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NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week: What to watch on Saturday

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Usain Bolt‘s triple-gold-medal performance at the 2012 London Games highlights NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week programming on Saturday night.

Men’s sprints start the five-hour Return to London block at 10 p.m. ET. They’re followed by women’s sprints (11 p.m.), the women’s soccer final (12 a.m.) and men’s distance running (2 a.m.).

Bolt followed his world-record performances from the 2008 Beijing Games by sweeping the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in London. He became the second man to repeat as 100m champion (Carl Lewis) and the first to do it in the 200m.

Bolt carried more doubt to London than in Beijing. He was beaten in the Jamaican Olympic Trials by younger training partner Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m.

But Bolt saved his best for the Olympic stage, distancing his countryman by .12 in the 100m and 200m finals. Bolt broke his Olympic record in clocking 9.63 and ran the fourth-fastest 200m in history, 19.32.

LIVE STREAM: NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Saturday, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. ET

In the women’s sprints, Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross earned their long-awaited individual gold medals.

Felix, after taking 200m silver in 2004 and 2008, won the half-lap event in 21.88 seconds, defeating 100m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by .21. Felix would earn three golds in London, including in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay.

Richards-Ross took the 400m title, four years after fading to bronze as the favorite in Beijing. That 2008 race was especially emotional. Richards-Ross revealed nine years later that she had an abortion the day before flying out for the Games.

“I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal,” she wrote in her 2017 book, “Chasing Grace.”

The women’s soccer final between the U.S. and Japan was a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, won by Japan in a shootout. The U.S., after a thrilling, extra-time semifinal win over Canada, exacted revenge to win a third straight gold. Carli Lloyd, building her reputation as a clutch performer, scored both U.S. goals in a 2-1 victory.

The London Olympic men’s distance-running events produced arguably the moment of the Games. Kenyan David Rudisha broke the 800m world record by leading from start to finish. He clocked 1:40.91 and carried six of the seven men behind him to personal bests.

In other distance events, Americans picked up silver medals in the 1500m (Leo Manzano) and the 10,000m (Galen Rupp). Brit Mo Farah thrilled the home crowd by sweeping the 5000m and 10,000m.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Saturday, April 18

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
10 p.m. Return to London Track and Field: Men’s Sprints STREAM LINK
11 p.m. Return to London Track and Field: Women’s Sprints STREAM LINK
12 a.m. Return to London Women’s Soccer Final: USA-Japan STREAM LINK
2 a.m. Return to London Track and Field: Men’s Distance STREAM LINK

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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