Cycling: Martin retains time trial crown
Tony Martin retained the rainbow jersey of world time trial champion when he recorded a time of 58 minutes and 38 seconds for the 45.7km race against the clock in Valkenburg yesterday, writes Gerard Cromwell.
While he managed to catch and pass Vuelta winner Alberto Contador, who had started two minutes ahead of him, Martin was under threat for most of the race from American Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the Olympic time trial in August.
"I'm totally happy," said the German. "I knew it would be tight to Taylor Phinney. There were only 10 seconds between us most of the time and the last kilometre was one of my longest ever. Even the last 200m were so long because we had a full headwind on the Cauberg. It was really hard but I am so happy."
Michael Hutchinson was the only Irish rider, finishing 46th, over five minutes behind Martin.
TWO second-half goals in the space of three minutes enabled Ireland complete their UEFA Women's Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over basement side Israel.
American-born striker Fiona O'Sullivan grabbed the opener on 65 minutes and Julie-Ann Russell added the second two minutes later.
The precision, decision-making and cohesion between backs and forwards was total as they hit Connacht for nine tries, with full-back Billy Dardis and lock Rory Moloney both striking for hat-tricks. It was perhaps apt that those two should be on the end of so much because, so often, they were also at the start.
Yet there is so much more to this team, with fly-half Ross Byrne successful for eight out of nine shots at goal, a bruising centre partnership between Harrison Brewer and Fergal Cleary and pace to burn on the outside, in behind a powerful front eight anchored by Nick Timoney.
Having lost the first frame, Trump was in first with 56 in the second but was unable to get over the line and Hawkins, the Goldfields Australian Open champion, cleared to the pink to take a 2-0 lead.
Hawkins also took the next before Trump finally got on the board and a break of 58 from the left-hander made it 3-2.
Trump moved in front with breaks of 63 and 77 before sealing victory with his fifth frame in a row.
Four-time world champion John Higgins also came from behind to seal an ultimately comfortable 5-2 win over Jamie Jones.
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