Im­pey in 7th heaven as he keeps yel­low

Sa­gan wins, Daryl re­tains lead

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SLO­VAKIAN Peter Sa­gan dom­i­nated a bunch sprint to win the sev­enth stage of the Tour de France yes­ter­day as South African Daryl Im­pey de­fended the race leader’s yel­low jersey.

Sa­gan, last year’s win­ner of the green jersey points com­pe­ti­tion, surged in the fi­nal 150 me­tres of the 205.5km stage from Mont­pel­lier to Albi to claim his first win of the 100th edi­tion.

Ger­many’s John De­genkolb ( Ar­gos) and Ital­ian Daniele Ben­nati (Saxo) fin­ished a bike length be­hind in sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

It ends a frus­trat­ing first week for Sa­gan, who has nar­rowly missed out on sprint wins on four oc­ca­sions.

“The team did an in­cred­i­ble job and I want to thank them,” said Sa­gan. “I hope to­day’s win gives an an­swer to all the fans who had crit­i­cised me and the team. Now the pres­sure is off.”

A day be­fore the first of two con­sec­u­tive stages in the Pyre­nees, a com­bi­na­tion of climbs and pace in the pelo­ton proved too much for sprint­ers Mark Cavendish and An­dre Greipel.

Both were dropped in suc­ces­sion on the sec­ond of the day’s four small climbs, and when the news fil­tered through to Sa­gan he put his troops on the front of the bunch and or­dered them to hit full gas.

It left Cavendish and Greipel, who won stages five and six re­spec­tively, in an 84strong group which flirted with miss­ing the time cut-off limit.

The late ar­rivals crossed the fin­ish nearly 15 min­utes in ar­rears, but Cavendish was un­per­turbed.

“Over half the pelo­ton was dropped on that climb,” said the Manx­man. “It was dif­fi­cult. There’s still a lot of sprint stages, es­pe­cially the last stage on the Champs El­y­sees.”

Ger­man vet­eran Jens Voigt (Ra­dioShack) and French­man Blel Kadri (ALM) lit up the early stages with an at­tack in­side the first 20 km, the pair build­ing a lead of al­most seven min­utes on the pelo­ton over un­du­lat­ing ter­rain.

But as Sa­gan set his sights on the points from the in­ter­me­di­ate sprint, and other rid­ers came to the front to help the chase, the pair were even­tu­ally reeled in just af­ter the 114km mark.

Sa­gan took the 20 points by win­ning the sprint at 135km, but soon af­ter­wards Can­non­dale were put to work again.

Sit­ting only 33sec be­hind Im­pey over­all, Jan Bake­lants at­tacked in a bid to re­gain the yel­low jersey and was joined by Cyril Gau­tier and Juan Oroz.

For a spell it looked like Im­pey, with only Ori­caGreenEdge team­mate Michael Al­basini to help him, was in dan­ger of los­ing the lead.

But the South African main­tained his com­po­sure as Can­non­dale’s ef­forts helped close a gap that had never got above the 60-sec­ond mark.

Im­pey ad­mit­ted the sec­ond climb that had snared many sprint­ers had tested his re­solve: “There was a mo­ment that the pres­sure was on, but we han­dled it pretty well,” said the 28- year- old. “But I was happy to see the top of that climb, that’s for sure.”

The es­capees’ bid ended with just un­der 4km to race.

In the clos­ing kilo­me­tre Ar­gos, whose main sprinter Mar­cel Kit­tel was left trail­ing with Cavendish and Greipel, set up the lead-out train for De­genkolb.

