Edvald Boasson Hagen: Doubled up with his second success in Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen and Team Sky made no mistake on the final stage at the Tour of Norway to ride to a second consecutive victory.
The Norwegian was shepherded home with the full support of his team-mates in the race’s finale around Honefoss as late attacks fired off the front.
Things came back together for the day to end in a sprint and it was Alexander Kristoff who claimed his third stage win of the race, Boasson Hagen coming home third behind young star Sondre Holst Enger (Team Plussbank).
Boasson Hagen’s success mirrored that of 12 months earlier with a stage win on home ground in Lillehammer laying the foundations for overall success and also the capture of the points jersey.
Sergio Paulinho (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) joined Boasson Hagen in a late escape on Saturday and held on to finish the race in second, 31 seconds back on the yellow jersey while Enger’s final burst of speed elevated him to third overall, a further 14 back.
After climbing off the bike a happy Boasson Hagen said: “It’s really nice to take the win.
The team did an amazing job to control things the whole day and keep everything under control.
It’s really nice to have such a strong team and to finish off in the yellow jersey was the goal.
“Alex (Kristoff) is really strong and he did a good sprint.
I’m happy to have the yellow jersey.
I was a little bit blocked at the end but he was too strong.
“I feel good.
I came to win again this year and I managed that.
It’s great to be here in Honefoss and to have won the Glava Tour again.” Final battle A sizeable group of six riders headed up the road early on a difficult final-day parcours – Danail Petrov (Caja Rural), Bjorn Tore Hoem (Team PlussBank), Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco Cycling), Adrian Palomares (De Rijke), Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha) and Remi Pauriol (Sojasun) making up the move.
Team Sky kept the break on a short leash with Bernhard Eisel marshalling things as Thomas Degand (Accent Jobs) and Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen-Beloise) headed off to link up with the escapees on the four laps around Honefoss.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff hit the front on the final loop in a bid to set things up for Paulinho but Team Sky resumed control on the climb around the back of the course.
The steep ramps saw the peloton split briefly but Boasson Hagen had Luke Rowe and Josh Edmondson for support before things came back together.
With 12km to go Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Blanco Cycling) hit out as the peloton split significantly once again, seventh-placed Jesper Hansen (Cult Energy) also jumping clear to create a dangerous move which was dragged back.
It was Edmondson who drove on into the final kilometre as the sprint took hold and Boasson Hagen kept it upright to bring home yellow.
Rigoberto climbed to an impressive solo victory Sir Bradley Wiggins lost more time to his rivals at the Giro d’Italia as team-mate Rigoberto Uran overtook him in the general classification with a superb solo victory on stage 10.
The Colombian powered clear of the field midway up the climb to the summit finish at Altopiano del Montasio in northern Italy and held off a late challenge from compatriot Carlos Betancur to win by 20 seconds.
Race leader Vincenzo Nibali and Cadel Evans followed another 11 seconds further back in third and fifth place respectively, but Wiggins was dropped 3km from the top of the tough, 21km climb and crossed the line 1min 8sec down Uran.
It means the Briton now trails Nibali overall by 2min 5sec in fourth, with Evans 41 seconds back in second and Uran, who rises to third, a solitary second ahead of his team-mate.
Wiggins’s inability to keep pace with the likes of Nibali on the steep ramps of the climb was not unexpected and he fought valiantly to limit his losses.
However, being leapfrogged in the overall standings by Uran, who climbed imperiously, raises fresh questions over whether he will be able to retain the leadership of Team Sky through the race’s remaining four high-mountain stages.
More to follow
‘There is no reason why the existing South Bank undercroft cannot be accommodated into plans by developers with vision and a sense of continuity.’ Photograph: Felix Clay The first time I went to the undercroft at South Bank, the spiritual home of UK skateboarding, I was 11 years old.
I had a little blue plastic Rolling Star board.
It was 1977, the height of the skate craze.
The place was bedlam, with kids flying in every direction, 70s shaggy blond hair alongside unpicked afros.
The energy was electric.
