Diamond League Athletics meet in Monaco

Two and a half hours of athletics in Monaco on Friday night will be the prefect preview to the Olympics, as the annual diamond league meeting takes place at the Stade Louis II. Even without the injured Usain Bolt, this is a fine range of athletes taking part in fifteen disciplines.

Last year we saw Usain Bolt run 100m in 9.88 seconds, and Kipruto just missed out on the 3,000m steeplechase by a split second. We also saw Renaud Lavillenie clear 5.90m in the pole vault. But last year’s meeting also saw an unfortunate incident when Mahiedine Mekhissi and Mehdi Baala came to blows at the end of the 1500 m.

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Tour de France deflated by sabotage

The Tour de France has been hit by an act of sabotage as tacks have been thrown across the road just as the main pack was approaching. Last year's winner, Cadel Evans, was among the riders hit, suffering two punctures. Worse still, his team could not get another bike to him as the first teammate to arrive also had a flat, and the team van could not get through the narrow roads filled with competitors to reach him. The rest of the latest stage was played out in a surreal situation where current yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins organised for the pack to slow down to allow Evans to catch them up.

The stage was won by Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez.

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Nine dead in avalanche in French Alps

Three British mountaineers were among nine people swept to their deaths by a devastating avalanche in the French Alps apparently triggered by a climber dislodging a slab of ice.

The first to be named was British guide Roger Payne, 55. Two more British victims have been named by the Foreign Office as John Taylor and Steve Barber.  They were raising money for a hospice on the climb.  The accident happened on Mont Maudit, a peak near Mont Blanc.

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Is this going to be Britain’s Tour de France?

At the time of writing two British Cyclists are leading the Tour de France – Bradley Wiggins, yellow jersey and hot favorite to win the Tour, and Chris Froome, his brilliant teammate in Team Sky.   It’s the first time since David Millar in 2000 that a Brit has had the overall race lead, and this looks like the strongest possibility for a British victory since the Tour began.

This is a golden era for British cycling, with Wiggins, Froome, and Mark Cavendish all big stars. Wiggins won the Paris-Nice race earlier this year, and with his well-drilled Team Sky planning each stage to perfection, there could well be union flags on the Champs Elysee in a couple of weeks.

Earlier this week Wiggins reacted angrily to suggestions that he might be taking drugs, but in a sport where every year there are drug scandals, he surely cannot be surprised at the suggestions. 
 

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Nine killed in French Alps avalanche

Three British mountaineers were among nine people swept to their deaths by a devastating avalanche in the French Alps apparently triggered by a climber dislodging a slab of ice.

The first to be named was British guide Roger Payne, 55. Two more British victims have been named by the Foreign Office as John Taylor and Steve Barber.  They were raising money for a hospice on the climb.  The accident happened on Mont Maudit, a peak near Mont Blanc.

Happy 21st to the Semi-Marathon International de Nice!

The fabulous backdrop of the Promenade des Anglais is once again the setting for the annual Semi-Marathon International de Nice, now in its 21st year. The event takes place on Sunday, the 29th of April, and with four different classes of race on the card, there is definitely something for every standard and class of athlete.

The Semi-Marathon is obviously the big race, drawing the top athletes, who will be using this as a means to qualify for the French Championships. If 21.1km is a bit too daunting a challenge, you might consider the 10km, though be warned, there will also be a group of elite athletes participating here, also with their eye on the French Championships.

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The French Riviera guaranteed to go GaGa this October!

After a summer of the biggest names performing on the French Riviera, probably the biggest current star of them all, the one and only Lady GaGa, will be bringing her ‘Born This Way Ball’ to our shores  this coming autumn, with a gig in the Stade Charles Ehrmann in Nice on Thursday the 4th October 2012. Special guests on the bill for the evening include The Darkness and Lady Starlight. 

This show is part of a what is definitely going to be a mammoth global tour which kicks off at the end of this month at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, before touching down in Europe later in the summer. 

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The Antibes Yacht Show and Crew Lounge 2012 – Double the Bang for your Buck!

It’s that time of year again, when we start dreaming of big boats and blue seas! The first major yacht show of the season takes place in Port Vauban in Antibes, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April 2012. The show is dedicated to the brokerage and charter of larger yachts. Since 2011, a designated refit area has been added in the Bastion St. Jaume, widening the appeal of the Antibes Boat show.

The show has continuously managed to build on previous year’s experiences, and this year is no different, with plenty of new features on offer. These include networking connections, giving you the opportunity to connect on line with your potential clients prior to and during the show to organize your own networking. A new late evening will take place on Friday April 13th. Exhibitors will be able to welcome their clients and visitors until 9pm.

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Don’t Believe The Hype is back in Valbonne

DBTH5 or Don’t Believe The Hype Electronic Music Festival is back in Valbonne for the fifth year on 13th and 14th April 2012. This edition, billed as The Filth Anniversary, promises to keep the town awake and on edge again for 2 days and nights of exceptional electronic music, with a great selection of artists, to keep everyone (well, almost everyone!) happy.

The festival opens on Friday 13th of April, and taking to the stage that night will be the likes of Uffie Live!, Kavinsky DJ Set, Orgasmic DJ Set, and Super Nacho and Irish Steph. Doors open at 7:30pm, the show kicks off at 8pm and runs until 2:30am.

Catch Uffie live at DBTH in Valbonne

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Welcome to the World on Ice in Nice

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships take place in the capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice, running from Monday, the 26th March to Sunday, the 1st April, 2012. The Palais des Expositions, which has been transformed for this major sporting event to cater for 7,800 spectators, will welcome world class figure skaters from every corner of the globe, for what promises to be a memorable week in both the Niçois and French sporting calendars.

There is a very full programme on offer for the Championships. Preliminary and practice rounds will take place on the Monday and Tuesday, 26th and 27th March respectively, on the main rink in the Palais des Expositions and also in the adjacent Palais des Sports Jean Bouin.

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