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Massive high-speed crash disrupts Tour de France

Riders were sent tumbling with some forced to retire from the race. Credit: ITV4

The Tour de France was stopped for around 15 minutes after one of the scariest high-speed crashes in recent years.

The crash happened at high speed and after one rider fell, others tumbled over him including current yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara.

Several riders were forced to abandon the race through injury before Stage 3 in Belgium was ordered to get back underway.

Watch the video on our Tour de France website now.

Riders were clearly in pain. Credit: ITV4

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Koeman says Man United offer 'wasn't serious'

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United they will need to improve on their initial offer for Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to sign the French midfielder this summer.

Koeman insists Man United will have to improve their offer. Credit: PA

Koeman confirmed the Saints had received a bid from Old Trafford for Schneiderlin, who was absent from the club's first training session of the new season on Monday, but said "it wasn't serious".

The Dutchman also said Southampton were hopeful of retaining Toby Alderweireld despite revealing Atletico Madrid, the defender's parent club, are resisting their move to make his loan deal a permanent one.

"Morgan was ill but he is coming to training tomorrow and he will travel with the rest of the squad to Austria," said Koeman ahead of Southampton's pre-season trip. The Saints play RB Leipzig in the first game of their tour on Wednesday.

"He was not feeling well, so he had contact with the doctor and he stayed at home," Koeman added.

"Two weeks ago we had a big offer from Man United but it wasn't enough. It wasn't serious and no more bids today."

Juve confirm Andrea Pirlo has joined New York City

Pirlo has joined New York City Credit: PA

Juventus have confirmed that Andrea Pirlo has decided to join New York City after four years at the club.

The Italian midfielder, 36, enjoying something of a renaissance with The Old Lady, clinching four Serie A titles on the spin and reaching last season's Champions League final.

He joins fellow high-profile acquisition David Villa at New York City, who were formed in May 2013 and play in MLS.

A statement from Juventus read:

Andrea Pirlo has ended his magnificent four-year stay at Juventus after officially completing a move to MLS outfit New York City.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have shared these four fantastic seasons with Andrea and all associated with Juventus Football Club wish him the very best for the future.

Thanks for everything, Maestro, and good luck.

– Juventus club statement

Middlesbrough in sensational swoop for West Ham winger

Downing could be heading back to Teesside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are hoping to pull off a sensational swoop to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside this week.

Boro are in talks with West Ham over the 30-year-old England international, who began his career with his home-town club after emerging as one of its Academy's star graduates.

Press Association Sport understands the player would not be averse to a return to the Riverside Stadium if he proves to be surplus to requirement at Upton Park as new manager Slaven Bilic re-shapes his squad.

However, should that be the case, Sunderland, with whom Downing had a loan spell earlier in his career, too have an interest in him and can offer him Barclays Premier League, rather than Sky Bet Championship football.

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