincenzo Nibali wins third stage

Vincenzo Nibali won the Vuelta in 2010
Vincenzo Nibali won the Vuelta in 2010

Britain's Chris Froome has taken the red jersey and leads the Vuelta a Espana, as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the third stage.

The four-time Tour de France champion finished third on the stage, with Spain's David de la Cruz in second.

The Team Sky rider is aiming to become the third man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year.

He holds a two-second advantage over De la Cruz, Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen, with Nibali 10 seconds back.

Froome made his move to lead with 7.8km of the stage remaining as the race entered Spain for the first time through the Pyrenees mountains, ending in Andorra.

Former winner and Bahrain-Merida rider Nibali, one of Froome's major rivals, attacked in the final 400m, but Froome had done enough to move up from ninth[1] to first in the general classicisation.

"It's been a long time since I had the red jersey, it feels amazing to put it back on," said Froome, 32.

"To be in this position is something I've thought about for a long time and I worked really hard after the Tour."

Despite three second-placed finishes at the Vuelta, it is the first time Froome has led the race since 2011.

He added:"It's only two seconds to the next group of riders.It's still really close.I don't expect to keep it until the end but I'm certainly going to fight for it."

Britain's Adam Yates is 39 seconds behind Froome, with his countryman and Orica-Scott team-mate Simon Yates 48 seconds off the pace.

Spain's Trek-Segafredo rider Alberto Contador, who is retiring from professional cycling after the race, dropped to 30th - more than three minutes behind Froome, while other pre-race favourites[2] Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet moved into the top 10.

Belgium's Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), who led after stage two, is in 147th place, 23 minutes and five seconds behind.

Tuesday's fourth stage is a 198.2km route which takes the riders from Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, through the Catalan region of north-east Spain to the Mediterranean coast at Tarragona.

More to follow.

Stage three result

1.Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) 4hrs 01mins 22secs

2.David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) Same time

3.Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

4.Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)

5.Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott)

6.Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team)

7.Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team)

8.Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team)

9.Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R La Mondiale)

10.Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +25secs

General classification

1.Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 8hrs 53mins 44secs

2.David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +2secs

3.Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team) Same time

4.Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team)

5.Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Bahrain-Merida)+10secs

6.Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +11secs

7.Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +38secs

8.Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott)+39secs

9.Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R La Mondiale) +43secs

10.Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +48secs

Selected others

11.Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +48secs

30.Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 10secs...


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Alleged doping cover-up: Athletics officials have life bans upheld by Cas

Papa Massata Diack in Dakar on February 8, 2015
Papa Massata Diack is a former consultant to the International Association of Athletics Federations

Three athletics officials have had their life bans over an alleged doping cover-up upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Papa Massata Diack, son of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack, and Russians Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov had their appeals dismissed.

They were charged in December 2015 with multiple breaches of anti-doping rules relating to Russia's Liliya Shobukhova.[1][2]

Cas are yet to publish the grounds for upholding the sanctions.

On Monday Cas said:"The panel concluded that on the evidence adduced, the charges were established beyond reasonable doubt and that the sanctions imposed should be upheld.

"The full award with grounds will be published as soon as possible."

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it "welcomed" the Cas ruling and IAAF president Lord Coe added:"The ruling sends a clear message that anyone who attempts to corrupt our sport will be brought to justice."

In a 170-page report, the independent IAAF ethics commission panel ruled Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov conspired to "blackmail" Shobukhova to cover up her doping violations by her paying them "bribes" of about £435,000.

Diack and Balakhnichev, a former president of the Russian athletics federation and IAAF treasurer, were fined £17,000 while Russian coach Melnikov was fined £10,000.

In December, Diack told the BBC[3] he "totally rejects" the blackmail allegations, saying:"There was no extortion of funds from any athlete."...


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Bus stop rape link investigated after Cromer disorder

Cadogan Road, CromerImage copyright Google Image caption The victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, close to Cromer seafront

A man has been arrested over the rape of a woman in Cromer, with police saying they are looking at links with disorder in the town on Saturday night.

The teenage victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, near the seafront, late on Friday.

On Saturday night, venues in the seaside town closed their doors due to thefts and anti-social behaviour.

