A call for safety. Sport this week.
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August 18-24, 2020

A call for safety

Cycling has always been a dangerous sport and it will remain intrinsically dangerous: racing on the roads and the mountains can never be perfectly safe. But there are certain road conditions that can be controlled in order to avoid heavy accidents, such as last weeks’ crash that left Fabio Jakobsen (NET) in coma. At least it should be expected that organizers do what is in their hands.

That is why the CPA riders association decided to protest (Cyclingnews) by neutralizing the early kilometers in stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné. This happened one day after Steven Kruijswijk (NET) and Emanuel Buchmann (GER) -Tour de France win candidates- crashed and were injured in separate accidents at Stage 4 which, the CPA argued, had poor surface conditions.

Primož Roglič (SLO), who led the Overall and Points Classification abandoned in that stage after suffering injuries. Egan Bernal (COL) had also abandoned before the stage for an non-accident related injury. All of this helped his compatriot Daniel Martínez (COL) win the race, while Wout Van Aert (BEL) took the points win.

The other recently successful Belgian, Remco Evenepoel (Jakobsen’s teammate, pictured) had an accident following a crash at Il Lombardia, where he fell off a bridge, resulting in a pelvis fracture and a bruised lung. The Deceuninck-Quickstep rider was transported back to Belgium (Deceuninck-Quickstep), and team manager Patrick Lefevere criticized UCI for the dangerous course (Insidethegames). In the same race, Max Schachmann (GER, Paris-Nice winner) was taken down by a car (Cycingweekly) and got injured. The race was won by Jakob Fuglsang (DEN, Astana)

“The CPA asks the UCI and all stakeholders of cycling to set up a round table to start the revision of the regulations to get a clear feedback in terms of prevention and sanctions towards the race organizers. The purpose of this is to protect the physical integrity of the riders and to allow them to carry out their work in greater safety,” the CPA said.

 

Five things to know from last week
  1. Golejada. Barcelona suffered their biggest loss margin at UEFA Champions League by being obliterated 2-8 by Bayern München (GER), which might mark the end of an era for the team. An ashamed Piqué said “I will be the first to step aside” if need be (As).  Lyon defeated Manchester City, RB Leipzig defeated Atlético Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain defeated Atalanta. Bayern’s Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, was surprised with their level head after the win (Goal)
  2. Blind goodbye. Daniel Comier (USA) announced his retirement following his loss in the third fight against Stipe Miocic (USA) who -replays show- poked his eye in the third round, meaning Comier could not see in the later part of the fight, he said (BusinesInsider). Comier has a torn cornea, the same problem Miocic endured in their second fight after Comier poked his eye (Essentiallysports).  Miocic retained his UFC Heavyweight title.  Watch the highlights (CBS Sports)
  3. Perfect Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton (ENG, Mercedes-Benz) extended his lead in the F1 Drivers’ Championship after running a seemingly perfect race at a very hot Spanish Grand Prix that demanded a lot from the tyres and made drivers go at a slower pace than usual. Hamilton finished ahead of Bottas (FIN, Mercedes-Benz) and Verstappen (NET, Red Bull). Hamilton was so in the zone that he didn’t notice the race had ended (RaceFans)
  4. No need to show up. Beitske Visser (NET) did not need to show up in the final race of the W Series, which was held virtually this year, in order to win the Championship. She missed the last round to fly to a real-car race, but Marta García (ESP) could not mathematically catch her even by winning, which she did twice in the Silverstone finale. The W Series CEO talks about 2021 (Formula Scout)
  5. Rogue KoreansLee Byeong Yeol (KOR), also known as “Rogue”, won the Global Starcraft League Season 2 by defeating Kim Stats Dae Yeob (KOR), who had beat him in the Group Stage. Only Korean players made it to the playoffs, which started with quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the War Chest Team League (also run on SC2) was won by “Benny and the Boys”, formed by an all-Korean team of Jun TY Tae Yang, Joo “Zest” Sung Wook,  Park “DongRaeGu” Soo Ho and Nam “Hurricane” Ki Woong. The other finalists, War Pigs, also included two Koreans, along a Finnish and a Mexican.  In League of Legends, LEC team Rogue might be scared after their sponsor, DJ Nicky Romero, visited them and tested positive for covid-19 (Dailyesports)
GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Gold: Ronnie O’Sullivan

(England, Billiards)

Ronnie won his sixth Snooker World Championship ,putting him tied second in the all-time list, and first in all-time ranking events won, with 37. It is not only about the benchmarks but the way he won: he started off by beating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) 10-1 in a record time of 108 minutes and in the final he beat Kyren Wilson (ENG) 18-8, the biggest margin in a final since his 2008 victory. The 44 year-old won his 20th Triple Crown title.

