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Mikaela Shiffrin highlights Olympic sports action this week

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin looks to continue an already spectacular World Cup season this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia, the final event before the World Championships. The 23-year-old has 11 World Cup wins so far this season, three shy of the single-season record held for 30 years by Swiss skier Vreni Schneider. Shiffrin is expected to compete in both slalom and giant slalom in Maribor, live Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

The World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships begin this week in Park City, Utah. Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis is expected to contend for her sixth world title in the first event, snowboard cross, airing Friday at 1 pm on NBCSN.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Kitzbuehel, Austria; Maribor, Slovenia; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 4:00 p.m. Men’s Downhill & Super-G* NBCSN
Tuesday 11:00 p.m. Men’s Slalom* NBCSN
Friday 4:00 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. Women’s Giant Slalom* NBCSN
Saturday 4:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill (CANCELED) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 2:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom* NBCSN
4:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) (CANCELED) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) (CANCELED) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold

*Same-day and next-day delay

CURLING WORLD CUP — Jonkoping, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. Norway Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
11:30 a.m. Men’s: Sweden vs. USA Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Thursday 12:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. Norway* NBCSN
10:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: China vs. USA Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
12:00 p.m. Mixed Doubles: China vs. USA* NBCSN
2:00 p.m. Women’s: USA vs. Japan Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Friday 10:00 a.m. Men’s: USA vs. Sweden Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
11:00 p.m. Men’s: USA vs. Sweden* NBCSN
Saturday 6:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. China OlympicChannel
10:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. China* Olympic Channel
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game OlympicChannel
6:00 a.m. Men’s Gold Medal Game OlympicChannel
10:00 a.m. Women’s Gold Medal Game Olympic Channel
6:00 p.m. Gold Medal Games NBCSN
9:30 p.m. Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game* Olympic Channel
Monday 5:00 p.m. Men’s Gold Medal Game* Olympic Channel

*Same-day and next-day delay

CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — Bogense, Denmark

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 5:00 a.m. Junior Men OlympicChannel.com
7:00 a.m. Men’s Under-23 OlympicChannel.com
9:00 a.m. Women’s Elite Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 5:00 a.m. Women’s Under-23 OlympicChannel.com
9:00 a.m. Men’s Elite OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Men’s Elite* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay Men’s Elite races stream live on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

SHOW JUMPING WORLD CUP — Guadalajara, Mexico

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Sunday 9:00 a.m. From Guadalajara, Mexico* Olympic Channel

*Pre-recorded

FREESTYLE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — Park City, Utah

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 1:00 p.m. Snowboard Cross NBCSN NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 3:00 p.m. Ski Cross Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. Freeski: Big Air Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 1:00 a.m. Ski Cross* NBCSN
1:00 p.m. Team Snowboard Cross Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. Freeski: Big Air* NBCSN
5:00 p.m. Team Snowboard Cross* NBCSN

*Next-day delay

MEN’S HANDBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Tuesday 12:00 a.m. Gold Medal Match: Denmark vs. Norway* NBCSN

*Pre-recorded

LUGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WORLD CUP — Winterberg, Germany; Altenberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 10:30 p.m. FIL World Luge Championships* NBCSN
Saturday 3:00 a.m. Doubles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
4:30 a.m. Doubles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
5:50 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
7:35 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
2:00 p.m. Men’s Singles* Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Doubles* Olympic Channel
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
4:50 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
7:00 a.m. Team Relay OlympicChannel.com
3:00 p.m. Women’s Singles* Olympic Channel
10:00 p.m. From Altenberg, Germany* NBCSN

*Pre-recorded and same-day delay

NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP — Klingenthal, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 6:55 a.m. Men’s HS140 OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Men’s 10km OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s HS140 OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Men’s 10km OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold

SAILING WORLD CUP — Miami, Florida

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 12:00 p.m. From Miami, Florida OlympicChannel.com
Sunday 12:00 p.m. From Miami, Florida OlympicChannel.com

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Oberstdorf, Germany; Hizenbach, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
6:30 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
Saturday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
Sunday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
4:00 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
9:00 p.m. Ski Flying* NBCSN

*Same-day delay

SPEED SKATING WORLD CUP — Hamar, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 9 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 1* Olympic Channel
Saturday 10:30 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 2* Olympic Channel
Sunday 10 a.m. Day 3 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 3* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

SHORT TRACK WORLD CUP — Dresden, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 8:50 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
8:30 p.m. Day 1* Olympic Channel
Sunday 9:05 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m. Day 2* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP — Hong Kong

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 12:00 p.m. From Hong Kong* Olympic Channel

*Pre-recorded

ISTAF INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD — Berlin, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday TBA ISTAFF Indoor NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. ISTAFF Indoor* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

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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