Olympic24: Cavendish wins, Froome takes lead but Murray out

Olympic24: Cavendish wins, Froome takes lead but Murray out

11 July 2015 / 08:17

Mark Cavendish wins his 26th Tour de France stage but there is no joy for Andy Murray who came unstuck against a sublime Roger Federer. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Mark Cavendish sprints to victory on stage seven of the Tour de France and Chris Froome takes overall lead
  • Andy Murray goes out of Wimbledon in the semi-finals after losing in straight sets to Roger Federer
  • Jamie Murray looks for one more victory at SW 19 to seal doubles crown
  • Great Britain's women are busy preparing for Rio after sealing their Olympic spot
  • Laura Muir confident of being in mix for medals at World Championships in Beijing

Cavendish wins stage seven and Froome takes overall lead

Mark Cavendish sits third in the all-time list of stage winners at the Tour de France after he sprinted to victory on stage seven.

The 30-year-old sits two wins behind Bernard Hinault but still has some work to do if he is to chase down Eddy Merckx's record of 34.

“I wanted it. I just had this feeling. I was lying in the room with my wife and my daughter yesterday and I just got this feeling, I was relaxed. I knew today was ok,” said Cavendish.

“The team were motivated, you could see that. After we’ve worked so long the last few times, and to keep the faith like that was incredible.”

It was also a fruitful day for Chris Froome who reclaimed the yellow jersey after Tony Martin retired following Thursday's crash.

"It's a huge privilege to be back in yellow but certainly under these circumstances it wasn't ideal."

Murray bows out in Wimbledon semi-finals after Federer masterclass


Andy Murray says he has no complaints after going down in straight sets to Roger Federer 7-5 7-5 6-4 and crashing out of Wimbledon.

In a match that many believed would go five sets Murray was given no chance against a sublime Roger Federer who hit 20 aces and had a first serve percentage of 76%

Murray and early chance to break in the first game of the match but, after that, there was little sign that he was going to trouble the Swiss' serve.

“It’s almost impossible when he serves so fantastically. I didn't really have any opportunities,” said Murray.

“He served unbelievably. That was the difference, not the fact that he served first. If he served that way, it was always going to be too tough.”

Jamie Murray looks for one more win to seal doubles title


While Andy Murray might not get the chance to lift the famous trophy at SW 19, brother Jamie is hoping for one more win to cement his doubles crown.

Murray won the mixed doubles title in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and will look to take the men's crown this time around with Australian John Peers.

Standing in their way are Dutchman Jean-Julien Roger and Romania's Horia Tecau but Murray is hopeful that he and Peers can find form one more time.

“We’re in a Wimbledon final, and it’s been a good couple of weeks. We’ve won five matches and on Saturday all we have got to do is go out there and try to win another,” he said.

Gilbert: Preparations well underway for Rio 2016 


The Olympics may still be over a year away but the work is already starting to make sure Great Britain women's hockey team challenge at Rio, according to Susie Gilbert.

Great Britain secured their place on the plane to Brazil last month when they went unbeaten on the way to gold at the World League Semi-Final tournament in Valencia, Spain.

The 26-year-old won her 50th cap during the World League event and believes the bar has now been set high for the team.

"It was an incredible team performance throughout the tournament and the results were a testament to the work ethic of the squad," she said.

"All the hard work paid off and it was a fantastic achievement to qualify for Rio and also amazing to then go on and win the tournament.

"The Olympics are still a long way away but our training programme will make sure we are training to the best of our ability.

"Our standards are high and we will be putting ourselves in the best possible position ahead of Rio."

Muir targets spot in 1500m final at World Championships

Following her recent gold-medal winning performance at the British Championships, Laura Muir says she has set her sights on a spot in the 1500m final in Beijing's World Championships.

Muir will head to China with a fifth-place world ranking and, while she knows a spot in the final Is within her grasp, she is coy about her medal chances.

“I'm confident I can be up there and I should be in that final,” she told the Scottish Herald.

“I just want to get to that final and take it from there. A medal? I've got to be realistic.

“A couple of girls just behind me are probably capable of running a faster time than I have done, but I am not ruling anything out . . . or in.”

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