Sport 5. Sports Personality? Cavendish should walk it Talking of British cycling… how can Mark Cavendish not win Sports Personality of the
Year now? He shouldn't need his bike either - he should walk it. What
he's done this year, in the Tour de France and now at the worlds, is
awesome. But that whole team performance in Copenhagen last
Sunday was brilliant, particularly the last 10km by Bradley Wiggins.
It's a brutal sport and these guys are some athletes. How could anyone
possibly vote for Rory McIlroy now?

Sprinter Mark Cavendish will have four support riders, the maximum possible, in his bid to become Britain's first Olympic gold medallist next July.

Teen remanded over riot attack

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Serie A strike called off

The Italian Players' Union and the Lega Serie A today signed a temporary resolution to avert any further strike action.

Police 'wasting £150m a year' says think-tank

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Cyclng: Wiggins slips to third after 'Bison' charge

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Economy 'could suffer if migrant squeeze goes on'

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Rural exodus leads to dozens of village schools closing

Ministers say relaxation of planning laws will boost rural communities by enabling affordable housing

Cycling: Wiggins stays in red as Albasini climbs to win

HTC-Highroad's Michael Albasini won the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain yesterday while Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins retained the leader's red jersey.

Fight in the museum: director accused of selling off exhibits

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Album: The Drums, Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)

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Cycling: Wiggins still leads after Sagan win

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan scored a second victory this year after winning a mass sprint in the 12th stage of the Vuelta in the Galician port of Pontevedra yesterday. Britain's Bradley Wiggins held on to the overall lead.

Cycling: Wiggins takes lead in the Tour of Spain

Bradley Wiggins claimed the overall lead in the Tour of Spain yesterday after David Moncoutie won a mountain finish to take the 11th stage.

Letters: Gaddafi

I find it sad that at this time of year local newspapers are full of photos and statistics relating to those who have got the "highest" or "most" exam passes, and implying how good their schools must be. How do other children feel who have worked their socks off, but are not able to achieve so highly?

Cycling: Wiggins targets Vuelta victory after 'fantastic' first 10 days

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins is thrilled with his position in the Vuelta a España, with the race for Madrid set to resume today. Wiggins crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken collarbone but now sits third in the Tour of Spain standings after 10 days of racing, with Team Sky colleague Chris Froome in the lead.

Gymnastics: Chinese official guilty of fraud

A Chinese gymnastics official has been found guilty of fraud, after he falsified a score to help a Chinese athlete win gold at the 2010 Asian Games.

Mortgage approvals increase to 14-month high

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