But their tim­ing was flawed. De­genkolb pow­ered to the fin­ish but hit top speed well be­fore the line, leav­ing Sa­gan to surge past in tri­umph and re­in­force his grip on the sprint­ers’ top prize. – Sapa-AFP Di­a­mond League, Lau­sanne, Switzer­land Men’s 100m: 1 Tyson Gay (US) 9.79, 2 Asafa Pow­ell (Jam) 9.88, 3 Michael Rodgers (US) 9.96 200m: 1 Chu­randy Martina ( Ned) 20.01, 2 Ja­son Young (Jam) 20.20, 3 Jay­suma Saidy Ndure (Nor) 20.40 800m: 1 Mo­hammed Aman (Eth) 1:43.33, 2 Pierre-Am­broise Bosse (Fra) 1:44.11, 3 Marcin Le­wandowski (Pol) 1:44.31 5000m: 1 Ye­new Alamirew (Eth) 13:06.69, 2 Ha­gos Ge­brhi­wet (Eth) 13:07.11, 3 Muk­tar Edris (Eth) 13:08.23 110m hur­dles: 1 David Oliver (US) 13.03, 2 Ja­son Richard­son (US) 13.20, 3 Ryan Wil­son (US) 13.27, 6 Le­hann Fourie (SA) 13.43 400m hur­dles: 1 Javier Cul­son (Pur) 48.14, 2 Felix Sanchez (Dom) 48.58, 3 Ma­madou Kasse Hane (Sen) 48.72 High jump: 1 Bo­hdan Bon­darenko (Ukr) 2.41m, 2 Erik Ky­nard (US) 2.37, 3 Dusty Jonas (US) 2.30 Triple jump: 1 Pe­dro Pichardo (Cub) 17.58m, 2 Teddy Tamgho (Fra) 17.40, 3 Chris­tian Tay­lor (US) 17.13 Pole vault: 1 Kon­stadínos Filip­pídis (Gre) 5.72m, 2 Raphael Holzdeppe (Ger) 5.62, 2 Au­gusto de Oliveira (Bra) 5.62 Shot put: 1 Ryan Whit­ing (US) 21.88m, 2 Reese Hoffa (US) 21.58, 3 Dy­lan Arm­strong (Can) 20.75 Javelin: 1 Kim Amb (Swe) 82.65m, 2 An­dreas Thork­ild­sen (Nor) 81.54, 3 Stu­art Far­quhar (NZ) 80.42 Women, 200m: 1 Mariya Rye­myen (Ukr) 22.61, 2 Lashauntea Moore (US) 22.67, 3 Kim­ber­lyn Dun­can (US) 22.73 400m: 1 Fran­cena McCorory (US) 50.36, 2 Aman­tle Montsho ( Bot) 50.37, 3 Nov­lene Wil­liams (Jam) 50.87 800m: 1 Nora Far­rag (Sui) 2:11.44, 2 Florence Per­gu­iron (Sui) 2:11.60, 3 San­dra Pool (Sui) 2:12.63 1500m: 1 Abeba Ari­gawi (Swe) 4:02.11, 2 Si­fan Has­san (Ned) 4:03.73, 3 Si­ham Hi­lali (Mar) 4:04.58 100m hur­dles: 1 Dawn Harper (US) 12.53, 2 Kel­lie Wells (US) 12.58, 3 Lolo Jones (US) 12.60 3000m steeple: 1 Hi­wot Ayalew (Eth) 9:17.66, 2 Sofia Assefa (Eth) 9:17.69, 3 Ete­nesh Diro (Eth) 9:24.40 Long jump: 1 Bless­ing Ak­ag­bare (Ngr) 6.98m, 2 Brit­tney Reese (US) 6.96, 3 Shara Proc­tor (Gbr) 6.92 Dis­cus: 1 San­dra Perkovic (Cro) 68.96m, 2 Yarelis Bar­rios (Cub 67.36, 3 Zi­naida Sen­driute (Ltu) 63.82 Worces­ter­shire v Aus­tralia, Worces­ter Tour match, New Road, Day 4 of 4 Aus­tralia 396-4 dec (S Wat­son 109, C Rogers 75, S Smith 68 no, M Clarke 62, E Cowan 58) and 344-5 dec (M Clarke 124, P Hughes 86) v Worces­ter­shire 284 (N Comp­ton 79, D Mitchell 65; J Bird 4-48) and 274-5 (T Fell 62 no, M Par­doe 57, D Mitchell 54)

Match drawn English county, Twenty20- South Group At Lord's: Es­sex 170/8 v Mid­dle­sex 174/3 (D Malan 86, J Denly 52no)

