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Wiggins rules out Olympic Games comeback in rowing

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Five-time Olympic champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins says he has shelved plans to bid to make the Great Britain rowing team at the 2020 Olympics.

The 2012 Tour de France winner retired from cycling in December 2016 and flirted with the idea of rowing competitively, taking part in last December's British Rowing Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley Velodrome.

The 38-year-old told his eponymous Eurosport show: "I'm still training most days with it, but I've decided I'm not going to the Olympics because I've got too much other stuff to do.

"I need to give myself a break. I haven't got time to train three times a day. To the level I want to do it to, it's a full-time job in itself. There's too much going on."

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Simon Yates retains red jersey on stage 15 of La Vuelta

Simon Yates retains red jersey on stage 15 of La Vuelta Credit: PA

Simon Yates retained the race leader's red jersey on stage 15 of La Vuelta to increase the likelihood of all three Grand Tours being won by Britons.

After Chris Froome's Giro d'Italia triumph in May and Geraint Thomas' Tour de France success in July, there could be a unique hat-trick for British cycling if Yates can hold on for another week, to the finish in Madrid.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider holds a lead of 26 seconds over Spain's Alejandro Valverde entering Monday's second rest day.

France's Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won Sunday's 178.2-kilometres stage from Ribera de Arriba to Lagos de Coavadonga by 28secs from Spain's Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

Pinot attacked with 6km to go to prevail, while the 26-year-old Yates was two seconds further behind in third.

Valverde was fourth, conceding two more seconds to the Briton.

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Alaphilippe wraps up overall victory in the Tour of Britain in London

Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up overall victory at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in London . Credit: PA

France's Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up overall victory at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in London on Sunday as Australia's Caleb Ewan won the final stage on Regent Street.

As expected, the 77-kilometres eighth and final stage finished in a bunch sprint, with Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) winning ahead of Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

Germany's Greipel had won two stages earlier this week, but Ewan was triumphant on this occasion.

Alaphilippe protected his 17-second lead on Saturday's penultimate stage and completed victory ahead of Holland's Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Slovenia's Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Scott Davies (Team Dimension Data) was the highest-placed Briton in 12th place, one minute 54 seconds behind Alaphilippe.

Thomas signs a new three-year contract with Team Sky

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky. Credit: PA

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky.

The British squad announced that the 32-year-old will stick with the team he joined from their inception in 2010, until 2021.

Thomas told teamsky.com: "I'm pleased it's sorted - and delighted to be staying with the team."

Page 2: 15:37The announcement was made ahead of the final stage of the Tour of Britain, which Thomas has been riding this week.

The Cardiff rider has long been a key lieutenant for Team Sky, but succeeded Chris Froome as Tour champion in July as he realised his own potential in the sport's biggest race.

"It really is one big happy family where my relationship with Team Sky is concerned, so I couldn't be more delighted," Thomas added.

"It's been a great journey for me with Team Sky and obviously the last few months have been crazy.

"It's working really well for me here and I'm excited about what's still to come."

Yates reclaims overall leadership of La Vuelta

Britain's Simon Yates reclaimed overall leadership of La Vuelta with victory on the final climb of stage 14 to Les Praeres. Credit: PA

Britain's Simon Yates reclaimed overall leadership of La Vuelta with victory on the final climb of stage 14 to Les Praeres.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates had seen Jesus Herrada take the red jersey earlier in the week, but the Spaniard's challenge faded over the closing 30 kilometres of Saturday's gruelling trek.

Yates made his move with some 700 metres to go, breaking clear with neither Miguel Angel Lopez or Alejandro Valverde able to respond - both finishing two seconds behind the stage winner.

The well-crafted victory sees the Briton move into a 20-second overall lead ahead of Movistar rider Valverde, with Nairo Quintana, who could only manage fifth on the final climb, down in third place five seconds further back.

Earlier in the 171km mountain route from Cistierna to Nava, there had been a six-man breakaway which included Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, with the lead on the peloton up to around three minutes and 43 seconds heading into the final 75km.

Herrada struggled to keep up the place and dropped into a split chasing pack.

Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) made a move heading into the last 4km, but could not sustain the pace before Yates timed his attack to perfection on the steep slopes. Colombian Lopez crossed second, just ahead of Valverde.

Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle, meanwhile, had been forced to abandon the race ahead of Saturday's start after suffering a groin injury in a crash following the finish of stage 12, when he had placed second.

Sunday will see another mountain stage over 185.5km from Ribera de Arriba to the Lakes of Covadonga.

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