WATCH LIVE: Monaco Diamond League with Lyles, Brazier, Holloway

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World champions Noah LylesDonavan Brazier and Grant Holloway headline the strongest track and field meet of 2020, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold on Friday.

The Diamond League season begins, four months later than originally scheduled, in Monaco.

Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Lyles leads the field in the 200m, where he is the fourth-fastest man in history. This is the biggest meet of Lyles’ season, which means he may be aiming to improve on his personal best of 19.50 seconds.

The three men ahead of him on the all-time list: Usain Bolt (19.19), Yohan Blake (19.26) and Michael Johnson (19.32).

Lyles’ competition in Monaco includes, for the first time internationally, his younger brother, Josephus.

WATCH LIVE: Monaco Diamond League

Brazier has been arguably more dominant than Lyles over the last year. The 23-year-old swept the world and Diamond League 800m titles in 2019, breaking a 34-year-old American record.

In Monaco, he faces the rest of the top four from 2019 Worlds, but none of them have beaten Brazier since the start of 2018. Brazier is the joint ninth-fastest man in history at 1:42.34.

Holloway is also coming off an impressive 2019. He ran more than 40 races going into the world championships final in Doha, where he became the first American to claim a global 110m hurdles title since 2013.

In Monaco, Holloway can look to improve on his personal best of 12.98 seconds and notch his first Diamond League win in his second start on the circuit.

Other world champions in action Friday include Sam Kendricks (pole vault, facing world-record holder Mondo Duplantis), Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles), Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m) and Hellen Obiri (5000m, facing world 1500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan)

MORE: Noah, Josephus Lyles take 4-year journey to Monaco

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

2024 Tour de France Nice

The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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