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Mac Cardona thankful to Franz Pumaren for giving him chance to make PBA return

PBA Media Bureau
Almost a year after getting hospitalized due to drug overdose, Mac Cardona is within reach of a PBA comeback. And he has GlobalPort Batang Pier coach Franz Pumaren to thank for.

The former scoring champion is currently practicing with GlobalPort Batang Pier after Pumaren, who handled Cardona in his collegiate years in the UAAP, gave him another chance to return to the game he loves.

“Nung na-hospitalize ako a few months ago, si Coach Franz yung isa sa mga special people na bumisita sa akin,” Cardona said. “Sabi niya sa akin noon, kung ready ka na mag-basketball, sabihin mo lang.”

Pumaren said opening his doors to Cardona is his way to help “The Captain Hook” start anew.

“Tayo naman willing tayong tumulong be it sa pagbibigay ng opportunity sa players or even sa buhay ng tao,” Pumaren said.

Pumaren clarified Cardona is not guaranteed to make it to the active roster. But he said that the player is really determined to get back on track.

“Medyo nabigla lang kasi ang tagal hindi naglalaro eh,” Pumaren said.

Cardona, who had a brief stint with Zark’s Burger in the PBA D-League, said he has been religiously practicing with the Batang Pier.

“Araw-araw pa rin akong nasa ensayo ng GlobalPort. Medyo natigil lang ako dahil sa minor calf injury pero OK na ako,” Cardona told InterAksyon.

Philippines will host 2019 SEA Games after all

Philippine Navy personnel prevent the giant flag from touching the ground at the start of celebrations on Sunday (May 28) for the National Flag Days 2017 and celebration of the victory in the 1898 Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite (PNA photo by Avito C.Dalan)
The Philippines is back as host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

That after Philippine sports officials had a change of heart following their announcement last July that the country would no longer host the biennial games to give way to the rehabilitation of conflict-stricken Marawi.

In contrast to the original plan of staging the event in Davao, organizers are looking at Zambales, Pampanga and Bulacan as possible host cities.

Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano was appointed as the SEA Games Organizing Committee Chairman.

This will mark the fourth time that the Philippines will serve as host of the regional games. The country last staged the event in 2005.

South Korea has the tools to regain Asian basketball supremacy, say Guiao and Black

FIBA photo
The competition in the Asian basketball scene may be tough especially with the inclusion of Australia and New Zealand in the region this year, but multi-titled coaches Yeng Guiao and Norman Black believe that South Korea
South Korea has the tools to regain supremacy in the continent.

The two coaches who once handled the national team in the past made that observation after watching Gilas Pilipinas get a 118-86 drubbing at the hands of the Koreans in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals.

“Hindi lang siya designed para talunin tayo. Designed rin siya to beat China, New Zealand and even Australia. In short, Korea’s basketball philosophy is geared towards regaining basketball supremacy in Asia,” Guiao said.

“I think they’ve sent their best team in the competition and not only did they send their best team, they are obviously well-prepared,” Black said.

Guiao is in awe of the discipline and selflessness of Korean basketball which thrives on ball movement, three-point shooting and team defense.

“It’s the culture they bring which made the team great. They veered away from emulating the Americans and developed their own style of play. In fact, yung game natin against them was a battle between style and substance. We have the best talent, but we lost to a better team. Kung ang Gilas, puso ang pinaiiral, yung Korea naman, utak,” Guiao said.

Manuel Senni wins Colorado Classic

BMC's Manuel Senni wrapped up the overall title at the Colorado Classic on Sunday, finishing safely as the pack sprinted across the stage 4 finish line in Denver with Mihkel Räim (Israel Cycling Academy) nabbing the stage.

Raim's stage win survived a protest from Nippo - Vini Fantini's Marco Canola, who complained after the finish that Raim had deviated to his right in the sprint and boxed the Italian in. The race jury reviewed the video of the finale and upheld Raim's result. UnitedHealthcare's Travis McCabe earned runner-up honours on the day with Alfredo Rodríguez (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) taking third and Canola in fourth.

