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03/8/2021 12:35
One bright way to solve a giant hurdle to an all-electric fleet.

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SK Hynix supplies 18GB mobile DRAM for Asus gaming smartphone

03/8/2021 12:35
The chips will power Asus’ upcoming ROG 5 gaming smartphone.

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03/8/2021 12:34

For centuries past, Sienna’s Piazza del Campo has been home to many dramatic moments as its played host to the famous Palio horse race. This last weekend the historic city center played host to a duel of a different kind as Mathieu van de Poel aboard his Canyon Aeroad out raced Julian Alaphilippe for a historic win at the 2021 running of Strade Bianche.

Photo: Bettini

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03/8/2021 0:03

Irish ace Sam Bennett won stage 1 of Paris-Nice on Sunday by timing a late surge to perfection in a mass bunch sprint.

It was a fourth stage win on this race for Bennett as he surged past 2019 world champion Mads Pedersen in second while Frenchman Arnaud Demare came third after his lead out man fell during the run-in of the 166km stage.

“It was chaotic at the end there, as the road got narrow,” said Bennett, who won two stages of last month’s UAE Tour.

“I got into the right position with 1km to go and just stayed calm and made my move 150m out.”

The 30-year-old sprinter leads the overall standings from Demare by four seconds, and will go into stage two wearing the yellow jersey. Bennett’s power left his rivals trailing and with two more sprints expected on the eight-day run to Nice the 2020 Tour de France sprint jersey winner appears even stronger this season.

Paris Nice 2021 – Sam Bennett (IRL – Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – Mads Pedersen (DEN – Trek – Segafredo) – Arnaud Demare (FRA – Groupama – FDJ)

French champion Demare said it was a hard day of racing.

“It might not have looked like it, but that was a fast last 50km, but I was quite happy with my race,” said the FDJ leader.

There was bad news for Ineos as Richie Porte fell with 30km to go and pulled out on stage 1 of his first race on his return to Dave Brailsford’s team.

The accident means Giro d’Italia champion Tao Geoghegan Hart, who finished with the main pack on Sunday, will take sole leadership of Ineos for this race, as he prepares for the Tour de France in June.

Porte’s fellow Australian Michael Matthews won five seconds bonus points in the two intermediate sprints and ended the day third in the overall standings despite getting caught behind the fall in the final dash for the line.

On a cold sunny day there were plenty of roadside fans out in support, especially as the race covered the same 50km loop twice in the final part of proceedings.

Monday’s second stage is a 188km run from Oinville-sur-Montcient outside Paris towards Amilly as the 1,207km event known as ‘the Race to the Sun’ begins its long slog South.

Paris-Nice tries to roll all the challenges of a Grand Tour into eight testing stages and is an early marker of who is hot and who is not.

Tuesday’s individual time-trial should shake up the overall standings. But there are also 27 climbs, including a Saturday showdown on the Colmiane mountain in the Nice back-country, before Sunday’s potential decider with a major climb on the short run into Nice itself. Slovenian Primoz Roglic is the race favourite and finished safely in the main pack Sunday.

Paris Nice 2021 – Sam Bennett (IRL – Deceuninck – Quick-Step)


1  BENNETT Sam Deceuninck – Quick Step 3:51:38
2  DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama – FDJ 0:00
3  PEDERSEN Mads Trek – Segafredo 0:00
4  PHILIPSEN Jasper Alpecin-Fenix 0:00
5  COQUARD Bryan B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00
6  ACKERMANN Pascal BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
7  BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
8  LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
9  GREIPEL André Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00
10  BARBIER Rudy Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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03/8/2021 0:03

British sprinter Mark Cavendish had to settle for second on Sunday after Belgian Alpecin rider Tim Merlier stole past him on the inside to win the Monsere GP. The last of Cavendish’s 146 career wins came on the Dubai Tour in February 2018, and the 35-year-old shouted in anger after crossing the line in second.

Cavendish won 30 Tour de France stages in his prime and is hoping to notch some farewell wins in a last fling with Belgian outfit Deceuninck-Quick Step, who gave him a one-year deal in January.

The Manxman had been struggling with various health issues, but appears rejuvenated somewhat on his return to his cycling roots with the Belgian team. “Great sprint of @MarkCavendish, who gets his first podium of the season with #TheWolfpack at the #GPMonsere21!” his team said on Twitter shortly after the feat.

The GP Jean-Pierre Monsere is named after the 1970 world champion who was knocked down and killed during a race shortly after claiming his title at 22.

Cavendish’s next outing is another Belgian GP, the Scheldeprijs on April 7.

Grote Prijs Jean Pierre Monsere 2021 – Tim Merlier (BEL – Alpecin-Fenix) – Mark Cavendish (GBR – Deceuninck – Quick-Step)


1  MERLIER Tim Alpecin-Fenix 4:34:44
2  CAVENDISH Mark Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00
3  DUPONT Timothy Bingoal – Wallonie Bruxelles 0:00
4  BARBIER Pierre DELKO 0:00
5  MINALI Riccardo Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 0:00
6  BOUDAT Thomas Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
7  WARLOP Jordi Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00
8  VERMEULEN Emiel Xelliss – Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00
9  MARIT Arne Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00
10  ÄRM Rait Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ 0:00

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