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Wiggins given '09 Tour third

Cycling: Amid the wreckage of the Lance Armstrong scandal, Bradley Wiggins has been awarded third place in the 2009 Tour de France.

Wiggins, who won the 2012 Tour, placed a then British record-equalling fourth three years ago behind Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Armstrong.

Now, after the UCI stripped Armstrong of all results from August 1, 1998, ratifying a ruling by the United States Anti-doping Agency, Wiggins is a two-time Tour podium rider.

A UCI spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "In 2009 the placing of Mr Armstrong will be reallocated. Bradley Wiggins is the third-placed rider for the Tour de France, 2009."

Wiggins has also won the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2012.

The Briton beat Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Tom Boonen and Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez in a poll of cycling journalists.



English sweat on duo's knee scans

RUGBY UNION: Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley are to undergo scans on their respective knee injuries as England coach Stuart Lancaster waits to discover if they will miss any autumn Tests.

The Northampton duo picked up their injuries in Saturday's Premiership defeat against Saracens and are doubtful for at least England's opening engagement against Fiji a week on Saturday, which is followed by Tests against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Harlequins lock George Robson was added to the England squad as cover for Lawes, with London Irish hooker David Paice providing back-up for Hartley.

Results from the scans are expected this evening.



Djokovic to top world rankings

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to finish the year ranked number one in the world, the ATP have confirmed.

The Serbian lost top spot to Roger Federer when the 31-year-old won Wimbledon in the summer but will regain it after his rival opted not to defend the Paris Masters title this week.

The 25-year-old becomes the first player to finish consecutive years at number one since Federer held the spot between 2004 to 2007.

Djokovic has failed to emulate his stunning 2011 season, where he won 10 titles, including three grand slam crowns, but he has enjoyed another superb year.


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