Tour of Britain: 17 photos of the cycle race as Olav Kooij wins Greater Manchester stage with 500,000 fans lining route
The first stage of the 2023 Tour of Britain takes place today and starts off in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. The cycling race will see riders travel through the region, past Wigan and Rochdale before reaching the finish line in Deansgate.
Riders set off from Altrincham at around noon today. They started to reach the finish line at around 4pm this afternoon.
Olav Kooij of Team Jumbo Visma won the Greater Manchester stage. The Dutchman will wear the leader’s jersey in Monday’s second stage in and around Wrexham, the first of two in this year’s race to take place in Wales. Blessed by beautiful sunshine, an estimated 500,000 spectators lined the 163.6-kilometre route from Altrincham.
The cyclists covered more than 100 miles today across the region. We’ve got together some of the best snaps of the riders as they made their way around Greater Manchester.
Patrick Cantlay's caddie Joe LaCava apologised to Rory McIlroy before Sunday's Ryder Cup singles for his behaviour on Saturday which enraged the European star, according to US media reports.The American had also brushed off media reports that he was protesting against the lack of pay for players at the Ryder Cup by not wearing a cap.
Rory McIlroy was at the centre of a furious row as emotions boiled over at the Ryder Cup in Rome.McIlroy and teammate Matt Fitzpatrick lost their fourball match to Patrick Cantlay’s dramatic long putt on the 18th green, and the Northern Irishman was visibly unhappy with Cantlay’s caddie, Joe lacava, who celebrated wildly towards European fans who had been teasing his player all day, and the two had tense words as they shook hands.Sky Sports Golf
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said Saturday's 84-0 win over Romania gives his side "good momentum" before next week's Rugby World Cup showdown with Ireland."We'll sit down tomorrow and discuss selection, but this gives us really good momentum ahead of our biggest game of the World Cup," Townsend said.
Rory McIlroy had to be restrained by European Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry after an acrimonious end to the Saturday fourballs. The row sparked into life when McIlroy took umbrage with Patrick Cantlay’s caddie Joe LaCava’s cap-waving celebrations following Cantlay’s birdie putt on the 18th of the final match on Saturday. McIlroy and playing partner Matt Fitzpatrick had both yet to attempt their birdie putts, and the row continued after the US won, with loud boos from the crowd.