"I've tried many times in Europe and here in the states and been so close. I'm very happy it's finally come," Raim said, before addressing Canola's protest. "I stayed on the straight line, I didn't move from that path. Marco tried to come on the right but there was no space.

"For me, this is for sure the biggest victory in my career, and for the team also. We are very happy. This helps us to have more sponsors and people know our team more. We aren't just a cycling team, we are something else. It's an Israeli team, but we have so many different nationalities in the team and we're like a big family. It doesn't matter where you're from."

For BMC, the order of the day was simply keeping the race under control and keeping Senni upright within the peloton. With the race finishing in a sprint and Senni safe in the pack, it was mission accomplished for the American team and Italian rider, who eked out a top 10 result in the final kick for good measure.

"The team rode for me all day and I was still in the front in the last kilometer to stay out of trouble and take no risk, so I could even do the sprint," Senni said. "I finished tenth, which was enough to keep the jersey. It was perfect.

"It's really great, to win here with so many people on the roads and so friendly, it's something special.

"For me this is an important victory that gives me a lot of morale for the rest of the season and next year. It is important for a rider to win a race, because after it changes something in your mind and gives you the morale."

McCabe wrapped up the sprint classification, having finished on the stage podiums a frustrating three times without netting a victory. "I'm definitely happy winning the sprint jersey. It shows the consistency I have, and I feel like I rode great all week long," McCabe said. "The form was great coming off Utah. But I am disappointed to not come away with a win. Two seconds and a third is great, but when you don't win it's a little bittersweet."

How it unfolded

The final stage of the Colorado Classic in downtown Denver – just 10 laps of an 11-kilometre circuit – was quite a bit more controlled and predictable than the previous two stages. The breakaway went clear on the first lap of the bumpy, technical loop, with Antonio Molina (Caja Rural), Fabio Calabria (Novo Nordisk) and Ruben Companioni (Holowesko-Citadel) being joined by Christopher Blevins (Axeon Hagens Berman).

The quartet came together and quickly gained time as they sped through City Park, ending the first lap with almost a minute. With UnitedHealthcare's Gavin Mannion almost single handedly controlling the gap, the leaders gained 1:45 as their maximum gap on the third lap, at the end of which Blevins took the intermediate sprint bonus.

The gap had come down to 1:30 at the second sprint, as Trek-Segafredo and BMC started contributing to the chase. Campanioni led the breakaway across the line for the second sprint, but even with the time bonus, the Cuban – best placed in the breakaway at 15:59 – was no threat to Senni's overall lead.

With three laps to go, Jelly Belly began to help out, bringing the gap back down to 1:15, and the increased manpower in the peloton continued to help steadily decrease the leader's advantage over the next laps.

Molina took the sprint bonus with two laps to go over Campanioni while in the peloton behind Cannondale-Drapac lost Will Clarke to a crash in a turn, but there was no time to wait as the pursuit of the breakaway was in full flight with 22 kilometres remaining.

When the gap had come down to 40 seconds, Campanioni launched his move, leaving his companions behind with a 21-kilometre individual pursuit ahead of him. Molina waited a moment but then made his own attack to go across to the Holowesko rider, and succeeded before they reached the feed zone, where Campanioni picked up an ice sock to help cool him in the sweltering conditions.

Calabria and Blevins rapidly lost ground and then were picked up by the peloton with 18.2 kilometers to go. Campanioni and Molina pressed on with a 30 second advantage, but they too were swept up as Trek-Segafredo began to ramp up the pace for Reijnen.

By the time Campanioni led across the line for one lap to go, the peloton had the pair in their sights, sweeping them up in short order to set up the final kick.

Trek-Segafredo, Israel Cycling Academy and UnitedHealthcare battled for position coming onto the final straight with UnitedHealthcare the last team with a lead-out man at the front. McCabe was the first of the contenders to launch but Raim came around quickly and surged to the front.

Canola tried to pull past on Raim's right but ran out of room, immediately throwing up his arms in protest. Raim held on for the win.

"I was faster than [Raim] but I was on the right side and I couldn't go on the left. At the start of the sprint I was on the right side but [whoever] was in front did not take the straight line. I had to stop and did the last 80 metres without pedaling," Canola said. "It was frustrating for me because I knew today was a good chance."