Mid­dle­sex beat Es­sex by 7 wick­ets Tour De France, 205km from Mont­pel­lier to Albi Stage 7: 1 Peter Sa­gan (Svk/Can­non­dale) 4:54:12”, 2 John De­genkolb (Ger/Ar­gos) ST, 3 Daniele Ben­nati (Ita/Saxo-Tinkoff), 4 Da­vide Ci­mo­lai (Ita/Lam­pre), 5 Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen ( Nor/ Team Sky), 6 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita/As­tana), 7 Tony Gal­lopin (Fra/Ra­dioShack), 8 Arthur Vi­chot (Fra/FDJ.fr), 9 Manuele Mori (Ita/Lam­pre), 10 Syl­vain Cha­vanel (Fra/Omega Pharma- Quick- Step), 11 Ra­mu­nas Navar­dauskas ( Lit/ Garmin), 12 Daryl Im­pey ( SA/ Orica), 13 Juan An­to­nio Flecha ( Spa/ Va­can­soleil), 14 Alexis Vuiller­moz (Fra/So­ja­sun), 15 Si­mon Ger­rans (Aus/Orica), 16 Bram Tankink (Ned/Belkin), 17 Philippe Gil­bert (Bel/BMC Rac­ing), 18 Wout Poels (Ned/Va­can­soleil), 19 Da­vide Malacarne (Ita/Europ­car), 20 Christophe Ri­blon (Fra/AG2R) Over­all: 1 Daryl Im­pey ( SA/ Orica) 27:12:29”, 2 Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen (Nor/Team Sky) +3”, 3 Si­mon Ger­rans (Aus/Orica) +5”, 4 Michael Al­basini ( Sui/ Orica), 5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Omega Pharma- Quick-Step) +6”, 6 Syl­vain Cha­vanel (Fra/Omega Phar­maQuick-Step), 7 Chris Froome (Brit/Team Sky) +8”, 8 Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky), 9 Ni­co­las Roche ( Irl/ Saxo- Tinkoff) + 14”, 10 Ro­man Kreuziger (Cze/Saxo-Tinkoff) French Open, Ver­sailles Sec­ond round (par 71) 136 Fabrizio Zan­otti (Par) 68 68 137 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 68 69; Richard Sterne (RSA) 68 69; Soren Kjeld­sen (Den) 69 68 138 Stephen Gal­lacher (GB) 68 70; Graeme Storm (GB) 70 68; Graeme McDow­ell (GB) 69 69; Si­mon Dyson (GB) 70 68 139 Scott Jamieson (GB) 69 70; Richard Green (Aus) 69 70; Ed­uardo De La Riva (Esp) 72 67 140 Ale­jan­dro Canizares (Esp) 71 69; Jamie Don­ald­son (GB) 70 70; David How­ell (GB) 69 71; Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 68 72; Richie Ram­say (GB) 69 71 141 Matthew Nixon (GB) 68 73; Gareth Shaw (GB) 72 69; Bernd Wies­berger (Aus) 70 71; Marc War­ren (GB) 69 72; James Mor­ri­son (GB) 69 72; Lee Slat­tery (GB) 71 70; Chris Doak (GB) 71 70; Kristof- fer Broberg (Swe) 72 69; Scott Henry (GB) 73 68 142 Gre­gory Bourdy (Fra) 69 73; Joost Luiten (Ned) 71 71; Morten Mad­sen (Den) 71 71; Soren Hansen (Den) 75 67; Thomas Pi­eters (Bel) 70 72; Hen­nie Otto (RSA) 71 71; Damien McGrane (Ire) 70 72; Mat­teo Manassero (Ita) 73 69; Robert-Jan Derk­sen (Ned) 72 70; Rafael Cabr­era-Bello (Esp) 70 72; Ro­main Wat­tel (Fra) 67 75 143 S.S.P. Chowra­sia (Ind) 76 67; Vic­tor Dubuis­son (Fra) 68 75; Chris Lloyd (GB) 70 73; Michael Hoey (GB) 69 74; Ross Fisher (GB) 70 73; Jorge Campillo (Esp) 74 69; Seve Ben­son (GB) 71 72 144 Es­tanis­lao Goya (Arg) 68 76; Martin Kaymer (Ger) 68 76; John Parry (GB) 74 70; David Drys­dale (GB) 70 74; Si­mon Khan (GB) 71 73; Gareth May­bin (GB) 71 73; Ian Poul­ter (GB) 73 71; Luke Don­ald (GB) 71 73; An­ders Hansen (Den) 66 78 145 Mikael Lund­berg (Swe­den) 71 74; Frasco Moli­nari (Ita) 71 74; Ig­na­cio Gar­rido (Esp) 75 70; Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 70 75; Miguel An­gel Jimenez (Esp) 69 76; An­thony Snobeck (Fra) 76 69; Thomas Aiken (RSA) 71 74; Alexan­der Levy (Fra) 69 76; Alan Dun­bar (GB) 70 75; Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 73 72; Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 76 69; Richard Finch (GB) 75 70; Gonzalo Fer­nan­dez-Cas­tano (Esp) 74 71 Cut at 146. Also: 147 Garth Mul­roy (RSA) 70 77 148 Dar­ren Fichardt (RSA) 78 70 149 Bran­don Stone (RSA) 72 77 150 Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 70 80 155 Keith Horne (RSA) 79 76; Justin Wal­ters (RSA) 72 83 156 Jbe Kruger (RSA) 75 82 Sun City Clas­sic, Jo­han­nes­burg Fi­nal round (SA un­less spec­i­fied) 207 – Adil­son Da Silva (Bra) 67 70 70 208 – Jared Harvey 68 73 67 212 – Mer­rick Brem­ner 70 71 71, Vaughn Groe­newald 68 71 73 213 – Ruan de Smidt 71 72 70, An­drew Curlewis 73 69 71 214 – Jean Hugo 71 70 73 215 – Alex Haindl 69 74 72, Grant Muller 72 70 73 216 – Mark Mur­less 73 69 74, Ryan Tip­ping 67 73 76, Jake Roos 66 74 76 F1 Ger­man Grand Prix, Nuer­bur­gring Prac­tice 2: 1 Se­bas­tian Vet­tel (Ger) Red­Bull- Re­nault 1:30.416, 2 Nico Ros­berg (Ger) Mercedes 1:30.651, 3 Mark Web­ber (Aus) Red­Bull-Re­nault 1:30.683, 4 Ro­main Gros­jean (Fra) Lo­tus-Re­nault 1:30.843, 5 Kimi Raikko­nen (Fin) Lo­tus-Re­nault 1:30.848, 6 Fer­nando Alonso (Spa) Fer­rari 1:31.056, 7 Felipe Massa (Bra) Fer­rari 1:31.059, 8 Lewis Hamil­ton (Brit) Mercedes 1:31.304, 9 Jen­son But­ton (Brit) McLaren 1:31.568, 10 Paul Di Resta (Brit) Force In­dia-Mercedes 1:31.797, 11 Adrian Su­til (Ger) Force In­dia-Mercedes 1:31.824, 12 Daniel Ric­cia­rdo (Aus) Toro Rosso-Fer­rari 1:31.855, 13 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Toro Rosso-Fer­rari 1:32.055, 14 Ser­gio Perez (Mex) McLaren 1:32.086, 15 Nico Huelken­berg (Ger) Sauber-Fer­rari 1:32.495, 16 Este­ban Gu­tier­rez (Mex) Sauber-Fer­rari 1:32.762, 17 Valt­teri Bot­tas (Fin) Wil­liams- Re­nault 1:32.879, 18 Pas­tor Mal­don­ado (Ven) Wil­liams-Re­nault 1:32.880, 19 Charles Pic (Fra) Cater­ham-Re­nault 1:33.695, 20 Giedo van der Garde (Ned) Cater­ham-Re­nault 1:33.804, 21 Jules Bianchi (Fra) Marus­sia-Cos­worth 1:34.017, 22 Max Chilton (Brit) Marus­sia-Cos­worth 1:34.667 Su­per Rugby Cru­saders . . . (19) 45 Chiefs . . . . . . . . . (8) 15 Cru­saders: Tries: Kieran Read (2), Is­rael Dagg, Ryan Crotty, Tyler Bleyen­daal. Con­ver­sions: Dan Carter (3). Penal­ties: Carter (4). Chiefs: Tries: Asaeli Tikoiro­tuma, Char­lie Ngatai. Con­ver­sion: An­drew Hor­rell. Penalty: Aaron Cru­den.

