Froome takes lead in Tour of Oman

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Updated 14 February 2013
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Froome takes lead in Tour of Oman

MUSCAT, Oman: Tour de France runner-up Christopher Froome took the overall lead in the Tour of Oman after finishing second in the fourth stage yesterday.
Froome, a Team Sky rider who was 13th overall after the third day, finished four seconds behind stage winner Oliver Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha who won the 143.5-kilometer ride from Samail to Jabal Al Akhdhar in 3 1/2 hours. Two Tour de France winners followed; Cadel Evans of BMC finished 22 seconds back in third while Alberto Contador of Team Saxo came in 27 seconds back in fourth.
With two stages remaining, Froome led Evans by 24 seconds for the overall lead with Contador a further second back.
The stage came down to a sprint up the imposing Jabal Al Akhdhar or Green Mountain.
Peter Sagan, who led for the past two stages, and Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins quickly dropped away. Contador then took off but was caught by teammate Jesus Hernandez, Vincenzo Nibali of Astana and Richie Porte of Sky with 4 1/2 kilometers (nearly three miles) to go. With three kilometers (two mile) left, eight men were at the front including Froome, Evans, Contador and Rodriguez with the Katusha rider taking off with a kilometer to go. He wasn’t caught.
“I knew very well about this climbing, because it’s my third year in the Tour of Oman,” Rodriguez said. “It’s really demanding, but I knew where to start my rush and this helped me a lot. Moreover, my teammates worked perfectly. They brought me in the first positions, in order climb at my best.” Froome said he was happy to take over the red leader’s jersey but said he still had plenty of work to do to win the title.

“To have guys of the caliber of Bradley Wiggins working for you, it was hard not to be in a good position going into the final climb today. It meant I still had the legs going into the last two kilometers (one mile),” Froome said. “There’s quite a challenging day ahead of us tomorrow but we’ve got a great team. With a 24-second lead it might be hard to hold on, but it’s a great position to be in and a good, promising sign for us this early in the year.”


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.