The jury deemed Raim's sprint legal, solidifying the result, with Canola settling for fourth.

"The final was really hectic because there were two corners and a long finishing straight," Raim said. "I lost my lead-out guys at some point. It wasn't good to lose them because I can always count on them. I think tactically I made a good choice - I let Travis McCabe's lead out pass me, and I knew Travis was also coming from behind. I just stuck on his wheel and when he launched the sprint I was waiting two or three seconds then started my sprint. That's how Canola started to come on the right a little bit. I closed the door on the right side like every sprinter has to do. It was just pure legs."

Senni rolled home 10th to wrap up the overall title.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 2:32:50
2 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
3 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
4 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:00:01
5 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
6 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
7 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
8 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
9 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
10 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
11 Miguel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
12 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
13 Ulises Castillo (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
14 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:03
15 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16 Jhonatan Navarez (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman
17 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
18 Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:04
19 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
20 Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
21 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
22 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
23 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:05
24 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
25 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
26 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
27 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
28 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:06
29 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
30 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling
31 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
32 Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling
33 Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy
34 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
35 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:07
36 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
37 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
38 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:00:08
39 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
40 Alex Hoehn (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
41 Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:00:10
42 Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:11
43 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
44 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
45 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:12
46 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac
47 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
48 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:14
49 Eder Frayre (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
50 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:17
51 Manuel Sola Arjona (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:18
52 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:19
53 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:23
54 Jean Claude Uwizeye (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling
55 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk 0:00:24
56 Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25
57 Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:00:39
58 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:00:43
59 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:44
60 Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:52
61 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:53
62 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
63 Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team
64 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:54
65 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
66 Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
67 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:00:55
68 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:16
69 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:01:28
70 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:02:00
71 Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:02:05
72 Seid Lizde (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:11
73 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:24
74 Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
75 Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 0:02:25
76 Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:47
77 Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
78 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
79 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:03:57
80 Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:11
81 Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:04:12
82 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:05:19
83 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
84 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:06:56
85 Didier Munyaneza (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:16:26
DNF William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 15 pts
2 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 12
3 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 10
4 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 7
5 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 6
6 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 5
7 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 4
8 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 3
9 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 2
10 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1
Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 5 pts
2 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 3
3 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 1
Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 5 pts
2 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 3
3 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1
Sprint 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 5 pts
2 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 3
3 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 1
Regional riders
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 2:32:50
2 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
3 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
4 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
5 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling
6 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo
7 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
8 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
9 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:17
10 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:23
11 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:52
12 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:16
13 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:05:19
14 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:06:56
Young riders
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 2:32:50
2 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
3 Jhonatan Navarez (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman
4 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
5 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6 Alex Hoehn (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
7 Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:00:10
8 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:23
9 Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:00:39
10 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:02:00
11 Seid Lizde (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
12 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:03:57
13 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:05:19
14 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:06:56
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Israel Cycling Academy 7:38:30
2 BMC Racing Team
3 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
4 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5 Nippo - Vini Fantini
6 UAE Team Emirates
7 Trek-Segafredo
8 Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear
9 Rally Cycling
10 Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:10
11 Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 0:00:14
12 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
13 Silber Pro Cycling 0:02:44
14 Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:47
15 Team Rwanda Cycling 0:03:07
16 Axeon Hagens Berman 0:04:07
Final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 12:00:35
2 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:15
3 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:31
4 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:00:33
5 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:44
6 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 0:01:05
7 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16
8 Miguel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:19
9 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:21
10 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:02:22
