The Criterium de Dauphiné may be one of the last warm-ups for Chris Froome heading into the Tour de France but it was Sky Procycling team-mate Edvald Boassen Hagen that took the third stage in Tarare.
The Norwegian champion was led out by Sky in a large sprint finish, pipping Michael Matthews and Gianni Meersman to the line. Britons Froome, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh all arrived safely home in the peloton and lost no time to the leaders. The chasing pack is still huge, with 55 riders one minute and 57 seconds behind leader David Veilleux. Ian Stannard, however, is struggling to help Froome secure the yellow jersey and is currently 146th in the general classification.
Head coach Bobby Crutchley has been calling for more goals as his England men’s hockey team succumbed to a second straight loss to Belgium. The teams have been preparing for the World League Semi-Final in Antwerp and, despite a great start thanks to captain Barry Middleton, England fell to a 4-1 defeat. Afterwards, Crutchley admitted: “I thought we played really well in the second half, but Belgium are along way ahead of us in terms of their clinical play, and that’s really shown over these two fixtures.”
Middlesex kept up their pursuit of Somerset in the Yorkshire Bank 40, beating them by 4 wickets in the Group C game. Liverpool Ladies pulled three points clear in the Women’s Super League after four different scorers thrashed rivals Everton 4-1, but it was a goalless draw in the clash between Lincoln and Doncaster.
Finally, Jack Bateson and Charles Flynn joined Joe Joyce, Andrew Selby and Sam Maxwell into the quarter-finals of the European Boxing Championships. Unfortunately, British Lionhearts’ Aston Brown of Scotland failed to win his second match against Stefan Haertel from Germany, whilst Warren Baister and Gamal Yafai failed to progress past their opening bouts.