Friday 24 November 2017

Cycling: Boassen takes stage victory

Norwegian Edvald Boassen Hagen took victory on stage 3 of the Criterium du Dauphine in a mass bunch sprint into La Clayette yesterday as his Sky team captain Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey.

Boassen Hagen outsprinted Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma Quickstep), Borut Bozic (Astana) and the rest of the field to take victory after an earlier two-man breakaway containing Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) was brought to heel 15km out.

Wiggins will wear yellow in today's all-important 53.5km time trial from Villie-Morgon to Bourg-en-Bresse. Wiggins goes into the stage with a one-second lead over the Aussie with world time trial champion Tony Martin also a danger in fifth.

Ireland's Dan Martin (Garmin Barracuda) finished towards the rear of the peloton. He will be second man off in the time trial today as he is currently second last on GC.

SAILING

Conditions were good at Day 3 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth and the Irish Olympic sailors continued to shine across the different race courses in the 12-16 knot south westerly breeze.

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern had their third race win of the championship in the 49er class and now lie ninth.

Annalise Murphy also had a race win, finishing first in her second race of the day and is now seventh.

Peter O'Leary and David Burrows finished the day in third position in the Star fleet after a seventh and a fifth.

Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan were disqualified from their first race of the day, while Laser competitor James Espey finished 25th and 28th in his two races. He lies 52nd overall in the 95 boat fleet.

And in the Paralympic Sonar class, John Twomey, Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty lie 12th overall.

HOCKEY

Stand-in Irish women's coach Denis Pritchard made a losing start to his time in charge as his side went down 4-1 to mighty Australia yesterday in London.

Earning her 50th cap, 'keeper Emma Gray was beaten three times in the opening 20 minutes at the brand new Chiswick venue.

The Irish continued on the back foot and the damage was limited to one more score. It came from Casey Eastham shortly before UCD striker Chloe Watkins scored for Ireland.

The Irish girls now face the daunting prospect of playing the Netherlands today in their second game at this top class tournament.

Irish Independent

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