Froome's lead is now over three minutes
Two beaten favourites at Wolverhampton on Monday made it 18 days without a winner for Frankie Dettori. Even so, it unmistakably felt like his first afternoon back in the big time. For both parties, the news that he has signed a retainer for Sheikh Joaan al-Thani – one of the Qatari investors suddenly taking on the superpowers of the Turf – represents a clarion statement of intent.
As two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador told The Independent, “if you could pick one Tour de France to win of all of them, this would probably be it” – and there can be no doubt that the 100th edition of this race has a special feel to it.
One-time supporting act has built up the confidence to be main man for Sky as he tries to conquer the Tour, he tells Robin Scott-Elliot
Gordon Hornsby, 89, from North Shields, North Tyneside, was a Driver Mechanic with 203 Field Ambulance Unit, Royal Army Service Corps. He came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day, and drove a series of ambulances all the way from Normandy to the Netherlands, where he was himself wounded in the Battle of Arnhem
Private Vic Mackenzie, 89, from North Weald, Essex, was a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps, attached to 7th Armoured Division. Mr Mackenzie came ashore at Arromanches, on Gold Beach, on on 8 June 1944 (“D-Day +2”). His unit was one of the first to stumble on to the Belsen concentration camp in the spring of 1945
Lieutenant Ian Hammerton, 91, from Dartford, Kent, is one of a small band of surviving D-Day officers. He was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He commanded five “flail” or “crab” tanks, belonging to the 22nd Dragoons, equipped with frontal booms and chains to detonate mines
On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, a new battle is being fought: to preserve the memories of those who were there, before it is too late and you can help
The pivotal battle is about to pass over the horizon of living memory
Mr Hammerton was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944
Freewheel along the Via Francigena in Italy, an old pilgrimage route to Rome, on a 172-mile tour that links Parma and Lucca. Let an E-bike take the strain, firing up its electric engine when you need a little help on those hills. The week's tour costs £641pp, based on two sharing, through Freedom Treks (01273 224066; freedomtreks.co.uk), including B&B, two dinners, luggage transfers and route maps. International travel costs extra.
A much-loved British watercolourist paved the way with his daring, continental tendencies
Boat crew 'feared for its safety' after coming under attack over fishing in contested waters
The loss of any horse to an accident is a matter of regret, but when the animal concerned is a high-profile performer who gives pleasure beyond its immediate connections, the more so. The unbeaten Prix de Diane heroine Valyra, much fancied for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, broke a hind leg yesterday morning at exercise on the beach at Deauville and could not be saved.
The showcasing of female athletic talent is not confined to events with an Olympic tag, it seems. Charisma on the racetrack is currently largely the province of fillies and mares – with the honourable exception of the colts Frankel and Camelot – and yesterday Moonlight Cloud, who gave Australia's heroine Black Caviar such a fright at Royal Ascot, confirmed herself pretty much Europe's best sprinter with a with a rout of her rivals in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.