After his troubled preparation for the race, Geraint Thomas is still poised to finish the Tour de France as runner-up -- and that persuades the defending champion to believe he can win the title again despite fierce internal competition at Team Ineos.
The United States collected the first gold medal of the Pan Am Games on Saturday, with Alex Lee spoiling what would have been a dream start for the Peruvian hosts when he beat Hugo Del Castillo in taekwondo's men's poomsae final.
Climbing phenomenon Egan Bernal was poised to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest race champion in 110 years when he retained the overall lead after Saturday's 20th stage, a 59-km ride from Albertville.
Lewis Hamilton went from poorly to pole at the German Grand Prix on Saturday, revealing afterwards that Mercedes had put French reserve Esteban Ocon on standby to replace him in case he felt too unwell to drive.
Bangladesh have appointed former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as a spin bowling consultant while former South Africa paceman Charl Langeveldt will become their new pace bowling coach, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.