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Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

PARIS (Reuters) – Watch and learn – that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team’sTour de France roster.

The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall.

Quintana, 23, reached the Champs Elysees in Paris having won a stage and claimed both white and polka-dot jerseys for the best young rider and the best climber.

On Saturday, he won the 20th stage at the top of Semnoz after a final 11-km ascent – nothing intimidating for a rider who would descend 16 kilometers every day to go to school on a 20-kilo mountain bike.

“And I had to come back every evening,” he says with a smile.

 He caught the eye of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue when, aged 20, he won the Tour de l’Avenir – the most prestigious young riders’ race.

Unzue was looking for Colombian riders for his Spain-based team.

“Finding a Colombian rider who climbs well is easy,” said Unzue, referring to the ‘Beetles’, the Colombian climbers of the 1980s.

“But finding one who climbs well and who is also a good time-trialist is more rare.”

Quintana, however, is not just a physically talented rider. He is also a clever one.

“The other thing that struck me is his character,” said Unzue.

“He’s got a lot of self-confidence and he analyses a race very well. When you listen to him debrief his day, you understand right away that he is not just a fast rider.”

Quintana showed during the Tour that he is a fast learner.

 Starting the race with the task of helping team leader Alejandro Valverde secure a podium finish, the Colombian found himself thrust into the role of leader after the Spaniard lost considerable time on a flat stage following a mechanical problem.

“Everybody in the team believed in me. Everyone helped me, especially psychologically, to achieve this. At 23, I was not prepared for that,” he said on Saturday, sobbing between sentences.

“When they asked me if I was up for it (after Valverde’s hopes were dashed), I said ‘yes, sure, I’m ready to be team leader but I hope you will forgive me if my legs don’t respond at some point’.”

 His legs responded well as Quintana finished second behind Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain in the stage finishing up the iconic Mont Ventoux, although he briefly lost consciousness after crossing the line.

That day, he probably attacked too early. On Saturday, he showed that he had learned his lesson, waiting for Froome to attack on the slopes of the Semnoz before countering him in the final kilometer to take the stage.

The win capped years of hard work, Quintana said, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“I worked very hard and I had the support of my parents, my team. A year ago, when I turned professional, it was difficult to imagine that I would be here today,” he said.

“As a kid I didn’t dream this could happen to me. I was taking things on a daily basis.”

Quintana has emulated compatriot Luis Herrera, who won the King of the Mountains title in 1985 and 1987, but he is setting his sights higher than the polka dot jersey.

“These performances give me a lot of confidence for the following years. In 2015 I could be gunning for yellow. I will continue to work every day to achieve that,” he said.

Valencia striker Napoli Also of Interest

Rafael Benitez’s arrival to San Paolo Napoli transfer strategies impact on the summer transfer window which read this year.
After news of Napoli have earned Real Madrid duo Gonzalo Higuain and Raul Albiol is now Southern Italy’s club entering the name of the other Spanish players who play for Valencia, Robert Soldado.
The news about Valencia sporting director, Braulio Vazquez membatahnya by saying, “Right now we have not received an official offer for our strikers, but a lot of clubs who inquired about the situation, this is all I can say.”
Soldado has a release clause of 25 million pounds, in addition to Napoli striker who spent last season with the sensational melesatkan 30gol all competitions was also included in the interest of the North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lin Dan and Chong Wei Opportunity Meet in Final

Two star badminton, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, the party could face in the world championship summit that took place in Guangzhou, China, in early August.

Chong Wei is world number one and Lin Dan, the Olympic champion and London 2012, are in separate groups in different lottery. This makes them likely to meet in the final round which took place on August 11.

Lin Dan, who is the defending champion, took part in the world championship with a wild card player status. Having won the gold medal in London, Lin Dan a long absence and is now ranked 100th.

Although ranking higher Chong Wei, Lin Dan attendance statistics showed far superior over the eternal rival. He won 21 meetings with 9 defeats.

Lin Dan beat Chong Wei in the final of the 2008 Olympics and 2012 world championships and 2011. This is the fourth time champion Lin Dan.

Kompany: Big spending not Guarantee Success City Next Season

Hong Kong – Manchester City have spent a lot of money, although the new transfer window opened earlier this month. But it is not a guarantee to be able to bring the Citizens success next season.

So far four players brought in by the City that Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. Total of about 100 pounds, also has spent to bring his fourth club management.

With the new transfer window ending 2 September, it is quite possible there will be another top names who entered into such habits City Etihad Stadium in previous seasons, which always bring in star players.

Examples are when winning the Premier League in season 2011/2012, they are investing heavily to buy Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, James Milner, David Silva, and others.

When compared with city rivals Manchester United, who are still cool and calm in this transfer window, City may say one step ahead in preparation for the title next season. But that does not mean they will be easily able to snatch the title from Manchester United.

“It’s not enough just to spend a lot of money, I think the other teams are also doing the same thing. Should be something special, but we will do what we can in preparation for this time period,” said team captain, Vincent Kompany, as reported by ESPN.

“Buying new players are important, but the way we make preparations so far so good and we want to do our best to be a team that can compete in all competitions,” he continued.

“You can ask this to five or six clubs and certainly the same answer. Premie League That’s why so most competitive league in the world.”

Kompany further mention that solidity team during the current season is the most important thing to be able to bring the team’s success. Unlike last season where City many internal problems plagued the team that one of them dispute with Mario Balotelli Roberto Mancini.

