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Sir Bradley Wiggins leads from the front on the final kilometre of Stage Six on the Tour de Britain

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Sir Bradley Wiggins leads from the front on the final kilometre of Stage Six on the Tour de Britain

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The Costa Concordia, which hit rocks off the shore of Giglio in January 2012

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Get me out of here - Mallorca, Florence, Far East cruise

Now... Depart next Sunday for a five-star break in Mallorca. The package leaves on 22 September with Monarch flights from Gatwick for a week at the Puravida Resort Blau Porto Petro. The price is £1,149pp with half-board and transfers. Classic-collection.co.uk

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Costa Concordia staff found guilty over sinking of cruise liner

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