I tried to ride one of the smaller banks but my skateboard was so crap the nose made contact with the bank before the wheels did and I flew to the floor.
It hurt, but I was hooked.
The spot is now set to be demolished as part of a 120m revamp unless campaigners succeed in having it declared a village green and it is saved.
Images of South Bank dominated the main UK magazine Skateboard.
Bonafide US skate superstars passed through.
In an era largely devoid of purpose-built skate spots, it was our home, our mecca.
By the time some good commercial spots had been built, the bubble had burst, the money went elsewhere, and one by one they closed down until we were back where we started.
Five years later, South Bank was a ghost town.
Middle-class arts patrons would scurry quickly across the desolate space between the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre and avert their gaze from the gathered homeless seeking rudimentary shelter and a little company.
If they had looked a little closer they would have seen us too.
A handful of diehards, we were pretty much all that remained of skateboarding in London.
There were other skaters around, true, but South Bank belonged to everyone.
Like a unit of forgotten troops left behind after the action had moved on, we were our own dedicated urban ronin, masterless samurai drawn together by our love and devotion to this thing, this simple rolling piece of wood that delivered such joy, valour and freedom.
Several weeknights and every Sunday, rain or shine, we would gather there and share jokes, talk shit, and skate until the last tube home.
All of UK skating passed through, as well as various Europeans, visiting US pro legends, plus the occasional Antipodean.
Passersby would stop and gawp at our diverse and mysterious tribe.
Our fashion sense was sufficiently confusing that one was overhead remarking, “Why are all the tramps skateboarding?” Despite the banks and legendary wall being closed off some years ago, the undercroft remains an icon of global skateboard culture a culture that still inspires talent and creativity across the arts, in film, TV, visual culture, sound culture and alternative spaces.
The visionless proposals to replace the undercroft with yet more soulless glass-fronted corporate retail units is an attack on our communal spaces and ability to lead creative lives with spontaneity and a measure of freedom.
These qualities are the bedrock of creative possibility.
Our culture industry is envied around the world.
The people currently making all those ‘cool’ adverts, innovative designs, original music the kinds of creative arts and theatre that makes the chattering classes feel so smug and excited are mostly of the generation that was inspired by pirate radio, warehouse parties, street skating, graffiti: all those urban activities that are necessarily messy and unstructured and that allow playfulness and creative exploration room to flower and blossom.
There is no reason why the existing site cannot be accommodated into plans by developers with vision and a sense of continuity.
By doing so the South Bank complex would remain an exciting, multidimensional urban space that includes all aspects of culture, high and low, street and salon, loose and structured.
This is the sort of public space we need, not another glut of privately owned, heavily regulated opportunities to spend what little money we have left.
Moving the skaters to a purpose-built spot along the river misses the point.
Reclaimed urban spaces are more than just bits of forgotten concrete.
They have memories.
They resonate with ghosts of the past.
They contribute to the richness and diversity of our lives.
Their value cannot be measured in material terms.
We need South Bank.
Crispin Robinson is a skater who was sponsored by Madrid and Santa Cruz Skateboards from 1986 to 1990
Afternoon all and welcome to stage four of this year’s Giro d’Italia, and it could be the day that things really start hotting up.
The 246km from Policastro Bussentino to Serra San Bruno the second longest of the race ends with a short steep climb up to Croce Ferrata and we could well see some jousting from the GC contenders.
No, it’s not going to be pivotal but it’ll be interesting to see whether any riders (or any teams) fancy putting on a Hulk Hogan-style show of strength, flexing their two-wheeled 24-inch pythons.
Even before we get to the final ramps this should be a stage that’s pleasing to the eye.
The peloton are heading down the coast that forms the lower part of the Italian boot basically we’re riding over Italy’s metatarsals.
Further reading: if you’ve not already done so, get yourself over to The Gruppetto our daily blog on the Giro.
You can find all the standings here.
And, elsewhere on The Internet, if you like things of eye-watering beauty and design genius, then check our Gazzeta’s interactive wheelie stage guide.
William Fotheringham says First test for the overall contenders; a long hot stage ending with a short, steep climb to a hilltop finish.
