Overseas jockeys allowed to ride on Group One racedays in Ireland after changes to Covid-19 guidance


Overseas jockeys allowed to ride on Group One racedays in Ireland after the Irish Government revises guidance on Covid-19 quarantine protocols for athletes ahead of Longines Irish Champions Weekend 

  • The Irish Government enforced a 14-day isolation period for any new arrivals
  • But Ireland have now changed their coronavirus regulations for sportspeople 
  • Elite athletes – including jockeys – now no longer have to quarantine in Ireland
  • The Longines Irish Champions Weekend begins in the country next week

Overseas jockeys will be permitted to ride on Group One racedays in Ireland following a change to Covid-19 quarantine protocols for sportspeople.

The Irish Government has enforced a 14-day self-isolation period for anyone arriving in Ireland from all but a handful of locations, with the UK on the list of nations which required that quarantine spell.

That has meant no riders based outside of Ireland have competed across the Irish Sea, with British trainers having to work around the protocols to send runners across so far this summer and Irish-based jockeys that have ridden in Britain or France, such as Colin Keane, Seamie Heffernan and Billy Lee, having had to isolate on return.

Overseas jockeys are now allowed to ride on Group One racedays in Ireland this year

However, with Longines Irish Champions Weekend on the horizon next week, Horse Racing Ireland had appealed to the Government for clarification regarding exemptions for elite athletes and sportspeople.

The Government has now revised its guidance, allowing riders to compete without spending 14 days on the sidelines subject to strict measures, but HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh has underlined the changes will only apply for the biggest racedays and will be restricted to a small amount of jockeys.

He said: “We have had a change in the Government protocols concerning sportspeople and athletes published today, but it is very much on a case-by-case basis.

The decision was made ahead of next week's Longines Irish Champions Weekend

The decision was made ahead of next week’s Longines Irish Champions Weekend

“It will be limited to a small number of riders and only for Group One races.

“Jockeys travelling to ride would be at the lower end of the risk scale as they are operating in secure environments, but it will be on a case-by-case basis.

“Each application will be risk assessed by the medical officer, with risks around contact in travel managed and health checks both before and after.”

The change in policy means Ryan Moore, who flew to Ireland last Saturday to start his quarantine ahead of Champions Weekend, will now be able to jet back to the UK to take part in Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Moore opted to start his self-isolation in order to ensure he would be available to ride the likes of Magical and Battleground on what is the biggest weekend of Flat action of the year in Ireland.

It also opens the door for William Buick to potentially make the trip should Charlie Appleby decide to run the world’s highest-rated horse, Ghaiyyath, in the feature Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday week.



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Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again


Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown 

  • Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in International Stakes at York
  • Japan has hampered by a foot issue in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 
  • Ghaiyyath’s participation appears to hinge on availability of jockey William Buick

Aidan O’Brien says he would relish the opportunity to take on Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown a week on Saturday.

The participation of the Charlie Appleby-trained colt appears to hinge on whether regular jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount which needs a change in the rules on quarantine for elite athletes entering Ireland.

But if the Godolphin-owned colt, who has won the Coronation Cup, Eclipse and International Stakes, lines up in the signature race of Longines Irish Champions weekend, he will face a team which is headed by Magical, last year’s winner, and Japan.

Ghaiyyath’s participation hinges on whether jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount

Six-time group one winner Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in last month’s International Stakes at York last month while Japan has recovered from a foot issue that emerged after he was last of three to Enable in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

O’Brien said: ‘We were delighted with Magical at York. It was her first run back of the Autumn campaign. Ryan (Moore) thought she might progress a bit from the run. She is a hardy lady and she gives her all.

‘When we run we get a look at our own horses and everyone else’s and we re-group and see if we can improve things and do a few little tweeks.

‘Japan came back from Ascot with very sore soles in his front feet. We don’t know if it was pressure from his shoes or he stood on something. He was lame for a few days after and we rode him out barefoot for 10 days and he came back 100 per cent sound.

‘He is travelling really well in his work and everything seems to be good now. We felt it was a legitimate excuse for what happened to him.

‘It would be great for everybody if Ghaiyyath came over. It’s a very prestigious race and it is great it happens in Ireland.’

Irish 2,000 Guineas second Vatican City, who was eighth in the Derby and then last in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being galloped into and losing his action, is another O’Brien Champion Stakes possible.