This is also a hard task that must be carried Manuel Pellegrini as the new City Manager. Especially in the last two test matches they always defeat in the pre-season tour to South Africa.

“Football is more than just buying a new player.’s About the team, be a family and he himself also. When he came, we ensure comfort for him because it is not easy being away from your home,” said he.

Birthday De Rossi, Totti: Hang in Rome

Roma – Francesco Totti to be one of the players to congratulate Daniele De Rossi who currently 30th birthday. Simultaneously the Roma captain also left a message for De Rossi stay at the club.

De Rossi entered the age of the head of the three on July 25, and since he is pursuing a professional career, kub Rome is the only one in life De Rossi. No doubt so adoring fans after Totti is so god for Romanisti.

Unfortunately the future De Rossi is currently being speculated after the interest of several big European clubs such as PSG, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Fiorentina. This rumor like to repeat the old stories 1-2 last season when De Rossi chased by Manchester City.

Now at the age of 30 years and his career as a footballer may soon decline, De Rossi certainly want to win the prestigious titles before closing his career. Moving to the clubs mentioned above for the opportunity.

But De Rossi advised not to leave the Olimpico as it is believed he could win a lot of trophies with I Lupi. It is delivered in a video Totti congratulated on his birthday was spoken in Roman dialect.

“Ciao Dani, I hope everything goes well for you this year at age 30, even though you are now growing older and will be retiring soon!,” Totti said as quoted by Football Italia.

“It’s better if you gave us a gift that remain with us in Rome and at least we could win something together. Ciao Bello!”

Vincent Kompany: New Players Make Man City Stronger

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes recruits players for City would put his side diluting the gap with Manchester United in terms of squad depth.

City failed to repeat last season’s achievement of the previous season after they trailed by 11 points than United, who eventually clinched long before last week.

Early this season, City players bring new kinds of Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, and Fernandinho along with new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Kompany believes a new power will mendatakan title next season. “We played a great part in the transfer market so far,” said Kompany as reported by Soccerway.

“There is a little gap between us and the champions last season and we did everything to attenuate the distance.”

“It will be a good season and I’m sure other teams will also be competitive. We are a team who can look forward and say we will compete on all fronts,” said the Belgian national team players.

Overcome Li Na, Sharapova Defend Title Champion

Stuttgart – Maria Sharapova successfully defended the title the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2013, after a convincing win, 6-4 and 6-3 over Li Na in the final.

In four matches in the tournament to the top of the party, held at the clay court, Sharapova past his opponents to win three sets.

Only later in the final at the Porsche Arena on Sunday (04/28/2013), Sharapova convincing to retain the title with a straight sets victory over Li Na, the Australian Open and set aside Sharapova in the semifinals – Li Na finally finished runner -up in the event.

In the first set, Sharapova, who is seeded first, quickly winning 4-1. Li Na, seeded second, then tried to get up, although Sharapova did not give him much chance to catch up.

Fierce duel ensued at the beginning of the second set. But again, Sharapova managed to demonstrate its superiority over Li Na and won her second title of the year – after Indian Wells last March.

Ben Spies Pessimistic Can Go Faster

Ben Spies. (Foto: Daylife)

BOLOGNA – Ben Spies said that he would come back down to race with Pramac Ducati at Indianapolis MotoGP series on 16-18 August, Spies admitted that his condition was in good condition.

Spies has indeed been absent long enough after a severe shoulder injury since the accident at the Malaysian MotoGP series 2012. Spies who had been absent for seven series this season admitted injury had recovered.

“For the first time in months, I felt very happy because my shoulder in a very good condition. Decision is best right back in the moment. Doctors say that my recovery goes according to plan, so I wanted to get back at Indy with conditions 100 percent, “he said.

Spies who resigned from the Yamaha Factory Racing at the end of last year, not sure I can achieve good results in his debut later. The reason, he has gone through a lot of races this season.

“I missed so many races, and I do not ever be 100 percent. Now I am more confident about my recovery. However I am not sure I can directly go fast, since I had not been driving,” he said as reported by MCN.

About his future, Spies admits she still has a contract until 2014 with the Ducati satellite team. He also just want to focus and not think about the race will move to gossip today.

“There are so many rumors about what I would do in the future, but I just laugh to read it all on the internet. Obviously, I was ready to back away,” he concluded.

Play Anywhere, Syamsir Alam Ready

Natural Syamsir hope to get a chance to play in the Indonesian All Star game against Chelsea at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (25/7). Conscious has many rivals, players who now play in the U.S. competition with DC United’s claim is ready to play in any position.
Nature is one of 22 players called up coach Rahmat Darmawan to strengthen Indonesia All Star. As a striker, he has to contend with a number of senior players such as Titus Bonai, Ferdinand Sinaga, and Greg Nwokolo.
“I’m ready to be placed anywhere. Of course I will give you the best when it gets a chance to play, “said Alam.
Nature is a striker. But he was also able to play as a winger. At DC United, he was placed as a left winger. Players from Agam, West Sumatra was claimed to be ready for combat against Chelsea. He said the condition is very fit to play. “Thank God, 100 percent fit. There were no injuries, “he said.
Currently, she is following training camp with Indonesia All Star. He looks quite enthusiastic when following initial training in Gran Futsal Brass, Monday (22/7) evening. Although only rejoined the squad and has tight rehearsal time, he claimed to have no problem in terms of adaptation.
“Very pleased to have the opportunity to join with senior players. I think there is no problem