A day when a few seconds can be easily lost; a finish for punchy riders such as Nibali.
Giro d’Italia 2013 stage 4 map
A funeral service was held on Merseyside this afternoon for tireless Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams.
Williams, who lost her 15-year-old son Kevin in the 1989 tragedy, died earlier this month after losing her battle with cancer.
Hundreds of people lined the streets outside Formby’s Our Lady of Compassion Church – many donning red and white scraves and shirts – and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was also in attendance with managing director Ian Ayre to pay their respects.
Paying respects: Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre (right) were at the funeral of Anne Williams Tragic: Anne Williams tragically died after losing a battle with cancer aged just 62 Beloved: Williams lost her 15-year-old son Kevin in the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster Onlookers stood in silence as her coffin, with red and white flowers placed on top, arrived at the church ahead of the service before Abide With Me – which is traditionally played before the FA Cup final – began the ceremony.
Williams campaigned to uncover the truth about events at the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.
Kevin was one of the 96 Liverpool fans who perished in a crush at the Leppings Lane End of Hillsborough.
Kenny Dalglish, who was manager of Liverpool on the day of the disaster, tweeted to say: ‘Thoughts are with the Williams family today.
A fantastic woman that made her family hugely proud of all she has done fighting for justice’ Williams established from witnesses at the Sheffield stadium that despite the coroner’s assertion that all fans were dead by 3.15pm Kevin was still alive and could have been saved.
Respect: People donning red and white scarves lined the streets in Formby to pay their respects Tragic: As the procession arrives at Our Lady Of Compassion Church the mourners remain silent She appealed to three different attorney generals for a new inquest, only to be rebuffed.
Her case was also rejected by the European Court of Human Rights.
But a breakthrough came in September following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.
It exposed a systematic cover-up by South Yorkshire Police and other authorities over the true version of events that day.
Williams defied doctors’ expectations to attend what was her last public appearance at the Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield last Monday.
Backing: Andy Burnham MP (left) and Rodgers arrive at the church ahead of the service Inspiration: Williams’ coffin was carried across the grounds of the church Respect: Michael Ball was also in attendance on Merseyside She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October, but despite her ill-health she carried on her campaign and attended a hearing at London’s Royal Courts of Justice in December when the original inquest verdicts were quashed.
Williams’ brother, Danny Gordon, told the BBC: ‘She touched so many hearts throughout the world.’ Honoured: Investigative journalist Roger Cook Tragic: Anne Williams (right) lost her 15-year-old son, Kevin (left), in the 1989 disaster Rafael Benitez received a warm welcome on his first return to Anfield as Chelsea manager, hours after the former Liverpool boss paid an emotional tribute for Williams last weekend.
The Spaniard, who managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, left a single rose at the Eternal Flame memorial for Williams and laid flowers for the 96 who died.
His touching gesture came days after the 24th anniversary of the tragedy and prior to the Liverpool-Chelsea Premier League match.
Five stars: Benitez appears on this banner held up on the Kop Touching: Rafael Benitez left this floral tribute to the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster before his return to Anfield as manager of Chelsea Emotional: Benitez, who managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, weeps at the 2011 Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield Tragedy: 96 fans perished during the FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Anne Williams’ story (Anne posted this on the Hope for Hillsborough website) Kevin Daniel Williams Kevin was a happy 15-year-old who studied hard and loved his football, Kevin had a season ticket and always went to the home games, the away games we used to send him with an organised mini bus with a few grownups and friends of Kevin.
The semi final at Hillsborough was the first away game he went to without an adult, Kevin’s dad let him go on condition he caught the police escort train to take him and his friend Andrew safely to Sheffield.
Kevin and Andrew entered the ground that day at 1.30pm, they went through the turnstiles with their tickets and went into pen 4.
At 1.45pm they spotted a few other Formby boys and decided to join them in pen 3.
As the pens started to get full Kevin became concerned and had said to Andrew Its getting a bit packed in here.
