The winner of the 67th Tour de Romandie British Christopher Froome of team Sky Procycling, celebrates on the podium during the 5th and last stage, a 18,7 km race against the clock, at the 67th Tour de Romandie UCI ProTour

Cycling: Chris Froome boosts Tour de France bid with Romandie success

Chris Froome completed the first step of what he hopes will be a year to remember as the Team Sky rider finished third in the final time trial to claim overall victory in the Tour de Romandie yesterday.

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Chris Froome pictured during the prologue of the Tour de Romandie

Cycling: Chris Froome stays out in front on Tour of Romandie

Team Sky's Chris Froome stayed safely out of trouble to hold on to the overall lead in the Tour of Romandie.

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Bruising and injuries indicated there was some blood flowing around his body even if he was unconscious, says pathologist

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says he feels at home at the club

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Chris Froome pictured during the prologue of the Tour de Romandie

Cycling: Chris Froome holds on to yellow after stage one of Tour de Romandie

Chris Froome holds a six-second lead over his American rival Andrew Talansky after stage one of the Tour de Romandie. The Team Sky rider won Tuesday's prologue and will try to defend the race leader's yellow jersey until Sunday's finale.

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Brighton's drug addicts will be given ‘safe houses’ to take drugs legally, but is this really the answer?

These supervised rooms for drug consumption might seem like the cutting edge, but until drug treatment is viewed as a health issue, they're unlikely to be successful

Walker dies after falling into ravine in the Lake District

An elderly Swiss woman has died after falling 100m into a ravine in the Lake District.

Swiss walker dies in Lake District ravine plunge

A Swiss walker has died after plunging 328ft (100m) into a ravine in the Lake District.

Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol thanks well-wishers ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

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Andre Villas-Boas expects his side to be boosted by the return of Younes Kaboul

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