Olympic24: Armitstead on the move in Women’s Tour, Murray marches on

Olympic24: Armitstead on the move in Women’s Tour, Murray marches on

18 June 2016 / 08:43

Lizzie Armitstead claims victory in stage three of the Women’s Tour to move into the overall lead while Andy Murray wins all-British clash to move into semi-finals at Queen’s Club. Catch all the latest news here:

  • Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead holds a five-second lead in the Women’s Tour
  • Andy Murray beats fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to stay on track for fifth Queen’s Club title
  • Team GB announce 11 divers heading to Brazil for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • GB men miss out on bronze at Champions Trophy after 1-0 defeat to Germany
  • Glover and Stanning lead GB crews into World Cup semi-finals
  • Nekoda Smythe-Davis out to make history in Rio

Armitstead leads the way after stage three victory


World Champion Lizzie Armitstead won stage three of the Aviva Women's Tour in Chesterfield to move into the leader's jersey with two days remaining.

Boels-Dolmans rider Armitstead raced clear of a four-strong group as they came into the Derbyshire city at the end of a 112km run from Ashbourne, through the Peak District.

 The win was Armitstead's sixth of the season, including three Women's World Tour successes at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, and means she will swap the rainbow stripes for the race leader's yellow jersey on Saturday's penultimate stage.

"I just kept attacking them," Armitstead told Cycling Weekly.

 "Nobody was working with us and I didn't want to take that kind of group to the line, I didn't want people sitting on, so as soon as the road went slightly up I attacked. It took a few times for them to get dropped, but eventually it was just the strongest left.”

Murray praises beaten opponent Edmund


It was Andy Murray who emerged triumphant in the Battle of Britain at Queen's Club but the world No.2 believes the future of British tennis is in safe hands thanks to opponent Kyle Edmund.

No.1 seed Murray was made to work hard in the quarter-final but eventually emerged as a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 winner to move a step closer to a record fifth Aegon Championship title.

Edmund has joined Murray in Miami for off-season training each of the past three years but this was the first competitive meeting between the pair and the 21-year-old equipped himself well, demonstrating his powerful serve and destructive forehand throughout.

 However it was the 29-year-old Murray who ultimately set up a semi-final with Marin Cilic.

"I train with Kyle, I know how good he is," said Murray. "He's a big, strong guy with a very powerful game.

"Kyle's the future of the game in this country. It's important that he's given time to develop at his own rate and not too much pressure is put on him.”

Daley has eyes firmly on gold in Rio

Tom Daley and his wide smile seemingly go hand-in-hand and the British diving star admits nothing would stop him from flashing his pearly whites should he grab Rio 2016 gold.

Friday saw Daley named in an 11-strong Team GB diving squad that will be strutting their stuff at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre from August 7-19 at Rio 2016.

For Daley it is a chance to build on his impressive performance from four years ago, when he landed a bronze in the 10m platform in front of a raucous home crowd at London 2012.

“If I was to win an Olympic gold medal, you could lock me in a dark box for the rest of my life and I’d be happy as long as I had my Olympic medal with me,” said Daley.

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GB men edged out in bronze medal match

Adam Dixon

Great Britain men missed out on the bronze medal at the Champions Trophy in London after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany.

Marco Miltkau’s 40th minute goal was all that separated the two sides as Great Britain tried in vain to find an equaliser.

Nick Catlin struck the post in the first half although George Pinner – named goalkeeper of the tournament – had to be alert to save his team on a number of occasions.

Adam Dixon said: “It’s hard to play against Germany; they're arguably the best defence in the world.

“We controlled vast parts of the game, and to put them on the back foot is a positive. It's a shame that we couldn't convert that possession into real chances and good opportunities.

“To have this many games so close to Rio is really important for us - even better that it's on home soil.”

GB rowers enjoy strong showing at stormy Poznan World Cup

Great Britain’s rowing crews enjoyed a successful opening day of the third World Cup regatta of the season in Poznan, Poland.

World, Olympic and European champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning led the way in the women’s pair, first on the water and first into Sunday’s final, winning their heat with Britain’s second boat, Louisa Reeve and Vicky Meyer, coming in third.

The men’s four of Alex Gregory, Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis – who returned to the boat after missing the last leg of the World Cup through illness – also won their heat.

The lightweight men’s pair of Joel Cassells and Sam Scrimgeour also won their heat, Jonny Walton and John Collins progressed to Saturday’s semi-finals in the men’s double scull.

Elsewhere a repechage awaits for Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley, who could only finish third in their heat of the double scull. 

Smythe-Davis chasing place in history books

Nekoda Smythe-Davis is out to make history in Rio and become the first ever Great Britain judoka to win Olympic gold.

Londoner Smythe-Davis, 23, fights in the -57kg category, is currently ranked 14th in the world and this week was named in a seven-strong Team GB squad to compete in Rio.

After winning Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow in 2014 and competing at the European Games in Baku last year, she has experience of competition at major multi-sport events but knows the Olympic Games are a whole different animal.

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