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.

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Police fury as 34,000 jobs are set to be axed over four years

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Dire motoring performance puts brakes on Halfords' sales

Halfords suffered a fall in underlying sales in its last quarter, as a dire performance from its motor business failed to offset storming bike revenues. The group said it was continuing to trade "effectively in a difficult environment for UK consumers," but warned its margins would fall by 100 basis points for itsfull year.

The camps are full. Child graves are appearing. And still the hungry come

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Why Versace is putting workers' health before style

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Contractors still waiting for £50m from Delhi Games organisers

Nine months after India hosted the Commonwealth Games, companies around the world are still owed tens of millions of pounds in outstanding payments. They say they have run into a brick wall in dealing with officials in Delhi, where the issue had become entangled in a wide-ranging criminal investigation.

56 players report illegal approaches by bookmakers

Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain, has revealed that 56 international cricketers reported receiving illegal approaches from bookmakers last year – a huge increase on the figure of five for 2009.

Government failing to pay businesses, say Labour

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Tour de France: Andy Schleck wins as Thomas Voeckler clings to yellow jersey

Andy Schleck made his claim for Tour de France victory with a solo surge to win at the highest summit finish in the race's history today, but Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey for a 10th day with another resilient performance.

Tour de France: Cathedral of the Alps set to test climbers' faith

Stage ends at cold summit of the punishing Galibieras Contador and Co look to make up for lost time

Tour de France: Boasson Hagen wins for Sky as Voeckler suffers on fast descent

Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen more than made up for his stinging defeat on Tuesday with a fine solo victory yesterday whilst yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler emerged unscathed after a hair-raising skid off-road on a perilous high-speed descent.

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