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#TourDeFrance halted after #HailStorm makes course too dangerous

The race has been stopped due to a hail storm. Pic: Tour de France

The decision to abandon a stage is rarely made. Pic: Tour de France

The organisers of the Tour de France have stopped Friday’s stage because of a hail storm.

They said the course had become too dangerous for the riders and that times would be taken from a previous part of the stage.

Pictures also show snow on the ground on the stage between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Tignes in the French Alps.

The stoppage was announced as the racers were hurtling down a series of hairpin bends, throwing the race into chaos.

TV footage showed an excavator trying to clear a landslide as it became clear it would have been impassable for the riders.

Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal was disappointed, saying: “We had the race in our hands… but the riders’ safety comes first, ASO (organisers) did a great job.

“We wanted to smash it today and the guys were super motivated. It would have been ideal if the race could have continued.”

France experienced one of its hottest days ever on Thursday.

The decision to abandon a stage is rarely made, and it led to Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe losing the yellow jersey to Colombian rider Egan Bernal, heading into the last two days of the race.

British rider Geraint Thomas is in sixth, a year after he won the competition.

The positions heading in the the final weekend are important as it is traditionally seen as a procession.

Cyclists will jostle for position during a time trial race on Saturday, before making their way to Paris, where they will race several laps of the city and crown the winner on Sunday.

Courtesy of Sky News

#England win #cricket #WorldCup against #NewZealand in super over after match ends in tie

England have won the World Cup for the first time

England have won the World Cup for the first time

England’s cricket World Cup final clash with New Zealand has ended in a final over tie – ending in a super over victory.

Superb bowling by England’s Liam Plunkett had restricted the Black Caps to 241-8.

The run chase got off to a rocky start as New Zealand demolished England’s top order, taking four early wickets.

But Ben Stokes and Josh Buttler put on a hundred partnership to revive the innings.

And in a dramatic last over, Ben Stokes hit a six and England got six overthrows when a New Zealand fielder hit Stokes bat to send the bowl to the boundary.

England secured a win on more boundaries scored after the super over was also tied.

Earlier, Surrey bowler Liam Plunkett ended with figures of 3-40 off his 10 overs – claiming the important wickets of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) in the space of 14 balls.

New Zealand's Henry Nicholls celebrates his half century
Henry Nicholls top-scored for the Black Caps

Plunkett also took the wicket of the dangerous all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (19).

Chris Woakes added to his impressive tally with another three scalps (3-37) – with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood chipping in.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson (left) in batting action as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on
New Zealand’s Kane Williamsonon his way to 30

Tom Latham hit 46 off 57 balls as the Black Caps managed to make 62 runs off the final 10 overs.

However, New Zealand, who are also seeking their first 50-over World Cup title, have proved adept at defending relatively small totals in this tournament and Lord’s isn’t known for its heavy scoring in ODIs.

England's Chris Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of Martin Guptill
Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of Martin Guptill

In the semi-finals, India failed to chase down 240 against the Kiwis in Manchester.

Courtesy of Sky News