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Published 18 July 2016

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Friday 22 July
Cycling - Road: Froome in the driving seat with a third Tour title in his sights

Wednesday 20 July
Cycling - Road: Cummings replaces Kannaugh in GB Rio road race team

Tuesday 19 July
Canoeing: Belcher and Hannah handed late call up for Rio

Monday 18 July
Athletics: Doyle raises her game with PB in Monaco victory
Hockey: GB go undefeated to finish as Four Nations runners-up
Cycling - Road: Cavendish and Froome on top form in the Tour

Friday 22 July

Froome in the driving seat with a third Tour title in his sights

Cycling - Road: Chris Froome made giant strides towards a third Tour de France title with a 21 second victory in the uphill time trial at stage 18.

The defending champion, Froome, finished 1 minutes 25 seconds ahead of his closest rival for the yellow jersey, Bauke Mollema, who placed 17th in the stage from Sallanches to Megève.

Adam Yates took two seconds back on Mollema to remain third in the overall standings. Froome leads the general classification by 3 minutes 52 seconds with two mountain stages remaining before Sunday’s sprint along the Champs Elysees in Paris.

For more: British Cycling 

Wednesday 20 July

Cummings replaces Kannaugh in GB Rio road race team

Cycling - Road: Steve Cummings has stepped in to replace Peter Kannaugh in Great Britain’s road race team at the Rio Olympic Games.

Kannaugh volunteered to give up his place after struggling to return to form since suffering a broken collarbone at the Tour of California in May.

"Knowing I'm not able to give my best, I felt it was my duty to withdraw," 27-year-old Kannaugh said. The decision allows an opportunity for 35-year-old Cummings, who won stage seven of this year’s Tour de France.

Cummings joins Chris Froome, Adam Yates, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas in the men’s road race team.

Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the Tour de France with five stages remaining to fully focus on his track cycling preparations for Rio 2016.

For more: British Cycling

Tuesday 19 July

Belcher and Hannah handed late call up for Rio

Canoeing: Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah are packing their bags for Rio 2016 having received a late call up to the Great Britain canoe squad.

The International Canoe Federation have banned all 11 competitors selected by Romania, which has presented Belcher and Hannah an opportunity in the K2 kayak sprint event.

The pair finished third behind Romania’s Elena Moronic and Roxana Borha at the 2015 World Championships in Milan, and third behind Sweden and Austria in their European qualifier in Duisburg.

For more: British Canoeing

Monday 18 July

Doyle raises her game with PB in Monaco victory

Athletics: Eilidh Doyle roared to Diamond League victory with a new personal best 400m hurdles time in Monaco.

Doyle recorded 54.09 to seal her second triumph of the Diamond League season and vowed to go on and dip beneath 54 seconds.

Robbie Grabarz and Holly Bradshaw both finished joint fourth in the high jump and pole vault respectively, while Mo Farah placed fifth in the 1500m. Lynsey Sharp came in sixth in the 800m.

For more: British Athletics

GB go undefeated to finish as Four Nations runners-up

Hockey: Great Britain finished second overall and undefeated in the Four Nations invitational in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Britain opened with a 1-1 draw with Germany on Thursday, with David Condon netting an equaliser, and followed up with a 3-0 win over the Netherlands where Sam Ward scored twice either side of Henry Weir’s field goal on Saturday.

Simon Mantell struck a double to haul back a two-goal deficit against Belgium as GB wrapped up the campaign with a 2-2 tie on Sunday and finish as runner-up behind the hosts Germany.

For more: England Hockey

Cavendish and Froome on top form in the Tour

Cycling – Road: Mark Cavendish sprinted to his fourth stage win of this year’s Tour de France, and the 30th stage win of his career, on Saturday.

The Manxman outpaced Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan at the finish of the 14th stage, from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux.

Reigning champion Chris Froome retained control of the yellow jersey at the culmination of stage 15, keeping himself one minute 47 seconds ahead of the field, with Adam Yates in third place overall.

For more: British Cycling

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