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Valverde trims Yates' lead as battle for Vuelta heats up

(Reuters) - Simon Yates' slender lead in the Vuelta a Espana was cut from 33 to 25 seconds after the Briton lost ground to Spaniard Alejandro Valverde in Wednesday's mountain stage, which was won by Canadian rider Michael Woods.

Nur Aisyah aims to be Sukma top athlete with seven gold medals

NUR AISYAH Mohamad Zubair wants to leave a legacy in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak as the best ever cyclist in the girls’ category.

Record world champion Vogel ready for new life after crash

BERLIN (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Kristina Vogel, who was paralysed following a training crash in June, said on Wednesday she was ready to tackle her new life but has had no contact with the Dutch rider involved in the collision.

Yates tightens grip on Vuelta lead after time trial

TORRELAVEGA, Spain (Reuters) - Briton Simon Yates edged closer towards winning the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday, increasing his tight lead over Alejandro Valverde to 33 seconds after stage 16 following a 32km time trial from Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega.

Atherton adds another rainbow jersey to the birdcage

LONDON (Reuters) - Rachel Atherton once had "a bit of a dream" of taking up track cycling but, with five mountain bike downhill world championship golds and six World Cup titles won, she would do nothing different now.

Yates stays strong to increase Vuelta lead

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain (Reuters) - Leader Simon Yates stayed in charge of the Vuelta a Espana after finishing third on Sunday's 15th stage, which was won by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, with the Briton slightly increasing his gap at the top of the general classification.

Ewan wins Tour of Britain finale, Alaphilippe takes overall prize

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia's Caleb Ewan won the eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain around the streets of London's West End as France's Julian Alaphilippe claimed overall victory on Sunday.

Cyclist Fatehah’s Olympic quest gets complicated

PETALING JAYA: The road to the Olympics is going to get much tougher for woman track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa.

Happier times: Malaysian woman cyclist Fatehah Mustapa and coach John Beasley during a training session. Beasley dropped Fatehah for the recent Asian Games because of a drop in form.

Tour champion Thomas signs new deal with Team Sky

LONDON (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has signed a three-year contract extension with Team Sky, ending speculation that the Welshman could seek a leader's role with another outfit.

Yates leads Vuelta again after storming to stage victory

LES PRAERES. NAVA, Spain (Reuters) - Britain's Simon Yates snatched back the leader's red jersey at the Vuelta a Espana after a stunning late attack propelled him to victory in Saturday's stage 14, giving him a 20-second advantage at the top of the general classification.