11 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:33
12 Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:47
13 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:03:00
14 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:03:06
15 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac 0:03:07
16 Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:58
17 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
18 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:06
19 Jhonatan Navarez (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:08:04
20 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:08:23
21 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:09:52
22 Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:15:46
23 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
24 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:15:52
25 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:15:58
26 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:15:59
27 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:16:21
28 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:17:27
29 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:20:14
30 Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 0:20:48
31 Eder Frayre (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:21:13
32 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:21:56
33 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:22:20
34 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:22:38
35 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:22:39
36 Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:22:43
37 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:23:26
38 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:24:02
39 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:25:29
40 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 0:26:28
41 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:27:30
42 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:27:34
43 Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:27:54
44 Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy 0:28:07
45 Seid Lizde (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:28:27
46 Manuel Sola Arjona (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:28:45
47 Jean Claude Uwizeye (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:28:50
48 Alex Hoehn (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:29:00
49 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:29:03
50 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy 0:29:05
51 Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:29:06
52 Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:29:15
53 Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 0:29:24
54 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 0:29:34
55 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:30:17
56 Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:30:26
57 Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy 0:30:41
58 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:31:48
59 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:32:16
60 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:32:42
61 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:33:09
62 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:33:13
63 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:33:59
64 Ulises Castillo (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:34:16
65 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
66 Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling 0:34:31
67 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 0:35:08
68 Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:35:29
69 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:35:58
70 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:36:15
71 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk 0:37:19
72 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 0:37:27
73 Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:40:06
74 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:40:17
75 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:41:00
76 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:42:06
77 Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk 0:42:20
78 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:42:31
79 Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy 0:42:44
80 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:43:14
81 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:44:25
82 Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:45:49
83 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:49:47
84 Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 1:00:35
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 43 pts
2 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 28
3 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 25
4 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 24
5 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 20
6 Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 15
7 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 15
8 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 14
9 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 11
10 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 11
11 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 10
12 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 10
13 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 9
14 Miguel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 6
15 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 6
16 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5
17 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 5
18 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 5
19 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 5
20 Jhonatan Navarez (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman 4
21 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 3
22 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 3
23 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 3
24 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 3
25 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 2
26 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 1
27 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac 1
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19 pts
2 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 14
3 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 9
4 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 8
5 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 8
6 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 8
7 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5
8 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 5
9 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5
10 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 5
11 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 3
12 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 3
13 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 2
14 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 1
15 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1
16 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 1
Regional riders classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 12:00:50
2 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:16
3 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:50
4 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:08:08
5 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:15:31
6 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:15:44
7 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:22:23
8 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:23:47
9 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:30:02
10 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:32:27
11 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:32:58
12 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 0:34:53
13 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:35:43
14 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:40:45
Young riders classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jhonatan Navarez (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman 12:08:39
2 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:14:16
3 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:17:25
4 Seid Lizde (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:20:23
5 Alex Hoehn (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:20:56
6 Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo (Rwa) Team Rwanda Cycling 0:21:02
7 Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:21:11
8 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:22:13
9 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:24:12
10 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:25:05
11 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:25:55
12 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:27:54
13 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:32:13
14 Jose Rodriguez (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:36:21
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cannondale-Drapac 36:08:03
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21
3 Trek-Segafredo 0:09:25
4 BMC Racing Team 0:11:53
5 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:16:00
6 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:19:59
7 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:25:04
8 Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:26:24
9 Rally Cycling 0:42:45
10 Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:43:43
11 Silber Pro Cycling 1:01:11
12 Israel Cycling Academy 1:03:10
13 Axeon Hagens Berman 1:03:23
14 Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 1:13:33
15 Team Rwanda Cycling 1:15:30
16 Team Novo Nordisk 1:46:07

