Colombia’s Egan Bernal (left) is congratulated by team-mate Geraint Thomas as he crosses the finish line of the twentieth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Egan Bernal of Team Ineos became the first Colombian rider to claim the prestigious Tour de France title with an emphatic victory on Sunday.
Besides mountains galore, Welsh rider Geraint Thomas is up against a solid cast of opponents, even within Ineos his own team, when the three-week Tour de France pedals off on the cobbled streets of Brussels on Saturday.
UAE Team Emirates’ Yousif Mirza will be looking to recapture some form as the Emirati joins his teammates at the Tour of Turkey (April 16-21). The UAE National Champion most recently turned out for UAE Team Emirates at the Giro di Sicilia, but will be hoping for more luck this time around.
The 56-year-old Portuguese returns to management for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December, and replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday.
Captain Tim Paine said on Wednesday Australia were wary of being “surprised” by Pakistan’s young pace attack, which could include 16-year-old sensation Naseem Shah,
Brazil ended a run of five games without a win by easing to a 3-0 victory over South Korea in a friendly in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday with Philippe Coutinho scoring the pick of the goals.