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Pedersen longer at Trek-Segafredo
5:46 pm: Mads Pedersen has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo until the end of 2025. The 26-year-old Dane is in his sixth year with the team of Bauke Mollema, among others.
Pedersen started for Trek in 2017 and surprised a year later with a second place in the Tour of Flanders. He won the world road title in Harrogate in 2019. In the three stages of the Tour de France in Denmark this year, he finished sixth in the opening time trial and third in the second stage.
“This team has given me the opportunity to ride in the WorldTour and I will stay there for another three years,” Pedersen said. “If you want to stay with the same team for nine years, it has to be something special. This is a second family to me and that is why I decided to stay. I want to win games and win ‘monuments’ and I want to do that with this team.”
Standing places allowed again in Premier League
5:36 p.m.: Starting the coming season, pitches will be allowed again in the Premier League, the highest English football class. Clubs that want to use it can apply for a license. “We have tested and thanks to modern techniques we can now allow this again on our fields,” said British sports minister Nadine Dorries.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur took part in a trial in the second half of last season to determine whether standing places were safe enough. According to the authorities, the experiment turned out well.
Standings have been banned in English football for years. The ban was prompted by the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, when nearly a hundred Liverpool fans were killed by crowding in crowded stands during an FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest.
‘Escape king’ De Gendt longer at Lotto Soudal
12:40 pm Belgian cyclist Thomas De Gendt will also ride for Lotto Soudal for the next two years. The 35-year-old De Gendt is described by his team as ‘escape king’. He has already won a stage in all the Grand Tours, even two in the Tour and Giro.
De Gendt triumphed in May in the eighth stage of the Tour of Italy. The Belgian was the strongest of a leading group of four in Naples. “Thomas De Gendt in the attack in a Lotto Soudal jersey, that is a very familiar image for all cycling followers,” says team boss John Lelangue. He has been riding for Lotto Soudal since 2015.
“In this team I was allowed to become the rider I always wanted to be: an attacker,” said De Gendt. “Although it is getting more and more difficult for me, my ambition remains to win games.” He is now missing from the Tour de France, but will probably participate in the Tour of Spain in the autumn.
De Gendt won the mountains classification in the Vuelta in 2018. In 2012 he finished third in the general classification of the Giro. His honors list includes stage victories in numerous stage races.
Volleyball players win Nations League
09:28 o’clock The Dutch volleyball players have won the Nations League. The team of national coach Avital Selinger won the last game in Calgary 3-1 against host country Canada: 22-25 27-25 26-24 25-23. With four victories against eight defeats, the Orange squad finished eleventh in the competition with sixteen countries.
The volleyball players won three of their four games during the last week of play in Calgary. In addition to Canada, they also beat Japan and Belgium. In the Canadian city they only lost to Turkey (0-3).
In the final game Celeste Plak was the most productive for the Orange with 19 points, Fleur Savelkoel made 18.
The American volleyball players as number 1 advance to the quarterfinals. They won eleven of the twelve matches. Brazil and Italy recorded ten victories. The knockout stage of the Nations League will take place next week in the Turkish city of Ankara. ‘Team USA’, the Olympic champion of Tokyo, will meet world champion Serbia in the quarterfinals.