Lindsey Vonn cedes World Cup overall standings lead

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Lindsey Vonn‘s quest for a fifth World Cup overall title this season became much trickier this weekend.

Vonn ceded her standings lead to Swiss Lara Gut after the American finished 13th in a giant slalom in Courchevel, France, on Sunday.

Gut tied for second in the giant slalom after winning both a super combined Friday (Vonn was second, .01 behind) and a downhill Saturday (Vonn failed to finish) in Val d’Isere, France. Austrian Eva-Maria Brem prevailed in Sunday’s race (results here).

Vonn felt the after-effects of nearly crashing Saturday.

“I’ve just been trying to recover and trying to get ready for today,” Vonn told media in Courchevel. “I didn’t really feel very balanced today. I think I rung my bell a little bit yesterday.”

Gut now leads the World Cup overall standings by 58 points over Vonn through 12 of a scheduled 41 races.

Gut, the 2014 Olympic downhill bronze medalist and one of only two women’s Alpine medalists from Sochi currently racing, made up 180 points on Vonn in three races this weekend.

Vonn entered the three French races with a 122-point cushion on Gut and riding a four-race winning streak.

Vonn seeks to become the oldest World Cup overall champion and to take the title for the first time since before her two major knee surgeries that knocked her out of the Sochi Olympics.

Gut could well be the World Cup overall leader going into 2016, with next week’s two races being a giant slalom and slalom — Vonn’s two worst disciplines (though Gut is more of a speed racer, too).

“I just need a break,” Vonn said, adding that she would prepare for the next race in Lienz, Austria, on Dec. 28. “I think after yesterday I’m just really sore. I’m actually, physically, need a break.”

Vonn’s path to the World Cup overall crown — the biggest prize this season with no Olympics or World Championships — appeared clear after significant knee injuries to Anna Fenninger and Mikaela Shiffrin, who were first and fourth in last season’s standings.

Tina Maze, second in last season’s standings ahead of Vonn, is sitting this season out and may never compete again.

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Mikaela Shiffrin returns with mantra, stuck to her helmet, to carry forever

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Look close at Mikaela Shiffrin as she steps into a race start gate for the first time in eight months on Oct. 17.

Shiffrin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup overall champion, plans to wear a helmet with two special stickers on the back.

She’s donned the first decal for years — the initials ABFTTB, which stand for “Always Be Faster Than The Boys,” a personalized autograph motto from retired Olympic Alpine skier Heidi Voelker.

The new sticker reads, Be nice. Think first. Have fun.

Those lines came from Shiffrin’s father, Jeff — the mantra instilled in her and older brother Taylor, also a young ski racer at the time.

After Jeff died on Feb. 2, Shiffrin regularly remembered the question that Jeff posed years ago: “What are the golden rules?”

Be nice. Think first.

When the Shiffrin siblings were old enough, Jeff added the third rule.

“He felt like we could understand that having fun wasn’t just about going and doing whatever you want because it’s instantly gratifying,” Shiffrin told NBC Sports’ Alex Azzi in an On Her Turf interview. “Fun is doing something well and the satisfaction you get from sticking to something.”

She plans to race all season with the golden rules sticker on her helmet, right next to ABFTTB.

Shiffrin detailed more about her prep for a very different World Cup campaign, in conjunction with a new fund in honor of her late father, in this On Her Turf report.

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2020 Tour de France results

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2020 Tour de France results for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:05
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — +:59
3. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:30
4. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +5:58
5. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +6:47
7. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:48
8. Rigberto Uran (COL) — +8:02
9. Adam Yates (GBR) — +9:25
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) — +14:03
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +25:53
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +42:20
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +1:03:07
29. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:59:54
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:19:11
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 380 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 284
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 260
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 181
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) — 174

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 82 points
2. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:13
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:42:43
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:55:12
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:15:39

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