Norfolk Police said a man in his 30s had been detained in Essex on suspicion of rape.

The force said new evidence meant it was exploring the possibility of links between the attack and disorder in Cromer over the weekend.

Police previously said they were not linking the rape and the later trouble in the town.

Image caption Cromer Pier's Theatre Bar was one of the venues to shut its doors

On Saturday night, a BBC reporter was told by a taxi driver that "travellers are rampaging the town", and staff at The Wellington pub said they closed after a group of 30 travellers became "rowdy".

The disorder, described by police as "low level", was linked by residents on social media to travellers who had arrived in the town on Friday.

Image caption Cromer's Chamber of Trade and Business said companies lost "thousands of pounds of trade"

Norfolk Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said earlier on Monday that officers were treating the weekend's disorder "seriously".

He did not comment on who he thought was to blame for the disturbances and thefts, but said it would be "totally disproportionate[1]" to blame the whole travelling community.

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said the council served a notice on Saturday for the travellers to leave.

Trouble in Cromer

18 August:

  • Police were called to five incidents of theft, three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for.
  • At about 23:30 BST, police were called to Cromer Social Club following reports a large group were there and refused to leave when asked.The group left when asked by police.

19 August:

  • Police received reports of shoplifting and "low-level" anti-social behaviour in the Cromer area.
  • At about 17:00, officers were called to a pub after a large group of people refused to leave.Officers arrived and the group left.
  • Officers were called at about 19:15 after reports people had taken drinks from a restaurant on Prince of Wales Road without paying.Police attended and drinks were either paid for or returned.
  • Shortly after 20:50 police were called to a private bar at a caravan park following reports a large group had entered and refused to leave when asked by the manager.Officers spoke to the group who then left.

Stallholders in Cromer told BBC Look East they felt intimidated as the travellers prowled the town looking for food and drink.

Ice cream seller Lee Sales said:"There may not be fights or anything like that but when it's intimidation creating fear - that's bad."

Image caption Laurie Scott said his manager was shaking like a leaf when confronting hungry travellers

Laurie Scott of Breakers Café said his manager was confronted on the doorstep by a crowd who wanted to get in and get food.

They were using foul language when entry was refused and the manager believed they had been drinking.

"He's a big, burly fellow like me and he faced them down but told me he was shaking like a leaf at the time.

"There's a lot of anger across the town that this was allowed to happen."

Image caption Ayrun Nessa suffered a panful bruise on her arm preventing a crowd of women getting into her restaurant

Ayrun Nessa, wife of the owner of the Masala Twist restaurant, said bottles were flying around and she was left with a painful bruise on her arm trying to prevent the crowd getting in.

She said she had been confronted at the door by six women shouting abuse.

"Cromer is normally a quiet and calm place with lovely people, but this was something else," she said.

Police said the travellers had left the county and were thought to be in Colchester, Peterborough and London....


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Lukas Podolski: Ex-Arsenal and Germany striker considers legal action over photo error

Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for Arsenal

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is considering legal action after a right-wing website printed a photo of him with an article about illegal immigration.

The ex-Germany international was pictured by Breitbart under the headline:"Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis".

The website has since amended the article[1] and apologised to Podolski.

But the World Cup winner, 32, has asked his lawyer to look into the case.

Breitbart updated the story with a new picture and said:"A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski.This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet ski.

"Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr Podolski," the editor's note read.

"There is no evidence Mr Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked.We wish Mr Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement."

Podolski, who now plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, made his final international appearance for Germany[2] in March against England, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

He left Arsenal in January 2015 to join Italian club Inter Milan on loan, before then moving to Galatasaray[3] in Turkey....


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Barcelona attack: Man shot dead in hunt for suspect

Police patrolling on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, 21 August 2017Image copyright Reuters

Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man in an area to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt.

The shooting is reported to have happened on a road in Subirats.

Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, suspected of driving a van into dozens of people on Las Ramblas.

Police have not confirmed if the dead man was Abouyaaqoub.

Media reports quoting police sources said the man targeted in Subirats shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") when confronted.

The operation took place some 25 miles (40km) from Barcelona, where Thursday's attack on Las Ramblas killed 13....

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