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Tour de France champion Froome to race in Vuelta a Espana

Tour de France champion Froome to race in Vuelta a Espana

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in this year's Vuelta a Espana in pursuit of a historic double.Briton Froome, 32, won his latest Tour title on Sunday in Paris.No rider has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the race moved from April, to August and September in 1995. "I've got the opportunity and I'm certainly going to go for it," Team Sky's Froome, who has finished second on three occasions in the Vuelta, said."The Vuelta is a race I love - it's vicious but it's three weeks that I enjoy. I've come second three times now and I'd love to win."To win both the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible."Froome can go on to win more titles - BrailsfordIs Froome Britain's least loved great sportsman?The 2017 Vuelta - the S...
Wildfires rage in Europe – from France to Croatia

Wildfires rage in Europe – from France to Croatia

World
Wildfires are raging in parts of central and southern Europe, with thousands of firefighters tackling blazes in five countries.About 12 wildfires broke out in Croatia's second largest city of Split, a popular tourist destination.Several cars were burned and a shopping centre was evacuated in the suburbs of Split, covering the area and thick black smoke.Around 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land was destroyed, including homes, according to initial estimates.Firefighters worked through Monday night to bring the fire under control, but some parts of the city reportedly remain without water or electricity.Image:Fires are still active in several municipalities in MontenegroIn neighbouring Montenegro, forest fires forced the evacuation of more than 100 campers on the Lustica peninsula and spre...
Google not liable for back taxes in France

Google not liable for back taxes in France

Technology
Google will not have to pay 1.1bn euros (£970m) in back taxes, after the technology giant won a legal case brought by the French authorities.A court in Paris ruled that the internet search firm's Irish subsidiary was not liable for tax in France. Google employs 700 people in France, but advertising contracts sold for display in France are booked through its subsidiary in low-tax Ireland. In 2015 the company paid just 6.7m euros in corporate taxes in France.The court was advised that Google did not have a "permanent establishment" or sufficient taxable presence in France to justify the bill."Google Ireland Ltd isn't taxable in France over the period 2005-2010" the court said in a statement. European authorities have become increasingly tough on American technology giants including Google an
Britain's Thomas wins Tour de France opener

Britain's Thomas wins Tour de France opener

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Media playback is not supported on this device Tour de France, 1-23 JulyCoverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. Radio 5 live coverage on Sports Extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stageBritain's Geraint Thomas won his first Grand Tour stage with victory in the opening 14km time trial of the 2017 Tour de France in Dusseldorf, Germany.The Team Sky rider clocked 16 minutes four seconds to take the yellow jersey, with team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome 12 seconds back in sixth.Swiss Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) was second with Belarusian Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) third in wet conditions.Movistar's Alejandro Valverde is out of the race after crashing into a barrier.Thomas, the first Welshman to...
England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

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England will play with a video assistant referee for the first time in their friendly against France on Tuesday.The VAR experiment is being trialled by FIFA at selected matches and events, with wider implementation and a role in the 2018 World Cup to follow, but is not currently mandatory.Both associations have to agree to its use under current rules and the Football Association was happy to give its assent.Italian referee Davide Massa will be officiating the match, with two conventional assistant referees supplemented by compatriots Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati providing television support. They will be based in a video operation room which can be, but does not have to be, inside the stadium. They VARs will be on hand to review and advise on four distinct issues: goals where there