O’Brien first won the Irish Champion Stakes with Giant’s Causeway 20 years ago. He has won the race eight times.

Other big race plans for O’Brien over Irish Champions weekend include running Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and French Oaks third Peaceful in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

On day two of Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh, O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign spearheads his attack in the Comer Group International Irish Leger while Battleground, winner of the Chesham Stakes and Vintage Stakes, attempts a first group one race win in the National Stakes.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, September 3


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, September 3

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Newcastle, Chelmsford City, Salisbury, Southwell and Haydock. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings

NEWCASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

12.50 Gunmaker (nap)

1.25 Bellissime

2.00 Fivethousandtoone

2.30 Lights On

3.00 Run This Way

3.35 Aiya

4.10 Serenading (nb)

4.45 Wade’s Magic

GIMCRACK    

12.50 Lincoln Red

1.25 Kats Bob

2.00 High Security

2.30 Lights On

3.00 Run This Way

3.35 Contrast

4.10 Bobby Joe Leg

4.45 Wade’s Magic

Northerner – 1.25 Bellissime (nap); 4.10 Dande (nb).

CHELMSFORD CITY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

5.15 Third Kingdom

5.50 Country’n’western

6.20 Pitcher’s Point

6.50 Alnaseem

7.20 Bint Australia

7.50 Nature Lover

8.20 Summit Fever

8.50 Justified

GIMCRACK    

5.15 Watch Me

5.50 Percy Toplis

6.20 Bavardages

6.50 Alnaseem

7.20 Khaalis

7.50 Greycoat

8.20 Summit Fever

8.50 Justified

Newmarket – 5.15 Third Kingdom (nap); 6.20 Pitcher’s Point (nb).

SALISBURY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

1.00 Amazon Princess

1.35 Win Win Power

2.10 Mahomes

2.40 Light Refrain

3.10 Happy Romance

3.40 Chil Chil

4.15 Moonraker

4.50 Nasraawy

GIMCRACK     

1.00 Amazon Princess

1.35 Wightman

2.10 Mahomes

2.40 Noon Star

3.10 Time Scale (nap)

3.40 Bimble (nb)

4.15 Shesadabber

4.50 Nasraawy

SOUTHWELL

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.00 Cillian’s Well

4.30 Mrs Miggins

5.00 Go Chique

5.30 Ranco

6.00 Proper Ticket

6.30 Unexpected Party

7.00 Leroy Leroy

7.30 Big Penny

 GIMCRACK

4.00 Agentleman

4.30 Lough Salt

5.00 Wait For The Lord

5.30 Thunder King

6.00 Break The Rules

6.30 Hasanabad

7.00 Leroy Leroy

7.30 Big Penny

HAYDOCK

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.10 Daysan

1.45 Running Back

2.20 Pleasant Man

2.50 Ostilio

3.20 Sun Bear

3.50 Without A Fight

4.20 Lady Scatterley

 GIMCRACK

1.10 Coqueta

1.45 Wanted

2.20 Desert Quest

2.50 Ostilio

3.20 Salsada

3.50 Without A Fight

4.20 Das Kapital



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Frankie Dettori set to ride Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago in the St Leger at Doncaster


Frankie Dettori set to ride Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago in the St Leger at Doncaster

  • Dettori poised to pick up the 11-4 second favourite for final Classic of the season
  • O’Brien needs all his riding team for meetings at Leopardstown and the Curragh
  • The trainer has ruled Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth out of the St Leger

Frankie Dettori is being lined up to ride Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago in the Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster a week on Saturday.

O’Brien needs all his riding team for the Irish Champions meetings at Leopardstown and the Curragh next weekend where his British-based No 1 jockey Ryan Moore will also ride after entering a two-week quarantine period.

That leaves Dettori poised to pick up the mount the 11-4 second favourite for the final Classic of the season.

Frankie Dettori is being lined up to ride Irish Derby winner Santiago in the St Leger

O’Brien said: ‘We have spoken to Frankie and he is going to be there for the Leger which is great for us so hopefully he will ride some of ours. I imagine we will have to use British jockeys as we need the lads here.’

Dettori won the 2005 St Leger for O’Brien on Scorpion.

O’Brien has ruled Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth out of the St Leger. He was prominent in the ante-post betting but will probably run in the mile and a half Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown with O’Brien doubting he has stamina for the mile and three-quarters St Leger.

