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Tiger Woods plans on attending World Alpine Skiing Championships

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Best to anyone’s knowledge, Tiger Woods has been on hand for one of Lindsey Vonn‘s races since it became public they were a couple.

Woods stood with other spectators near the finish of a World Cup race in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, 2013. It was not a good day, as Vonn skied off the course in her final race before deciding on another knee surgery that would keep her out of the Sochi Olympics.

Woods will hope the next time he sees Vonn in competition will be a drastically different type of day to remember.

Vonn, after tying the women’s World Cup wins record in Italy on Sunday, said Woods is planning to attend some of her races at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., next month, according to The Associated Press.

”It’s tough to have two athletes competing at the same time, but he’s definitely going to make something work,” she said, according to the AP, adding that Woods watched Sunday’s race on the Internet in Florida at 5 a.m. with daughter Sam.

Vonn’s races at the World Championships are scheduled for Feb. 3 (super-G), Feb. 6 (downhill) and, possibly, Feb. 9 (super combined), Feb. 10 (team event) and Feb. 12 (giant slalom).

Woods is slated to play the PGA Tour event the weekend before the World Championships and the following week during Worlds at Torrey Pines in California.

The World Championships super-G will be on the Tuesday practice round day of Torrey Pines week, and the downhill will run during the second round of Torrey Pines.

The following week, the PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach, where Woods has not played since 2012. However, it’s possible Vonn might not race at Worlds that week.

Vonn has said she is unlikely to race slalom again, which casts doubt over whether she would race the super combined at Worlds, given that event is a combination of one downhill run and one slalom run.

Vonn also did not race in the team event at the 2011 World Championships, pulling out of the competition after the downhill and super-G due to a previous concussion. The team event was in giant slalom format.

Vonn hasn’t raced a giant slalom since before her crash at the 2013 World Championships, which casts doubt that she will be in that event at Worlds.

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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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