Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 9

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With the world watching, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian hope to win the second-consecutive Olympic team final gold medal for the United States in Rio on Day 4 of the Games.

In soccer, the U.S. women have one more obstacle in group play as they go head-to-head with Columbia.

MORE: FULL Day 4 streaming schedule

Over on the beach, Brazil’s Larissa and Talita will have home field advantage against the U.S.’ Olympic first-timers Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat.

What to Watch: Day 4, Aug. 9

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Rowing: Quarterfinals and semifinals

Women’s rowing single sculls quarterfinals

Returning for her second Olympic games, Cambridge, Massachusetts, single sculler Gevvie Stone looks to improve upon her seventh place finish from London.

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Canoe/Kayak: C1 final

Team USA’s Casey Eichfeld tries to mount the podium in an event historically dominated by European competitors. The last time a U.S. canoe athlete won a medal in C1 was at the 1972 Munich Olympics. James McEwan, father of Eichfeld’s C2 partner Devin, won bronze.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Diving: Synchronized 10m platform final

After being introduced at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the women’s synchronized 10m platform diving competition has been owned by the Chinese.  The U.S. team of Amy Cozad and Jessica Parratto hopes to hang with the world’s best in Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Gymnastics: Team final

The most anticipated gymnastics event of the Olympics pits the rest of the world vs. the American women, who have been on a unbroken winning streak since they won gold four years ago in London.]

With three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympians Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, and new stars Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, the U.S. is heavily favored to repeat as Olympic champions.

5 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Rugby: United States vs. Brazil

The U.S. brings a men’s rugby roster to Rio featuring a former track sprinter (Carlin Isles), an NFL safety (Nate Ebner) and a UK expat captain (Madison Hughes).

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Soccer: United States vs. Colombia

The U.S. women close out their preliminary round matches against a Colombia team that’s had more success on the international stage since the 2012 Olympics, but will still need to have the ball bounce in their favor if they hope to advance past the group phase in Rio.

9 p.m. EDT ET – WATCH LIVE – Swimming: Day 4 Evening Session

Don’t miss:

Men’s 100m freestyle semifinal

Women’s 200m freestyle final

Men’s 200m butterfly final

Men’s 4x200m freestyle final

Katie Ledecky attempts to extend her reign in the 200m freestyle with an Olympic win, while Michael Phelps tries to reclaim his from South African Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly, after le Clos left Phelps stunned in London.

10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Mexico

Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena vs. Virgen/Ontiveros

Ten years after splitting up, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena reunited to form the top U.S. men’s beach volleyball team. Entering the Olympic tournament as the third seed, the U.S. men hope to beat Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros.

11 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Beach Volleyball: Brazil vs. United States

Under the lights on Copacabana beach and against the top ranked Brazilians, Olympic rookies Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat will be tested when they face off against Rio favorites, Larissa and Talita.

2020 Tour de France standings

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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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Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia win Tour de France for the ages

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A Tour de France that almost didn’t happen ended up among the most exciting in the race’s 117-year history.

Tadej Pogacar, a 21-year-old Slovenian, rode into Paris on Sunday as the first man in more than 60 years to pedal in the yellow jersey for the first time on the final day of a Tour.

Let’s get the achievements out of the way: Pogacar is the first Slovenian to win the Tour, finishing with the other overall leaders behind stage winner Sam Bennett on the Champs-Elysees.

“Even if I would come second or last, it wouldn’t matter, it would be still nice to be here,” Pogacar said. “This is just the top of the top. I cannot describe this feeling with the words.”

He is the second-youngest winner in race history, after Henri Cornet in 1904. (Cornet won after the first four finishers were disqualified for unspecified cheating. The 19-year-old Frenchman rode 21 miles with a flat tire during the last stage after spectators reportedly threw nails on the road.)

Pogacar is the first man to win a Tour in his debut since Frenchman Laurent Fignon in 1983.

And he’s part of a historic one-two for Slovenia, a nation with the population of Houston.

Countryman Primoz Roglic, who wore the yellow jersey for nearly two weeks before ceding it after Saturday’s epic time trial, embraced Pogacar after a tearful defeat Saturday and again during Sunday’s stage.

Tasmanian Richie Porte, who moved from fourth place to third on Saturday, made his first Tour podium in his 10th start, a record according to ProCyclingStats.com. The age range on the Paris gloaming podium — more than 13 years — is reportedly the largest in Tour history.

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Three men on a Tour de France podium in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, each for the first time. Hasn’t been done since 2007, arguably the first Tour of a new era.

This Tour feels similarly guard-changing.

It barely got off, delayed two months by the coronavirus pandemic. Two days before the start, France’s prime minister said the virus was “gaining ground” in the nation and announced new “red zones” in the country, including parts of the Tour route.

Testing protocols meant that if any team had two members (cyclists or staff) test positive before the start or on either rest day, the whole team would be thrown out.

It never came to that. Yet the Tour finishes without 2019 champion, Colombian Egan Bernal, who last year became the first South American winner and, at the time, the youngest in more than 100 years.

Bernal abandoned last Wednesday after struggling in the mountains. His standings plummet signaled the end, at least for now, of the Ineos Grenadiers dynasty after five straight Tour titles dating to Chris Froome and the Team Sky days.

Jumbo-Visma became the new dominant team. The leader Roglic was ushered up climbs by several Jumbo men, including Sepp Kuss, the most promising American male cyclist in several years.

What a story Roglic was shaping up to be. A junior champion ski jumper, he was concussed in a training crash on the eve of what would have been his World Cup debut in 2007. Roglic never made it to the World Cup before quitting and taking up cycling years later.

As Roglic recovered from that spill in Planica, Pogacar had his sights on the Rog Ljubljana cycling club about 60 miles east. Little Tadej wanted to follow older brother Tilen into bike racing, but the club didn’t have a bike small enough.

The following spring, they found one. Pogacar was off and pedaling. In 2018, at age 18, he was offered a contract and then signed with UAE Team Emirates, his first World Tour team. The next year, Pogacar finished third at the Vuelta a Espana won by Roglic, becoming the youngest Grand Tour podium finisher since 1974.

Pogacar was initially slated to support another rider, Fabio Aru, for UAE Emirates at this year’s Tour. But his continued ascent propelled him into a team leader role.

Bernal and Roglic entered the Tour as co-favorites. After that, Pogacar was among a group of podium contenders but perhaps with the highest ceiling.

He stayed with the favorites for much of the Tour, save losing 81 seconds on the seventh stage, caught on the wrong end of a split after a crash in front of him.

“I’m not worried,” Pogacar said that day. “We will try another day.”

The next day, actually. He reeled back half of the lost time, putting him within striking distance of Roglic going into Saturday’s 22-mile time trial, the so-called “race of truth.”

Pogacar put in a performance in the time trial that reminded of Greg LeMond‘s epic finale in 1989. Pogacar won the stage by 81 seconds, greater than the margin separating second place from eighth place. Roglic was a disappointing fifth on the day, but he could have finished second and still lost all of his 57-second lead to Pogacar.

Pogacar turns 22 on Monday, but that might not add much to the celebration.

“Sorry,” he said, “but I’m not really a fan of my birthdays.”

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