O’ Brien could also run Irish Derby third Dawn Patrol and Mythical in the St Leger.

Since his Irish Derby win Santiago finished third to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup over two miles.

O’Brien said: ‘Goodwood maybe did not work as we would have liked. We usually like to take our time on him but he hit the gates and Ryan couldn’t get him back. He was sitting in second position maybe in a gear too high all the way.

‘Because of that he went from travelling well and having to ask him to go and race and he really didn’t get his breath to go again. But it didn’t do him any harm and he seems in good form again.’



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Jockey Moore enters two-week quarantine in Ireland so he can ride in the Irish Champions weekend


Jockey Ryan Moore enters two-week quarantine in Ireland so he can ride in the Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown

Jockey Ryan Moore has entered a two-week quarantine period in Ireland so he will be able to ride at Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown on Saturday week and the Curragh the following afternoon.

Moore is No 1 jockey to trainer Aidan O’Brien but COVID-19 restrictions mean he has been unable to ride in Ireland this season.

Speaking in his Betfair blog, the three-time champion jockey said: ‘Irish Champions Weekend is so important that it made total sense for me to come over. It is a major meeting that you always want to be part of. It is a shame that there will be no one on track, but it is a fantastic programme of racing with top-class horses.

COVID-19 restrictions mean Ryan Moore has been unable to ride in Ireland this season

‘I am not sure what I will be riding yet – but I imagine the likes of Magical, Japan, Peaceful, Fancy Blue and Battleground, and plenty of others besides, will all be in the mix.

‘I am also not certain what I am going to do on my own for the next 10 days or so, but it is no big deal in the grand scheme of things, and at least the prospect of riding on two of Ireland’s best, most important and prestigious days in the Flat calendar will hopefully make the time go quicker.’

Moore’s decision means he will miss the Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday week. He was expected to ride O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago in the final Classic of the season.

Frankie Dettori has been undergoing quarantine after a success stint riding in France. He is pencilled in to ride at Chelmsford on Thursday ahead of taking the mount on dual Arc winner Enable in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday. 



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Roger Teal withdraws stable star Oxted from Betfair Sprint Cup following unsatisfactory workout 


Roger Teal withdraws stable star Oxted from Betfair Sprint Cup following unsatisfactory workout

  • Teal’s star has established himself as one of the season’s leading speedsters
  • The four-year-old won the Abernant Stakes and the July Cup at Newmarket 
  • But Teal has confirmed his charge will not be making the trip to Haydock

Favourite Oxted will miss the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock following an unsatisfactory workout on Tuesday morning.

Roger Teal’s stable star has established himself as one of the season’s leading speedsters, following up victory in the Abernant Stakes with a popular triumph in the July Cup at Newmarket – a first Group One success for both Teal and jockey Cieren Fallon.

The four-year-old son of Mayson was a best priced 4-1 second-favourite for Saturday’s top-level feature on Merseyside, but Teal has confirmed his charge will not be making the trip north.

Favourite Oxted (centre) will miss the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday

He said: ‘I’ve spoken to the owners, and we’ve decided we’re going to miss Saturday because he just didn’t fire this morning, unfortunately.

‘We’ve had a trach wash done, and we’re still waiting on the results of that. Everything was fine yesterday, and the horse worked really well on Saturday, but didn’t this morning.

‘We always let him tell us in his final bit of work before a race whether he’s ready for it, and I just wasn’t happy, and you can’t go into a Group One if you’re not 100 per cent confident the horse is at the top of his game.

‘It’s devastating for all of us, because we’ve been looking forward to going to Haydock for a long time – but with the ground on the softer side as well, we have to be 110 per cent sure, because if he did run and disappointed I’d kick myself to the church and back.’

Oxted’s next objective is likely to be the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot next month.

‘We’ll see what the trach wash shows up, but we have got Champions Day,’ Teal added.

‘It’s disappointing to be missing Haydock, but that’s horses for you. All the boxes need to ticked.’