Watch an interview after his win (World Snooker Tour)

Silver: Jessica McCaskill 
(United States of America, Boxing)

McCaskill went against the odds and beat Cecilia Breakhus (NOR) on a Majority decision to win the Undisputed Female Welterweight title, with a total unification of the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF, IBO and The Ring World Titles. She also currently holds the WBA and WBC Super Lightweight titles. By winning, she frustrated Braekhus’ attempt to break Joe Louis’ record of 26 World title defenses. The fight was close but McCaskill was more active.

Watch the Fight Highlights

Bronze: Nico Müller

(Switzerland, Auto Racing)

The Swiss is dominating the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, arguably the top touring car series in the world. Müller won the first race at the Lausitzring to extend his streak to three race wins in three races. He had a great race the next day and finished second, behind René Rast (GER), who beat him in the tied-closest race finish in DTM history, by .089 seconds.

Watch the race 1 highlights (DTM)

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 

Week Preview

 

Marco Andretti (USA) will try to extend the legacy of his family by starting on pole position for the Indianapolis 500 race. His best result is his debut 2nd, in 2006. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) will try to make it two in a row at the Red Bull Ring after winning the Austrian MotoGP last Sunday. NASCAR Cup has a doubleheader in Dover, where Chase Elliott (USA) will try to repeat his win at Daytona.

UEFA Champions League will have its semifinals and final, while Sevilla and Inter Milan meet for the second-tier Europa League Final. The NBA and NHL have also started their playoff matches.

Gaiyyath will face Irish 2000 Guineas winner, Kameko, at York on Wednesday in the Juddmonte International (Group 1). O’Brien has selected Magical as his bid to try to take a record seventh International.

In a second straight big week for female boxing, Katie Taylor (IRL) will face Delfine Persoon (BEL) in a rematch of their huge fight as support fight for Anthony Joshua (ENG) vs Andy Ruiz (MEX) I. They will Co-Headline another WBC World Heavyweight (Interim, Diamond) Title, this time between Dillian Whyte (ENG) and Alexander Povetkin (RUS), in England,

Also in England, the LPGA will hold the British Ladies Open, a week after Stacy Lewis (USA) took the Scottish Open with a 4-way playoff untie. The PGA Playoffs start with the Northern Trust, in Massachusetts.

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) is surprising Magnus Carlsen (NOR) as they have a level 2-2 Final Series of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The Championship will be defined this week.

Association football:
UEFA Champions League Semifinals and Final

Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Season

Auto racing:
IndyCar (Indy 500)
NASCAR Cup (Dover x2), Trucks (Dover)
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Lausitz x2)
International GT Open (Paul Ricard x2)
Super GT (Suzuka)
FIA World Rallycross Championship (Sweden x2)
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Virginia)
British Touring Car Championship (Oulton Park x3)
World of Outlaws Sprintcars, Late Models (USA)

Baseball
Major League Baseball Regular Season
Nippon League
KBO

Basketball:
NBA Playoffs Quarterfinals
WNBA regular season

Boxing:
World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organisation World Female Light Titles: Katie Taylor (IRL) vs Delfine Persoon (BEL)
interim World Boxing Council, vacant World Boxing Council Diamond Heavy Titles: Dillian Whyte (ENG) vs Alexander Povetkin (RUS)

Chess:
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final: Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
FIDE Online Olympiad (Divisions 2, Top)

Cricket:
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship England v Pakistan (Series 3)

eSports:
League of Legends (LCK, LCD, LEC LPL Summer 2020)
eChampions League 2020
NBA 2K Playoffs
Call of Duty League Playoffs

Golf: 
PGA Tour (The Northern Trust, USA)
LPGA Tour (British Ladies Open, England)

Horse Racing: 
Darley Prix Morny – Darley Series Final, Darley Prix Jean Romanet (France)
New York Turf Writers Cup, Del Mar Oaks, TVG Pacific Classic, Fourstardave Handicap, Diana Stakes (USA)
International Stakes, Darley Yorkshire Oaks, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (England)
Macau Gold Cup (Macau)
Magyar Derby (Hungary)

Ice Hockey:
NHL Playoffs

Motorcycling:
FIM MotoGP World Championship, Moto2, Moto3 (Austria)

Simracing:
eNASCAR Heat Pro League Final
BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup

Tennis:
Western & Southern Open (USA)

   
 
SPORT’S BEST VALUES

Leadership: MS Dhoni

India’s most successful Cricket Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, announced his retirement from international competition and the ICC offered him a tribute. Dhoni is the biggest cricket figure in India and led them to win the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, among others. He might still play on the IPL (BBC). LiveMint pointed at five investment lessons to learn from him that refer to the way he played, including his coolness and composure, key leadership virtues.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Apparently I have good legs.”

Wout van Aert (BEL)
After winning Stage 1 of the Critérium de Dauphiné, preceded by winning the Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche

Cyclingnews.com

 
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