Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Students benefit from open day at agricultural agencies

first_imgAgriculture Month observancesA display of tambaki and other fish reared in fresh and brackish water at the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station, Mon ReposStudents from Georgetown and East Coast Demerara schools on Thursday benefited from open day activities held at the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station.Head of NAREI, Dr Oudho Homenauth said the activities, though organised as part of the activities for Agriculture Month, were intended to expose the public and students in particular to the work of the various entities, a Government Information Agency (GINA) report stated.“They might be reading about it, especially from doing their School Based Assessments (SBAs) and whatever, but we want them to have the practical side of it. To actually see demonstrations being done and the actual structures and systems that are in operation,” Dr Homenauth explained.At NAREI, demonstrations included both field and laboratory activities which the Agency conducts in the execution of its mandate to aid in the development of sustainable agriculture.Detailing some of the exhibits on display, Dr Homenauth said the agency was continuously working on the development of solutions to common, local agricultural problems and was happy to expose students to the new methods and the benefits they bring to the farming community.“You’ll see for example the demonstration on the management of acoushi ants. We have been talking about how we intend to, in the long term, control the red palm mite fly using natural enemies instead of the use of chemicals alone. Since seeing is believing, they actually see the work being done,” Dr Homenauth said.Further, he stressed the importance of science in agriculture and said open day activities were also designed with this in mind. He is of the view that students must be able to have a practical experience of science in agriculture.“So for agriculture they must also know that they need a background in science as well, because it is science that runs agriculture anyway. Most of what we do here is science-based and that is what we want the young people to become familiar with,” the CEO encouraged.Over at the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station, students and teachers were treated to a guided tour and discussions on the importance of aquaculture in providing a reliable source of fish protein given the reduction in the country’s oceanic fish stock.Among the species displayed were the tambaki, a freshwater fish native to neighbouring Brazil, the Jamaican red tilapia, the grey tilapia, the Arapaima, basha and other local fish species.Students were exposed to information on methods of cultivating fish stock, harvesting fish and the preservation of fish and fish products for export.Open day activities were also held at the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA).Agriculture Month is observed in Guyana during the month of October. This year’s observances will see several activities being held across the regions to promote agricultural awareness.last_img read more