PWDL Con­fer­ence lead­ers Chiefs 15 11 Bulls 14 11 Brumbies 15 10 Play-off places Cru­saders 15 10 Reds 15 9 Chee­tahs 15 9 The rest Waratahs 15 Blues 14 Sharks 14 Storm­ers 14 Hur­ri­canes 14 Rebels 15 Force 15 Kings 14 High­landers 14 8 6 7 7 6 4 3 3 2

FA BP P 0 4 432 348 9 61 0 3 415 281 7 59 2 3 415 274 7 59 0 5 421 290 8 56 2 4 307 284 6 54 0 6 348 345 6 46 0 7 399 357 4 44 0 8 318 304 12 44 0 7 307 272 6 42 0 7 292 267 6 42 0 8 325 383 7 39 0 11 344 478 8 32 1 11 246 351 5 27 1 10 273 482 2 24 0 12 288 414 6 22 All Eng­land Cham­pi­onship, Wim­ble­don Men’s semi-fi­nals: * 1 No­vak Djokovic (Srb) bt *8 Juan Martín Del Potro (Arg) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 Women's dou­bles semi-fi­nals: *12 Ashleigh Barty/Casey Del­lac­qua (Aus) bt *7 Anna-Lena Groene­feld (Ger)/Kveta Peschke (Cze) 7-6(6) 62; *8 Hsieh Su-Wei/Shuai Peng (Tpe/Chn) bt Shuko Aoyama/ Chanelle Scheep­ers (Jap/RSA) 6-4, 6-3 Mixed Dou­bles, semi- fi­nals: * 1 Bruno Soares/Lisa Ray­mond (Bra/US) bt Jean-Julien Ro­jer/Vera Du­shev­ina (Ned/Rus) 6-4 6-4; *8 Daniel Nestor/Kristina Mlade­n­ovic (Can/Fra) bt *3 Ne­nad Zi­mon­jic/Kata­rina Sre­bot­nik (Srb/Slv) 6-2 6-7(4) 11-9

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MEL­LOW YEL­LOW: Daryl Im­pey of South Africa cel­e­brates on the podium af­ter re­tain­ing the leader’s jersey at the Tour de France yes­ter­day.

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