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Greipel sprints to stage victory in Ipswich

Andre Greipel won Saturday's penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain in Ipswich Credit: PA

Andre Greipel won Saturday's penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain as Edvald Boasson Hagen moved onto the verge of a second win in the event.

Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won a sprint finish at the end of the 227.1-kilometres seventh stage from Fakenham to Ipswich by a narrow margin from Team Sky's Elia Viviani.

Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka), the winner of the 2009 Tour of Britain, was fifth on the stage to consolidate his 13-second overall advantage.

Woet Poels (Team Sky) is the Norwegian's nearest rival ahead of Sunday's final stage in central London, which is expected to end in a sprint.

Froome ruled out of World Championships

Chris Froome will be missing from the event. Credit: PA

Chris Froome's absence from the Road Cycling World Championships has been confirmed after Great Britain announced the team for Richmond.

Two-time Tour de France champion Froome withdrew from the Vuelta a Espana with a fractured bone in his foot which has ruled him out of the trip to the United States for the September 19 to 27 event.

Mark Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, and Geraint Thomas, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, lead the men's road race squad, which has plenty of options. Lizzie Armitstead headlines the women's team.

Fractured foot forces Froome out of Vuelta

Chris Froome has fractured his foot. Credit: PA

British rider Chris Froome has been forced to abandon La Vuelta a Espana due to a fractured foot.

The Tour de France winner crashed on Wednesday, but did manage to complete the stage.

Froome had an x-ray on his injury, which confirmed the issue, forcing him to quit the race.

On Wednesday evening, Froome tweeted: "Knocked sideways into a barrier & stone wall today. Further scans in the morning but start unlikely as I can’t walk without crutches."

Astana sorry after Nibali Vuelta expulsion

The Astana cycling team have apologised after their rider Vincenzo Nibali was expelled from the Vuelta A Espana after being towed by a team car.

Italian rider Nibali used the vehicle to help him get him back up with the peloton after suffering a crash, but was filmed by a camera taking a lift.

Vincenzo Nibali is out of the race. Credit: Reuters

Astana wrote on their website, "Nibali called for a replacement water bottle and was filmed by television cameras in a race helicopter as Astana Pro Team director sportif Alexander Sheffer towed him for more than five seconds to rejoin the chasing group with around 20km to the finish. Nibali rejoined the main peloton with 10km to go.

"For this illegal assistance, race jury officials took the unusual and severe step to expel Nibali and Sheffer from the Vuelta a Espana and to remove the team's second vehicle from competition for two days.

"Astana Pro Team is sorry for the error, and apologises to the peloton and race organisers for the harm these televised images caused to professional cycling."


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