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, September 2


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, September 2

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at Wolverhampton, Lingfield, Hexham, Uttoxeter and Bath. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

4.30 Morjhana

5.00 Gold Zabeel

5.35 Lequinto

6.10 Marvel

6.45 Dynamo Walt

7.15 Faisal

7.45 Final Attack

8.15 Thomas Percy

8.45 Nikolayeva

GIMCRACK    

4.30 Desert Vision

5.00 Fresh Snow

5.35 Harbour Vision

6.10 Jungle Inthebungle

6.45 Qaaraat

7.15 Faisal

7.45 Final Attack

8.15 Chosen Star

8.45 Nikolayeva

Northerner – 4.30 Morjhana (nap); 5.00 Gold Zabeel (nb). 

LINGFIELD 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

2.10 Waliyak

2.40 Law Of One

3.10 Immortal Beloved

3.40 Night On Earth

4.10 Riffaa Wonder

4.45 Redemptive

5.15 Kraka

5.45 Thriller’s Moon

GIMCRACK    

2.10 Little Becky

2.40 Amtiyaz (nb)

3.10 Immortal Beloved (nap)

3.40 Asadjumeirah

4.10 Silent Queen

4.45 Gilt Edge

5.15 Lippy Lady

5.45 Mister Freeze

Newmarket – 2.10 Waliyak (nap); 2.40 Amtiyaz (nb).

HEXHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

4.15 Pisgah Pike

4.50 Somethinboutangela

5.25 Melody Of Scotland

6.00 Almost Gold

6.30 For Three

7.00 Roll Of Thunder (nb)

7.30 Court Baloo

GIMCRACK     

4.15 Nikgarde

4.50 Slainte Mhor

5.25 Hasankey

6.00 Dee Star

6.30 For Three

7.00 Agentleman

7.30 Motaraabet

UTTOXETER

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

12.40 Apres Le Deluge

1.15 Jessica Rabbit

1.50 Go As You Please

2.20 Captain Speaking

2.50 Chasamax

3.20 Oscar Rose

3.50 Perfect Myth

4.25 Translink

 GIMCRACK

12.40 Apres Le Deluge

1.15 Layerthorpe

1.50 City Never Sleeps

2.20 Silent Encore

2.50 Hunting Percival

3.20 Wishfull Dreaming

3.50 Sid Hoodie

4.25 San Agustin

BATH

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

2.00 David’s Beauty

2.30 Bobby On The Beat

3.00 Veleta

3.30 Arafi

4.00 Colony Queen

4.35 Magic Shuffle (nap)

5.05 Cogital

5.40 Essgee Nics

 GIMCRACK

2.00 Who Told Jo Jo

2.30 Bobby On The Beat

3.00 Veleta

3.30 Arafi

4.00 Sri Sene Power

4.35 With Pleasure

5.05 Arthalot

5.40 Essgee Nics



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Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash


Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash

  • Enable has emerged as heavy favourite ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Kempton
  • Trainer John Godsen has revealed stablemate Logician will not enter the race
  • Enable set for last British race before seeking third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton after confirmation John Gosden-trained stablemate Logician will not take her on even though the 2019 St Leger winner features among the nine entries.

Enable will be having what is expected to be her last race in Britain before trying to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on October 4 while Logician would be making his delayed seasonal debut after illness.

But Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘They won’t run against each other. Enable is very much an intended runner at this stage. 

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton

‘We entered Logician just in case, as he is nearing a return and we’re considering a couple of different options.’

Highest rated of Enable’s potential opponents is Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince of Arran, who has twice been placed in the Melbourne Cup.

Meanwhile Roger Teal-trained July Cup winner Oxted is 7-2 favourite for Saturday’s Group One Haydock Sprint Cup.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Tuesday, September 1


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Tuesday, September 1

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Tuesday’s meetings at Ripon, Kempton, Newton Abbot and Hamilton. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Tuesday’s meetings

RIPON 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

1.00 Risk Of Thunder

1.30 Little India

2.00 El Picador

2.30 John Clare

3.00 La Voix Magique

3.30 Pythagoras

4.00 I Am A Dreamer (nap)

4.35 Reassurance

GIMCRACK    

1.00 Winter Power (nb)

1.30 Chichloui

2.00 Olympic Conqueror

2.30 How Bizarre

3.00 Dreamseller

3.30 Pythagoras

4.00 Roundhay Park

4.35 Lion’s Vigil

Northerner – 1.00 Winter Power (nap); 2.30 Challet (nb) 

