Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will both target the Tour de France for Team Sky in 2019, with young Colombian Egan Bernal set to lead the team at the Giro d'Italia. Froome will not defend his Giro title as he seeks a record-equalling fifth Tour crown, but Thomas also plans to be in France having won the race for the first time in July. Froome said: "I'm getting to the point in my career now where I'm starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders - only four other people have ever done that - it would just be incredible." Thomas added: "Maybe if I hadn't have won the Tour in 2018 I might have looked at a Giro/Vuelta programme but, having won the Tour, I'll have the number one on my back and it would be sad not to go back and not to go back at 100 per cent as well." Thomas won the Tour despite Froome starting the race as Team Sky's leader, with the Welshman … [Read more...] about Chris Froome to battle Geraint Thomas for Team Sky top rider at Tour de France after skipping Giro defence
Sport by Press Association January 1, 2019, 10:49 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Team Sky are set to go into what could be their final Tour de France with two leaders as four-time winner Chris Froome and defending champion Geraint Thomas both confirmed they will target the race in 2019. Froome will not defend his Giro d’Italia title as he seeks a record-equalling fifth Tour crown, but will face a challenge from within as Thomas also plans to be in France having won the race for the first time in July. Both riders have said they want to deliver success on the road in order to help Team Sky secure new sponsorship, with the decision of broadcaster Sky to end its investment in the sport after 2019 leaving the team with an uncertain future. Froome admitted it was a difficult decision not to defend his Giro crown after becoming the first British winner of the Italian race last May, but he has his eyes on … [Read more...] about Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas aiming for Tour de France success in 2019
By Laurence Frost and Michel RosePARIS (Reuters) - France's embattled president, Emmanuel Macron, vowed on Monday to press on with his reform agenda in 2019 despite a spate of "yellow vest" protests that have challenged his government and extended a plunge in his approval ratings.gi Promised overhauls of France's unemployment benefits, civil service and public pensions will be undertaken in the coming year, Macron said in his televised New Year message.Confounding some expectations of a more contrite message, Macron struck an unapologetic note as he urged voters to face up to economic realities underpinning recently enacted reforms of French labour rules, and others yet to come."In recent years, we've engaged in a blatant denial of reality," Macron said in the address, delivered - unusually - from a standing position in his Elysee Palace office. "We can't work less, earn more, cut taxes and increase spending."In a veiled attack on the far-left and hard-right groupings active on the … [Read more...] about France’s Macron pledges more reform medicine in ‘decisive’ 2019
Vietnam surpassed France’s record of 15 invincible games to hold the longest active unbeaten streak of 16, following a triumph against Malaysia that earned them their second AFF Championship in a decade on Saturday. The Golden Stars beat Malaysia 1-0 in the second leg of the final on their home turf in Hanoi, securing a 3-2 aggregate triumph to win the regional title, exactly ten years after their first trophy in 2008. With this victory, Vietnam extended their invincible run to 16 games, the longest active undefeated streak in world football so far. The Southeast Asian country also outperformed the former record-holder – 2018 FIFA World Cup champions France. The Blues went 15 matches unbeaten before losing 0-2 to the Netherlands in the penultimate round of League A, in the UEFA Nations League in mid-November. Vietnam’s unbeaten run stretches back to two years ago, when they drew Indonesia 2-2 in their return game at the 2016 AFF Championship semifinal in … [Read more...] about Sports Vietnam overtake France as holders of longest undefeated streak with 16-match run Look out, 2019!
Updated 7:19 am CST, Monday, December 31, 2018 Demonstrators wearing yellow vest hold photos of people they say are victims of police violence in recent weeks in France, in Biarritz, southwestern France, Sunday, Dec.30, 2018. Demonstrators wearing yellow vest hold photos of people they say are victims of police violence in recent weeks in France, in Biarritz, southwestern France, Sunday, Dec.30, 2018. Photo: Bob Edme, AP Photo: Bob Edme, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Demonstrators wearing yellow vest hold photos of people they say are victims of police violence in recent weeks in France, in Biarritz, southwestern France, Sunday, Dec.30, 2018. Demonstrators wearing yellow vest hold photos of people they say are victims of police violence in recent weeks in France, … [Read more...] about In France, protests planned amid New Year’s Eve celebrations