Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - B2B, Corporate - City, London

£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Head of Content and PR

£35000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Developer - Mid / Senior

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing digital agenc...

Recruitment Genius: E-commerce Partnerships Manager

£50000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a newly-created partne...

The Sport Matrix: Monday 30 September 2013

Britons slammed after poor showing in world road race

Britain’s leading cyclists were slammed for a lack of spirit yesterday after all eight riders failed to finish the men’s road race at the World Championships in Tuscany.

Chris Froome’s bid to achieve the first Tour de France and world double since 1989 was left in ruins amid heavy and prolonged rain, while Sir Bradley Wiggins (above) also struggled with the conditions.

“They are all disappointed and they need to be,” Rod Ellingworth,  the team coach said. “A lot of people were talking the talk beforehand and didn’t see it through. No excuses, each and every one of them underperformed today. They will look at themselves in the mirror tonight and think they didn’t do a very good job.

“Chris wasn’t good in the weather and he knows that. I am sure [Bradley] is walking around with his head down because no one wants to perform like that.”

Portugal’s Rui Costa took the honours in the race, the 26-year-old beating Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in a sprint to the line. Another Spaniard, Alejandro Valverde, finished third. “This has been a big dream for a long time,” Costa said. MORE

Suarez returns  at the double

Luis Suarez marked his first Premier League appearance in five months with two goals as he helped Liverpool move up to second with a 3-1 victory at bottom club Sunderland. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring, while Emanuele Giaccherini hit the hosts’ late consolation. MORE

Kipsang smashes marathon record

The men’s marathon world record was broken by Wilson Kipsang in Berlin yesterday, the Kenyan taking 15 seconds off the previous best by finishing in a time of 2hr 03min 23sec. Afterwards he said maybe he could go even faster. MORE

Champions coast home at Exeter

Leicester moved to third in the Premiership after overcoming Exeter 15-9 at Sandy Park. Ben Youngs and Niki Goneva scores in the first half had the visitors 15-0 up and the Tigers saw out the game for the points.

Howson strike gives Canaries a lift

Norwich gained a first league win in a month after Jonny Howson’s strike was enough to take the points in a 1-0 win at Stoke City. The midfielder found the net from 25 yards just after the half-hour. “Hopefully this will give us some confidence,” said manager Chris Hughton. MORE

Gatting seeks a Chinese takeaway

New MCC president Mike Gatting has suggested China as the perfect place for the Twenty20 game to take off. “They love history, discipline, the honour in our game,” he said. “Their history indicates that it is exactly the right sort of culture.” MORE

Mancini set for Galatasaray job

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is close to completing a three-year deal with Galatasaray thought to be worth £4.6m a year. The Italian, out of work since he was sacked by City in the summer, is expected to be unveiled in Istanbul tomorrow as successor to Fatih Terim.

Marquez closes in on MotoGP title

Marc Marquez moved closer to winning the MotoGP series in his debut season with victory in yesterday’s Aragon Grand Prix. He extended his lead to 39 points with four races left. His closest rival, reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, came second.

Opinion: Sam Wallace

A new deal for Arsène Wenger is a fait accompli. It could take him into his late 60s and he may add to the seven major trophies. But at some point the question of his successor will have to be addressed.

Liverpool take Super League title

A 2-0 win over Bristol Academy gave Liverpool their first Super League title yesterday at the Halton Stadium. Louise Fors opened the scoring from the spot and Katrin Omarsdottir secured the title, Liverpool finishing five points clear of yesterday’s opponents. MORE

Vikings edge the Steelers at Wembley

Adrian Peterson stole the show as Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in London last night for their first win of the season. The reigning MVP scored two touchdowns and ran 140 yards in an enthralling contest at a sold-out Wembley.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor