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British champion Peter Kennaugh quits Tour de France

British champion Peter Kennaugh has abandoned the Tour de France, because of illness.

British champion Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

Kennaugh, from the Isle of Man, was part of the team which supported Froome to the 2013 title.

The 26-year-old was 146th at the start of the 201-kilometres route from Bourg de Peage to Gap, almost two and a half hours behind Froome.

Peter Kennaugh (third from left) celebrates Gold medal win with teammates Credit: PA

Kennaugh, who won London 2012 Olympic gold in the team pursuit on the track, successfully retained his British title on June 28 in Lincoln.

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Chimney fire during Isle of Man ferry crossing

A fire broke out in the chimney stack of a ferry making its way from Douglas to Heysham during the 08.45 crossing this morning.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company engineers say they have contained the situation aboard the Ben-my-Chree. The engineers have allowed the vessel to continue with her journey to Heysham.

The company say no passengers or crew have been injured, and added that there is no significant damage to the vessel.

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Isle of Man ferry trouble

Severe disruption to ferries between the Isle of Man and Liverpool will continue today.

The Manannan was taken out of service after debris from the sea damaged its engines.

Operators say hundreds of stranded passengers will be transferred to Liverpool by coach from Heysham after being carried on an alternative service operated by it's sister vessel.

Steam Packet Company charters ferry to cover cancelled services

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says all Manannan sailings for tomorrow have been cancelled.

However, the company says P&O Ferries will cover the Belfast service.

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Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:

‘We have been trying for several days to provide a direct alternative for our Belfast passengers, who are not able to simply transfer to a Ben-my-Chree sailing.

‘We have now been able to secure a round trip charter from P & O Ferries, using its fast craft P & O Express. However, because of P&O’s own operational constraints, these sailings will arrive at and leave from Larne, not Belfast.’

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