Germany’s Bauhaus claims Saudi Tour lead with third-stage win

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German Phil Bauhaus of Bahrain-McLaren crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Saudi Tour, from King Saud University to Al-Bujairi near Riyadh, on Thursday. Bauhaus sprinted away from the pack to win by several bike lengths. (AFP)
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Cyclists ride during the third stage of the Saudi Tour, from King Saud University to Al- Bujairi near Riyadh, on Feb. 6, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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The pack rides during the third stage of the Saudi Tour, from King Saud University to Al- Bujairi near Riyadh, on Feb. 6, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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The pack rides during the third stage of the Saudi Tour, from King Saud University to Al- Bujairi near Riyadh, on Feb. 6, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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Updated 07 February 2020

Germany’s Bauhaus claims Saudi Tour lead with third-stage win

  • Bauhaus now leads former pace-setter Rui Costa by three seconds in the overall standings with two stages remaining
  • Friday’s fourth stage is a hilly 137km run from Wadi Namar Park back to King Saud University

RIYADH: German Phil Bauhaus grabbed the overall lead of the Saudi Tour on Thursday with victory in a bunch sprint at the end of the third stage in Riyadh.
The 25-year-old was given an excellent lead-out by Bahrain-McLaren teammates Heinrich Haussler and Mark Cavendish before pipping Reinardt Janse van Rensburg on the line after the 119km ride from King Saud University to Al-Bujairi..
Bauhaus now leads former pace-setter Rui Costa by three seconds in the overall standings with two stages remaining.
Friday’s fourth stage is a hilly 137km run from Wadi Namar Park in Riyadh and King Saud University in Al-Muzahimiyah.

The final stage, on Saturday, will begin at Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University and cover 144 km before finishing at Al-Masmak Fort.

A total of 126 contestants in 18 international teams are competing in the 760-km, five-stage race. 

The race has been organized by the General Sport Authority, in coordination with the Saudi Cycling Federation, under the patronage of international sports cycling governing body Union Cycliste Internationale, as part of the Kingdom’s Quality of Life Program 2020.


Saudi Tour third-stage results on Thursday:
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 119km in 2hrs 48min 27sec,
2. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/NTT) s.t.,
3. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/TER) s.t.,
4. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (ESP/MOV) s.t.,
5. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) s.t.

Overall standings
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 11hrs 12min 56sec,
2. Rui Costa (POR/UAE) at 03sec,
3. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) 08sec,
4. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/TER) 12sec,
5. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 13sec


Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

Updated 10 April 2020

Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

STOCKHOLM: AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to training in Sweden with Hammarby, the club he part owns, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to lockdown Italy, has fueled speculation regarding his future.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic will choose against renewing his Milan deal which finishes at the end of the season.

The Swedish outfit’s president, Richard Von Yxkull, said the decision was in the hands of the attacker who played 116 times for his country before retiring from international duty in 2016.

“It’s about knowing how Zlatan sees his future and what he wants to do,” Von Yxkull told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Earlier in April the Spanish, Italian, French and Dutch league winner said he wanted to stay in the game after retiring.

“I want to learn something new about football, with a different angle. I will contribute from the sidelines, not on the pitch,” he told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Ibrahimovic’s last Milan appearance was the loss to Genoa on March 8.

All football in Italy has been suspended due to the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of nearly 18,000 people in the country.

Measures to fight the outbreak in Sweden are lighter which have allowed Ibrahimovic to train with Stockholm’s Hammarby, a side which he bought a 25-percent share in last November.

Ibrahimovic started his career with hometown club Malmo before trophy-laden spells with some of the world’s biggest outfits including Juventus, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Milan in January.