Team time trials launch World Road Championships
VALKENBURG, Netherlands – Belgian cycling team Omega Pharma-Quickstep won the men’s team time trial, and Germany’s Specialized-Lululemon won the women’s race Sunday during the first day of competition at the World Road Cycling Championships.
The six-man Omega team, featuring stars including Tom Boonen of Belgium and Tony Martin of Germany as well as local favorite Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands, narrowly beat the United States-based BMC Racing team in the 33-mile time trial race.
Orica Greenedge of Australia was third.
Specialized-Lululemon won the women’s 21-mile race, ahead of Australia’s Orica AIS. Dutch team AA Drink was third.
The races marked a return to the world championships of team time trials after a 17-year absence and the debut of the race for pro teams instead of national teams.
First native son in 19 years wins Tour of Britain title
GUILDFORD, England – Jonathan Tiernan-Locke became the first home winner of the Tour of Britain in 19 years after finishing safely in the main pack in Sunday’s final stage won by compatriot Mark Cavendish.
Tiernan-Locke, who will compete in the Road World Championships in the Netherlands next week, kept out of trouble to maintain the 18-second lead he held from Saturday over the 90-mile trek from Reigate to Guildford in southeast England.
Nathan Haas of Australia was second overall, and Damiano Caruso placed third.
Cavendish, the road race world champion, claimed his third stage win of the race.
Morgan rallies U.S. women past Australia 2-1
CARSON, Calif. – Alex Morgan scored a goal and set up another as the U.S. women’s national soccer team rallied from a first-half deficit to beat Australia 2-1 on Sunday in the second game on a post-Olympic tour.
Morgan scored the tying goal in the 55th minute and won the penalty kick that fellow Southern Californian Shannon Boxx converted eight minutes later as the London gold medalists shook off a rough first 45 minutes.
The U.S. improved to 2-0 on the 10-game tour.
The match drew 19,851 to the Home Depot Center.
Australia went ahead in the 34th minute when Lisa DeVanna beat Hope Solo after outsprinting two defenders on a run from midfield.
U.S. coach Pia Sundhage will guide the team for the final time in Wednesday’s rematch with Australia in Commerce City, near Denver.
Ferrer beats Isner to send Spain back to Davis Cup final
GIJON, Spain – David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to send defending champion Spain back to the Davis Cup final with a 3-1 semifinal victory over the United States on Sunday.
Helped by Isner’s 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th consecutive win.
Isner was left slamming his racket in frustration.
Even without Rafael Nadal, Spain, which will try to win its fourth title in five years, stretched its record home winning streak to 24 in a row.
Spain hasn’t lost on clay since 1999.
Spain will play at the Czech Republic or Argentina in November’s final.
Ferrer showed again he could fill the leadership void left by the injured Nadal, who has said he will scale back his Davis Cup availability after clinching last year’s final title against Argentina.
“I’m very happy and this is a dream for me. Another Davis Cup final,” said Ferrer, who has played a part in each of Spain’s last three titles.
“For me (it’s) the best emotions, Davis Cup. I really want to enjoy this moment now.”