France’s Bouhanni takes Saudi Tour lead after penultimate stage

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France's rider Nacer Bouhanni gestures on the podium after winning the fourth stage during the fourth stage from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on February 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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The pack rides during the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on Feb. 7, 2020. (SPA)
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The pack rides during the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on February 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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The pack rides during the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on Feb. 7, 2020. (SPA)
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France's rider Nacer Bouhanni gestures on the podium after winning the fourth stage and keeping the first position a the general individual time of the Saudi Tour, during the fourth stage from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on February 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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France's rider Nacer Bouhanni crosses the finish line to win the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour, from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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France's rider Nacer Bouhanni crosses the finish line to win the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour, from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on February 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
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The pack rides during the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on Feb. 7, 2020. (SPA)
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Updated 08 February 2020

France’s Bouhanni takes Saudi Tour lead after penultimate stage

RIYADH: French cyclist Nacer Bouhanni took the overall lead in the Saudi Tour 2020 on Friday after winning the fourth and penultimate stage, posting an overall tally of 14hr 34min 49sec.

The Arkea-Samsic rider had finished in the top five in each of the first three stages and grabbed a two-second advantage in the general classification from Italian Niccolo Bonifazio.

Taking second place was Bohas Vale of team Bahrain-McLaren with an overall tally of 14:34:51, and in third place was Portuguese cyclist Rui Costa of the UAE Team Emirates, finishing at 14:34:54.

It was the 29-year-old Bouhanni’s first stage win since the sixth stage of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana.

“I needed this victory because otherwise you start to have doubts,” he said.

The fourth stage of the Saudi Tour 2020 had started from Wadi Namar Park to King Saud University in Al-Muzahmiyya governorate, with a distance of 137 kilometers.




France's rider Nacer Bouhanni on the podium with Saudi Tour officials after winning the fourth stage from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh on Feb. 7, 2020. (SPA)


“Today, my teammates did an incredible job. By being led out this way, the only thing I could do was win. Now let’s defend the (overall leader’s) jersey.”
The inaugural edition of the race finishes with a 144km ride on Saturday, starting from Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University and ending at the historic Masmak Palace in the heart of the capital, Riyadh.

Fourth stage results
1. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) 137km in 3hr 21min 55sec,
2. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA/TDE) same time,
3. Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ/AST) s.t.,
4. Damiano Cima (ITA/GAZ) s.t.,
5. Ivo Oliveira (POR/UAE) s.t.




The pack rides during the fourth stage of the Saudi Tour from Wadi Namar Park to Al Muzahimiyah King Saud University near Riyadh, on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat)


Overall standings
1. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) 14hr 34min 49sec,
2. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) at 02sec,
3. Rui Costa (POR/UAE) 0:05,
4. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/TER) 0:14,
5. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 0:15

(With AFP and SPA)

 


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.