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Noelle Pikus-Pace wins World Cup skeleton in Park City (video)

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Noelle Pikus-Pace continued her dominating start to the skeleton season, and this time she hasn’t been disqualified.

The American won a World Cup event in her native Park City, Utah, with a two-run time of 1 minute, 39.54 seconds. She broke the track record in her first run by .11 of a second and then went .06 faster in her second.

“This has been incredible, a track record,” Pikus-Pace said. “I’ve been chasing this for 15 years, since I started the sport.”

Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold was second in 1:40.22. Canada’s Sarah Reid took third.

Pikus-Pace also had the fastest two-run time in the season-opening World Cup in Calgary, Alberta, last week. There, she was disqualified for having too much tape on her sled in a post-race inspection.

Pikus-Pace said Great Britain protested her original win, but later reports said that didn’t happen. Yarnold moved from second to first with the DQ.

“When we go through hard times, we have a choice to make,” Pikus-Pace said. “We can either let it get us down, or we can push forward and see what we are made of.”

Pikus-Pace, 30, is the 2007 world champion who finished fourth at the 2010 Olympics and second at the World Championships in February. She briefly retired after the Olympics and had a baby boy.

American Katie Uhlaender, the 2012 world champion, finished 14th after taking 12th in Calgary. She said last week she was waiting for symptoms to subside from a concussion she suffered in preseason training.

Russian Aleksander Tretiakov won the men’s skeleton race earlier, making up a two-tenths deficit on Latvian Martins Dukurs after the first run. He won in 1:37.59, .12 ahead of Dukurs and reversing the top two from Calgary.

American Matt Antoine took bronze, his first World Cup medal since January 2012.

The skeleton World Cup continues in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 15.

Park City Skeleton

Men
1. Aleksander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:37.59
2. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 1:37.71
3. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:37.73
15. Kyle Tress (USA) 1:38.71
16. John Daly (USA) 1:38.81

Women
1. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 1:39.54
2. Lizzy Yarnold (GBR) 1:40.22
3. Sarah Reid (CAN) 1:40.60
14. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:41.39

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Tour de France race of truth to decide champ; Peter Sagan’s run likely ends

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The stage is set to decide the Tour de France winner on Saturday.

After Soren Kragh Andersen of Denmark won Friday’s 19th stage of 21, where the overall leaders finished together, eyes turn to Saturday’s 22-mile individual time trial — otherwise known as the race of truth (6:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold).

A Slovenian is extremely likely to win a Tour title for the first time.

Primoz Roglic, a former world junior team champion ski jumper, has been in the yellow jersey for nearly two weeks. He leads countryman Tadej Pogacar by 57 seconds going into the last two stages. Sunday’s finisher is a ceremonial ride into Paris where the leaders are not expected to attack each other.

Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia, who crashed directly into a road sign on the first stage, is in third, 1:27 behind Roglic. Lopez is 1:39 ahead of fourth-place Australian Richie Porte.

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Stage 20 Time Trial Notable Start Times
10:46 a.m. ET — Sepp Kuss (USA)
11:08 — Richie Porte (AUS)
11:10 — Miguel Angel Lopez (COL)
11:12 — Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
11:14 — Primoz Roglic (SLO)

Even with a finishing first-category climb, the time trial distance of 22 miles makes it difficult for Pogacar to make up 57 seconds on Roglic. Pogacar beat Roglic in the national time trial championship in June — by nine seconds on a 9.7-mile course.

“Tomorrow it’s all on me,” Roglic said, according to Cyclingnews.com. “The team has done an amazing job, I have the [yellow] jersey, but we have all worked for it.”

Pogacar, at 21, is bidding to become the youngest Tour de France podium finisher since 1909, according to ProCyclingStats.com. Last year, he became the youngest podium finisher in any Grand Tour since 1974 by placing third at the Vuelta a Espana won by Roglic.

“If I’m on a good day, it’s a course that suits me well,” Pogacar said of the time trial. “If someone told me I’d be in this position before the Tour. I would never have believed them.”

The Slovenians from different teams owned this Tour while defending champion Egan Bernal of Colombia and the formerly dominant Ineos Grenadiers struggled and eventually abandoned on Wednesday.

One competition that all but wrapped up Friday was for the green jersey going to the Tour’s top sprinter.

Sam Bennett is in line to become the second Irishman to win that title after Sean Kelly, who did so four times in the 1980s.

Bennett goes into the weekend with a 55-point lead over Slovakian Peter Sagan, who won the title in each of his last seven Tours that he has finished, a record total.

With a maximum 70 points available for one sprinter left, Bennett would clinch the title by finishing eighth on Sunday and picking up a handful of intermediate sprint points.

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2020 Tour de France standings

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2020 Tour de France standings for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey through stage 18 of 21 …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 83:29:41
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — +:57
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +1:27
4. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:06
5. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +3:28
6. Enric Mas (ESP) — +4:19
7. Adam Yates (GBR) — +5:55
8. Rigoberto Uran (COL) — +6:05
9. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:24
10. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) — +12:12
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +17:48
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +35:54
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +57:49
30. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:56:21
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:11:36
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 319 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 264
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 250
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 173
5. Caleb Ewan (AUS) — 158

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74 points
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 72
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 83:30:38
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +3:22
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:35:35
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:51:32
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:10:21

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