Kevin was stood on his sisters packed lunch box which he had taken with him, the game kicked off and a big surge came in the crowd, Kevin was pushed away from Andrew towards the barrier that broke.
Andrew never saw Kevin alive again.
John Herbert, a survivor, was by the barrier that was going to break, Kevin had fallen and was on his knees in front of John.
John got hold of Kevin’s left shoulder and held him up while he was holding his friend Kenny at his other side, John remembers the ambulance pulling up and the liverpool scarf being thrown across the windscreen.
The barrier gave way and everyone fell down, John told me they were near the top of a pile of bodies, John could not move his legs, when the poor people were moved John grabbed his mate Kenny and helped him over the fence and John climbed over the fence into pen 2.
Kevin was lifted out of pen 3 at 3.28pm (visual evidence) by PC.
Michael Craighill who gave Kevin mouth to mouth.
At 3.31pm Kevin was half way across the pitch carried by Steve Hart, Tony O Keefe, PC Craighill and other Liverpool fans.
(photo evidence) At 3.37pm Kevin was being resuscitated by PC.
Bruder aided by Johnny Prescott and a St Johns Ambulance man.
Bruder found a pulse in Kevin.
At this point an ambulance was now passing them, *entering the pitch, PC Bruder asked for it to be flagged down as he wanted to put Kevin in it.(Photo and video evidence) PC.Bruder was right about the ambulance, *we found it coming on to the pitch at 3.35pm on the West Midland Police compilation video.
Roger Cook found Tony Edwards the assistant driver.
At 3.40pm Special WPC Debra Martin found a pulse and took Kevin into the gym, Debra was told to stay with Kevin and carry out resuscitation, this she did, Kevin started to move so Debra picked him up in her arms.
Kevin opened his eyes and he spoke the word ‘Mum’ before he slumped back and died at 4.00pm.
These are Kevin’s movements on the day of the disaster, I have spoken to all the witnesses who were able to tell me what had happened to Kevin a very different version than what I was told at Kevin’s inquest.
I have spent hours with the top forensic pathologists, particularly Dr.
Ian West at Guys Hospital, I have had everything explained to me and numerous medical reports.
Kevin’s injuries would not have killed him if he had been given the right care, Kevin did not die from Traumatic asphyxia the cause of death given at his inquests.
Tony Edwards, who I met in 1994 while filming for the Roger Cook Report, told me it was a police cordon that stopped 44 ambulances entering the ground, Tony mowed through the cordon and would have passed Kevin at 3.37pm like PC.
Bruder had said.
The coroner had told the families that the reason they could not get the vehicles on the ground was due to ramps and the design of the ground.
All dead or brain-dead by the 3.15pm cut off time, so no evidence came out after that time.
Kevin was alive and could have been saved, The families have had a scrutiny – another stitch up, a private prosecution on Chief Constable Duckenfield, the officer in charge that day, and Bernard Murray which ended in Murray as not Guilty and a hung jury where Duckenfield was concerned.
In 1991 myself and five other families submitted a Memorial the formal name given to the documents that are put together explaining all the reasons for the submission to the Attorney General asking for a new inquest into the death of our children, this was refused.
( see Legal Avenues) We then sort as Judicial Review a legal procedure where a judge can review decisions made by the coroner and decide whether they are appropriate and/or correct a five-day hearing in the High Court in the Strand London -another stitch up.
In June 1994 Roger Cook ran my story, my MP Sir Malcolm Thornton had my case debated in the House in October 1994, the Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyall promised he would look at the case again, (see Hansard) we submitted the evidence under section 13 of the coroners act hoping once more for a new inquest eight months later I was refused.
In 2005 I submitted another Memorial to the Attorney General again with more evidence, again I was told it was not in the interest of Justice that Kevin should get a new inquest.
I should have followed his decision with a Judiciary Review only I had no funds to take it through the courts so I submitted my case into Europe with the help of my barrister Ed Fitzgerald QC and solicitor who once again wavered his fees.
In 2006 I submitted my case into the European Courts of Human Rights under section 2 The Right To Life.
