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Faster, higher, stronger? Not in Olympic women’s road cycling | Stephanie Constand

A watered-down Tokyo 2020 course suggests the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ is relevant only to men

The routes for the Olympic road races were recently announced by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the UCI, and something is yet again conspicuously absent from the women’s course.

Women’s races seem to be chronically afflicted by a phenomenon whereby marquee features which form integral aspects of the men’s race tend to inexplicably go missing. Regrettably, the Olympic parcours is yet another egregious example of this.

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Tiaras, grimaces and splashes: the best pictures from the European Championships 2018

As we bid farewell to the first multi-sport European Championships, it wasn’t just the athletes and competitors showcasing their talents in Glasgow and Berlin, the sports photographers present also used the event to demonstrate their own skills and technique

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Russia trump GB in final tally as European organisers look to 2022

• Men’s 4x100m gold lifts GB to total haul of 74 medals
• Russia secure trophy for top spot with 31 gold medals

Great Britain and Northern Ireland took second place in the overall medal standings as the multi-sport European Championships concluded in Berlin and Scotland on Sunday night.

An athletics gold in the concluding men’s 4x100m raised the tally to 74 – 26 gold, 26 silver and 22 bronze. Russia, propelled by a gargantuan trove from the pool but still non grata in track and field, lifted the new trophy for top spot with eight medals fewer but a superior collection of 31 titles.

Related: Dina Asher-Smith snatches victory for 4x100m relay team to claim third gold

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Rhys McClenaghan claims pommel horse win after Max Whitlock stumbles

• Northern Irish teenager gave an impressive display
• Whitlock fell during final to finish in seventh

There is no false bravado about Max Whitlock, just an unwavering faith founded on what the double Olympic champion has achieved and what might yet be accomplished. On Sunday, though, for the second time this year on a significant stage, the Englishman faltered and then fell during the individual pommel horse final at the European Championships to come seventh with a score of 14.000.

As occurred at the Commonwealth Games in April victory was claimed by Rhys McClenaghan with the Northern Irish teenager compiling a mark of 15.300 that rated highest in both execution and delivery. The result was all the more impressive for the upheaval McClenaghan has overcome in recent months to claim what was Ireland’s first medal at this showpiece.

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Grace Reid channels influence of Tom Daley to snatch 3m springboard gold

• Scot wins European Championships gold with last dive
• Reid and Daley won mixed synchro gold together in 2016

Tom Daley’s aquatic adventures of late have been restricted to his brave new world of baby bathtime and the paternal enrapture it can bring. Even on his soon-to-conclude leave of absence his benign influence endures. Grace Reid climbed the stairs on the final attempt of the very last round of the 3m springboard competition at the European Diving Championships in her native Edinburgh with either a medal or despair hanging in the balance. A voice of experience rang in her ears.

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Jan Ullrich arrested after allegedly attacking escort in Frankfurt hotel

• 1997 Tour winner could be charged with attempted murder
• Arrest follows incident in Mallorca on neighbour’s property

Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel.

Related: Mark Cavendish pulls out of road race at European Cycling Championships

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Mark Cavendish pulls out of road race at European Cycling Championships

• Rider disappointed to withdraw on medical advice
• Mark Christian replaces fellow Manxman in British squad

Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the road race at the European Championships in Glasgow on Sunday following medical advice from the British team.

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Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon escapes sack over Tour de France incident

  • UCI gives Moscon five-week suspension for Gespert incident
  • Team Sky ‘confident he has learnt from this episode’

Gianni Moscon has been handed a five-week suspension from the UCI after he was thrown out of the Tour de France for trying to punch another rider – but he will keep his job at Team Sky.

Moscon, 24, was disqualified following an incident that occurred in the opening kilometre during stage 15 of the Tour de France from Millau to Carcassone. Video footage showed Moscon raising his fist to the French rider Élie Gesbert and the race commissaires said the Italian had been disqualified for “particularly serious aggression”.

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Teenagers Cheng and Toulson win diving gold at European Championships

• 15-year-old Cheng competed in her first major competition
• Laugher wins gold in men’s springboard event

The innocence of youth, they say, brings insulation from fear. Eden Cheng, 15 years young, betrayed little sign of nerves or trepidation when she stood beside Lois Toulson on the highest board above Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool on Tuesday and threw herself towards the great blue yonder.

The European Championships is her first major diving competition. It will forever form part of her storybook. Sitting in fifth place after three rounds, the teenagers rebounded to land gold in the 10m platform synchro event after five leaps of faith that overtook rivals from Russia and Germany.

Related: 17-year-old Freya Anderson holds on to clinch Team GB mixed relay gold

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Freya Anderson holds on in final leg to help Britain to relay gold

World junior champion earns her first senior gold in the pool in Glasgow

Ask those who crunch the data in the depths of British Swimming and they mention Freya Anderson with a mixture of glee and optimism.

Just 17, the statuesque world junior champion is no longer one merely for the future. Her present looks pretty rosy too. And in earning in Glasgow the first senior gold medal of what many forecast will be a formidable career, few will doubt that she has the temperament to thrive in the heat of battle.

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