KEMPTON 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

1.15 Rodrigo Diaz

1.45 Crimson King

2.15 Uncle Bryn

2.45 Golden Claim

3.15 Performance Poet

3.45 Delilah Park

4.15 Nigel Nott

4.50 Shatha 

GIMCRACK    

1.15 Alvaro

1.45 Helian

2.15 Crystal Guard

2.45 Publicist (nap)

3.15 Saucy Encore

3.45 Melodic Charm

4.15 Full Authority

4.50 Arabian Warrior

Newmarket – 1.15 Rodrigo Diaz (nap); 2.15 Local Law (nb) 

NEWTON ABBOT 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW     

3.50 Horse Force One

4.25 Celestial Force

5.00 Kendelu

5.30 I’m Here

6.00 Aubusson

6.30 Teqany

7.00 Jaytrack Parkhomes

7.30 Apache Creek

GIMCRACK    

3.50 Horse Force One

4.25 Celestial Force

5.00 Kendelu

5.30 Final Choice

6.00 Captain Buck’s

6.30 Ferrobin

7.00 Blue N Yellow

7.30 Ever So Cool

HAMILTON 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

4.40 Burning Cash

5.15 Two Cop Bop (nb)

5.45 Quanah

6.15 Magna Moralia

6.45 Al Khabeer

7.15 Flying Moon

7.45 Antico Lady

 GIMCRACK

4.40 Cottam Lane

5.15 Two Cop Bop

5.45 Tommy G

6.15 Ralphy Boy Two

6.45 Doubling Dice

7.15 Ayr Poet

7.45 Sienna Dream



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Caleb Ewan outsmarts Sam Bennett to win Tour de France stage three as Alaphilippe retains lead 


Caleb Ewan outsmarts Sam Bennett to win Tour de France stage three as Julian Alaphilippe retains lead

  • Caleb Ewan won Tour de France stage three in hilly ride through Alpine foothills
  • The Australian overtook Sam Bennett to earn his fourth stage win of the Tour
  • France’s Julian Alaphilippe retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey
  • However, Briton Adam Yates could overtake Alaphillippe with stage four victory

Caleb Ewan hopes to ‘keep winning’ after taking victory in a sprint finish to stage three of the Tour de France in Sisteron, denying Sam Bennett on the line.

Australian Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) appeared from nowhere to weave his way through a congested bunch and pass Irishman Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) just before the finish line.

Italian and European road race champion Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) finished third while Julian Alaphilippe held on to the yellow jersey.

Caleb Ewan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France

The 26-year-old Australian celebrates on the podium after his fourth stage win of the Tour

The 26-year-old Australian celebrates on the podium after his fourth stage win of the Tour

It was Ewan’s fourth Tour stage win after three victories on his debut last year and after the race he said: ‘The last few days haven’t been great for us, after we crashed on the first day and lost a couple of guys.

‘But everyone stayed motivated and we all knew if it all went right, I could win the sprint today. Everyone today gave it 110 per cent and it worked.

‘This is the biggest race in the world and I’m so happy to get another win and prove last year wasn’t a fluke. I hope to keep coming back and keep winning.

‘With the calibre of sprinter here it’s always going to be hard but we have a few more opportunities and I think we’ll take them when they come.’

Ewan displayed excellent bike handling skills to navigate his way through a chaotic finish. The 26-year-old narrowly avoided Peter Sagan’s back wheel and the right-hand side barrier to get onto Bennett’s wheel before he kicked clear with tremendous speed at the 50-metre marker. 

Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan (C-R) sprints to win ahead of Ireland's Sam Bennett (C-L)

Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan (C-R) sprints to win ahead of Ireland’s Sam Bennett (C-L)

‘I was a bit too far forward in the final kilometre so I dropped back and gave myself a bit of a rest,’ said Ewan ‘Coming from behind is a bit of a risk but I got through past the barrier and had the speed in the end.’

Three-time world champion Sagan faded to finish fifth but picked up enough points to replace stage one winner Alexander Kristoff in the green points jersey.

The high octane finish to the race was in contrast to a largely sedate day, with France’s Jerome Cousin spending 110km off the front alone before he was swept by the peloton with 16km to go.

Cousin had been in a breakaway with compatriots Benoit Cosnefroy and Anthony Perez, who was forced out of the race with a broken collarbone after he suffered a puncture and crashed into his Cofidis team car.

Britain’s Adam Yates is still second overall, while defending champion Egan Bernal has moved up two places to sixth.



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