Kevin’s right, because Kevin had died in the hands of the state he had the right to a fair hearing to determine HOW he died.
I was hopeful that Europe would look into all the evidence and give Kevin the Justice he deserved and that is to put the records straight.
Williams Vs United Kingdom another chance for JUSTICE.
I received my answer from Europe in April 2009 just before the 20th Anniversary of Hillsborough.
Every Legal avenue has been blocked yet the evidence is clearly there.
Kevin Daniel Williams was worth nothing to the system, in my eyes he did not fit into their plan so they made him fit, I will never give up my fight.
If Kevin gets a new inquest it could open the floodgates for other families and perhaps we could finally have some peace.
Kevin was just a little boy who went to a football match and never came home I don t believe myself and the other Hillsborough families deserve to be deprived of the TRUTH.
Some room-silencing deadpan answers to a series of questions on cycling from UKIP s local election candidate in East Chesterton, Cambridgeshire.
Q: What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire area?
Q: Would you agree that creating very high-quality cycling routes to encourage new people to cycle offers by far the best cost-benefit ratio for transport improvements that facilitate growth of the City and surrounding areas?
A: You are asking for benefits paid for by other road users. I would prefer more car parks.
Q: Do you support our view that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority?
A: Cyclists are by far the most undisciplined road users. On several occasions, I have had to stop or dodge cyclists riding through red lights when crossing at pedestrian crossings.
More police attention to cyclists would be useful.
Q: Do you and your party support a new London-style bike plan for Cambridgeshire?
A: No. This proposal amounts to theft from the people who pay to use roads and the benefit given to those who don t.
Q: Do you support our proposal for The Chisholm Trail , a cycling and walking linear park that would run roughly along the railway?
A: Only if cyclists pay for it.
Q: Do you support the provision of a cycle bridge over the River Cam and related cycleways alongside or near the railway bridge?
A: Again, only if you don t expect everybody else to pay for it.
Q: What would you do to ensure the developer fixes these cycling signs before the County Council adopts this, to avoid taxpayers paying to deal with these problems in future years?
Q: Do you support our view that legal cycling should remain permitted, that the signs should read Cyclists give way to pedestrians and that conflict would be reduced by removing barriers to increase the amount of space here?
A: I don t use Green Dragon bridge, so am not able to make an informed comment. However, I am constantly subjected to verbal abuse from cyclist riding of the footbridge at Jesus Lock when I ask them to stop ignoring the please dismount signs.
Q: Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?
A: Why are there cycle tracks on Hill s road on both the road and footpath?
Road space is required for motorised vehicles who pay for it.
It shouldn t be wasted on people who don t.
Just for your information, I walk to most places in Cambridge, but you should bear in mind that if everybody cycled, there would be no roads to ride on.
by John Reynolds, 16.04.2013
Usain Bolt: Olympic gold medallist set to appear at the Anniversary Games
Adidas and the BBC are expected to join the National Lottery and Sainsbury’s as new partners of British Athletics, as the governing body ramps up its commercial offering.
British Athletics today unveiled the National Lottery as an event partner for the Anniversary Games, which is set to feature Usain Bolt and other top global athletes competing at the Olympic Stadium this summer.
The National Lottery has been an existing partner of British Athletics for some time, but the deal announced today is a commercial enterprise in its own right, running up until 2017. The National Lottery deal comes one day after it was revealed Sainsbury’s would become title sponsor of British Athletics’ flagship events.1
Ed Warner, chairman of British Athletics, said: “It’s an important week for us as tickets go on sale for the Anniversary Games and the Sainsbury s deal has obviously been announced. The exciting things from a British Athletics perspective is both Sainsbury’s and The National Lottery have commitment with us through to the World Championships in 2017.”
It is understood that the next two commercial deals announced by British Athletics will feature the BBC and Adidas renewing their respective deals as broadcaster and kit supplier.
Both commercial renewals are likely to run for between four and five years and will be announced in the coming months.
In the wake of the London 2012 Games, British Athletics changed its sponsorship model from involving one overall lead sponsor, to looking to secure multiple-tier deals.
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