Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cycling: Swift Olympic bid hangs in balance

Great Britain's Ben Swift has suffered a major setback to his Olympic hopes after sustaining a fractured right shoulder in a crash during a training ride.

The injury, which has forced the Team Sky rider to pull out of the upcoming Giro d'Italia, could leave the 24-year-old facing an uphill task to prove his fitness ahead of this summer's Games.

A Team Sky statement read: "Team Sky's Ben Swift has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia after sustaining a fractured right shoulder whilst on a training ride. Ben will now concentrate on making a full recovery. Jeremy Hunt will be added to the Team Sky squad."

Tennis

Former US Open champion Juan del Potro cruised into the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open with a 6-1 6-0 win over Rui Machado of Portugal yesterday.

The top-seeded Argentinian, who won at Flushing Meadow in 2009, looked to be only troubled in the third game of the first set when he saved two break points. Del Potro collected his first title of the season in February when he won the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

He will meet 2009 and 2010 champion Albert Montanes of Spain, who came from behind to overcome Bobby Reynolds of the United States 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Motorsport

Ferrari hope to be much closer to their Formula One rivals at next week's Spanish Grand Prix after making progress in testing at the Mugello track in Italy, Fernando Alonso said yesterday.

The Italian team have struggled with their new car in the first four races of the season, despite Alonso's victory against the odds in a wet Malaysia in March, but tried a new aerodynamic package this week.

"I cannot say if today at Mugello we can claim to have made up some ground, but in Barcelona, we will have more important updates and we hope that there, we can begin to close down the gap that separates us from the teams currently at the top," the Spaniard said.

Irish Independent

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