Tom Dumoulin up to second on WorldTour rankings

Tom Dumoulin's overall win at BinckBank Tour has lifted the Dutchman into second place on the WorldTour rankings. The was Dumoulin's second general classification of his career after the Giro d'Italia in May.

Photo: Dumoulin takes overall victory at BinckBank Tour

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) is still leading the rankings, having gone top following his E3 Harelbeke victory, while QuickStep-Floors continue to lead the team rankings. The Belgian squad has led the rankings since Dwars door Vlaanderen.

With nine WorldTour events to race in 2017, Dumoulin has closed in on Van Avermaet's 2956 points with the Sunweb riding moving to 2515 points. In third place is Sky's Michał Kwiatkowski on 2171 points with Alejandro Valverde fourth on 2105 points. Dan Martin (QuickStep-Floors) is the only other to have scored more than 200 points with 2040 to his name.

402 riders have now scored WorldTour points.

In the team standings, QuickStep-Floors holds a commanding lead over the other 17 teams. The Belgian squad has amassed 10428 points with BMC Racing a distant second on 9353 points. At the other end of the rankings, Dimension Data is last on 2073 points with FDJ second from last on 2923 points.

With the winner of the Vuelta a Espana (19 August-10 September) to be awarded 850 points, the WorldTour rankings will undergo a shake up. Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) has scored 1824 points thus far in 2017 and is aiming for the overall win in Spain.

The 2017 WorldTour concludes in October with the inaugural edition of the Tour of Guangxi in China.

WorldTour rankings - August 14

Individual
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2956 pts
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 2515
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 2171
4 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 2105
5 Dan Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 2040
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora–Hansgrohe 1944
7 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 1882
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 1865
9 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 1824
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 1711
11 Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek–Segafredo 1463
12 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 1419
13 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1396
14 Rigoberto Urán (Col) Cannondale–Drapac 1310
15 Ion Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain–Merida 1276
16 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha–Alpecin 1266
17 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 1206
18 Primož Roglic (Slo) LottoNL–Jumbo 1181
19 Mikel Landa (Esp) Team Sky 1150
20 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1100
21 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 1092
22 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica–Scott 1050
23 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha–Alpecin 1035
24 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek–Segafredo 992
25 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek–Segafredo 990
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Quick-Step Floors 10428 pts
2 BMC Racing Team 9353
3 Team Sky 9139
4 Orica–Scott 6621
5 Team Sunweb 6567
6 Movistar Team 6398
7 Trek–Segafredo 6181
8 Bora–Hansgrohe 5263
9 AG2R La Mondiale 4827
10 Cannondale–Drapac 4477
11 Team Katusha–Alpecin 4272
12 LottoNL–Jumbo 4075
13 Lotto–Soudal 3617
14 UAE Team Emirates 3575
15 Astana 3483
16 Bahrain–Merida 3238
17 FDJ 2923
18 Team Dimension Data 2073

Fans pay big money for Mayweather-McGregor tickets

Reuters photo


Fight fans attending the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor will have a chance to rub shoulders with the stars in Las Vegas — but it won’t come cheap.

The least expensive ticket listed on reseller StubHub is going for an eye-watering $1675 with two weeks to go until the Aug. 26 fight which pits undefeated boxer Mayweather against the UFC’s lightweight champion in a 12-round super welterweight matchup.

“Usually for these large events it’s comparable to a Super Bowl. There’s going to be a lot of stars at these events, especially in the high-priced ticket range, the ringside seats,” StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list event, so the die-hard Mayweather and McGregor fans are usually going to find their way to the event.”

The fight has not yet sold out, with high face values and a lack of access seeming to have slowed down demand.

Yet Leonard Ellebre, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, dismissed concerns about the fight’s popularity earlier in the week.

“This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. They’re the only thing that sells out in seconds,” he told reporters at Mayweather’s media workout in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“Right now we have over $60 million in ticket sales – what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow?

“We’re talking about tickets that go form $500 to $10,000. That’s an expensive ticket.”

The $60 million figure revealed by Ellebre dwarfs the UFC box office record of $17 million set at Madison Square Garden in November 2016 when McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title.

That, however, is still a long way short of Mayweather’s previous record of $72 million in ticket sales, a figure achieved when he met Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2015.

“Boxing is still number one, but we’ve seen more growth in MMA over the last two years, they’ve really built up their brand and we’re seeing the demand for it,” Papp said.

One reason for this growth is the enormous popularity of McGregor, and it was fan interest in the fight between the brash 29-year-old and the unbeaten Mayweather that led to it being arranged.

One seller on the Vivid Seats website has listed a pair of ringside seats for the contest at a staggering $164,043 each, but Papp says that prices in secondary markets are likely to come down closer to the event.

“You’re going to set your price pretty high early as a seller to see what you can get, but once you get closer to the event, sellers are looking to unload those tickets,” Papp explained.

With fans hard-pressed to afford tickets, other venues in Las Vegas are jumping on the bandwagon, with the RiRa Irish pub, a popular bar among McGregor supporters, selling tickets for $150 just to watch the pay-per-view broadcast on TV.

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