Froome meets doom

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Sports -

Chris Froome crashed in a chaotic fi­nale to the open­ing stage of the Tour de France as Fer­nando Gaviria ended in top spot.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion was squeezed out on a bend just over five kilo­me­tres from the end of the 201km stage to Fon­te­nay-le-Comte.

Colom­bian Gaviria held off world cham­pion Peter Sa­gan to be­come the first man to win his de­but stage of a Tour since Fabian Can­cel­lara in 2004 but it was an­other 51 sec­onds be­fore Froome crossed the line.

The four- t ime Tour win­ner came home in a group that in­cluded fel­low gen­eral classi f icat ion hope­fuls Adam Yates of Mitchel­ton-Scott and Richie Porte of BMC, who were also caught up in the chaos.

Scot­tish canoeing vet­er­ans David Florence and Fiona Pen­nie failed to de­liver as the two 35-year- olds bowed out in yes­ter­day’s semi-fi­nals at the slalom World Cup in Augs­burg, Bavaria.

A clip on gate 14 cost Florence a two-sec­ond time penalty and with it his place in yes­ter­day’s C1 fi­nal. He even­tu­ally fin­ished 15th.

Pen­nie was sixth in Krakow but the Crief f pad­dler was ham­pered by a lack of prac­tice time on a new-look course.

She strug­gled to qual­ify at the sec­ond at­tempt in Fri­day’s K1 kayak heats and in yes­ter­day’s semis she fin­ished 19th. Pen­nie said: “I went right past gate 11 and had to go back for it, tak­ing eight sec­onds or so.”

Scot­land’s fe­male crick­eters got their ICC World T20 global qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign off to the per­fect start yes­ter­day as they thumped Uganda by nine wick­ets in Hol­land.

Kathryn Bryce’s side will go into to­day’s sec­ond group match with Ire­land on a high af­ter their open­ing vic­tory in Am­stelveen.

The Ugan­dans could not deal with the Scots’ bowl­ing.

Sis­ters Sarah and Kathryn Bryce came to­gether and put on a 28-run part­ner­ship as the Saltires won with 13 overs and one ball left.

FROOME ma­jor crash

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