Vettel Says Climate Change Makes Him Question His F1 Job

May 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 06, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)
May 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 06, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)
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Vettel Says Climate Change Makes Him Question His F1 Job

May 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 06, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)
May 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 06, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)

Four times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday that climate change had made him question his job as a driver traveling the world to race cars.

Speaking on BBC Question Time, a television panel show mixing politicians and celebrity guests, the German was asked whether his position on the environment made him a hypocrite considering he was part of a "gas-guzzling" sport.

"It does, it does, and you're right when you laugh," the 34-year-old father-of-three replied. "There's questions I ask myself every day and I'm not a saint.

"Certain things are in my control and certain things are not. It's my passion to drive a car, I love it and every time I step in the car I love it.

"When I get out of the car, of course I'm thinking as well 'Is this something that we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?'"

The Aston Martin driver wore a T-shirt before last weekend's Miami Grand Prix with the slogan "Miami 2060 - first grand prix underwater - Act Now or Swim Later" to highlight the effects of climate change.

He has also been outspoken about the environment and renewable energy.

Vettel said Formula One, which is making a big push for sustainability, also played an important social role as entertainment.

"There's things that I do because I feel I can do them better. Do I need to take a plane every time? No, not when I can take the car," added the driver, who is out of contract with his team at the end of the year.

Formula One is aiming to achieve a net zero-carbon footprint by 2030, with 100% sustainable fuels from 2026 when a new engine is introduced.

Vettel also offered opinions on Brexit, the war in Ukraine, whether Finland should join NATO, energy dependence and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's involvement in a "partygate" scandal over breaches of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.



Altmaier Stuns Zverev and Moves on to Second Round of Mexican Open 

Germany's Daniel Altmaier celebrates victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev during the Mexico ATP Open 500 men's round of 32 tennis match at Arena GNP Seguros in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 27, 2024. (AFP)
Germany's Daniel Altmaier celebrates victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev during the Mexico ATP Open 500 men's round of 32 tennis match at Arena GNP Seguros in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 27, 2024. (AFP)
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Altmaier Stuns Zverev and Moves on to Second Round of Mexican Open 

Germany's Daniel Altmaier celebrates victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev during the Mexico ATP Open 500 men's round of 32 tennis match at Arena GNP Seguros in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 27, 2024. (AFP)
Germany's Daniel Altmaier celebrates victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev during the Mexico ATP Open 500 men's round of 32 tennis match at Arena GNP Seguros in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 27, 2024. (AFP)

Daniel Altmaier pulled off a major upset on Tuesday, beating top seeded Alexander Zverev in a battle of German players to qualify for the second round of the Mexican Open.

The 27-year-old Altmaier and world's 57th ranked player defeated his countryman for the first time in three tries in 2:26 hours and will play Miomir Kecmanovic next.

Zverev, sixth in the ATP rankings, lost a seven-match winning streak against German players. His previous loss against one was in 2019, when he fell to Dustin Brow, in Stuttgart.

Earlier, second-seeded Holger Rune eased past American Michael Mmoh 6-2, 6-3 and advanced to the second round.

Rune, ranked seventh in the ATP, needed 92 minutes to dispatch Mmoh, who made his way into the main draw through the qualification tournament.

The 20-year-old Rune, from Denmark, reached the semifinals in Acapulco last year and now will meet Aleksandar Kovacevic, who took care of Jordan Thompson 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Earlier, fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Roman Safiullin 6-3, 6-4 and moved on to the second round where he will face Flavio Cobolli.

The 25-year-old Greek reached the semifinals last week in Los Cabos, Mexico, and is trying to win his first career 500 tournament.

Also Tuesday, Frances Tiafoe, seeded eighth, rallied to beat Max Purcell 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. He moved on to face Dominik Koepfer, who took care of Terence Atmane 6-4, 4—6, 6-0.

Tiafoe is the highest-ranked American player in contention in the tournament after fourth-seeded Taylor Fritz and seventh-seeded Tommy Paul were knocked out on Monday.

In another result, Casper Ruud outlasted Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 and moved on to the second round.

Ruud is going to play against Dusan Lajovic, who beat local Rodrigo Pacheco 6-2, 6-2.


South Korea Replaces Klinsmann with Asian Games-winning Coach Hwang

U-23 Korean national team head coach Hwang Sun-hong speaks at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 8, 2023. (Kim Geun-soo/Newsis via AP)
U-23 Korean national team head coach Hwang Sun-hong speaks at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 8, 2023. (Kim Geun-soo/Newsis via AP)
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South Korea Replaces Klinsmann with Asian Games-winning Coach Hwang

U-23 Korean national team head coach Hwang Sun-hong speaks at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 8, 2023. (Kim Geun-soo/Newsis via AP)
U-23 Korean national team head coach Hwang Sun-hong speaks at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 8, 2023. (Kim Geun-soo/Newsis via AP)

Jurgen Klinsmann's successor as South Korea coach is former international Hwang Sun-hong.
Hwang will take temporary charge of the team for at least two 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Thailand in March, the Korea Football Association said on Tuesday.
He led the under-23 team to gold at the Asian Games last October and has also coached in the domestic league with Seoul, Busan IPark and Pohang Steelers. The former international scored 50 goals for South Korea.
“Hwang has recently demonstrated his achievements with his team’s victory at the Hangzhou Asian Games,” said Jung Hae-sung, the new chief of the KFA national team committee. “He also has experience in international competitions and an understanding of Asian soccer.”
The KFA is expected to name a full-time coach before World Cup qualification continues in June with games against Singapore and China.
Klinsmann was dismissed on Feb. 16, 10 days after Korea lost to Jordan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup. He was widely criticized for his strategy on the field and working methods off it.


Man City’s Grealish Must Hit the Ground Running After Injury Return, Says Guardiola 

Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 24, 2024 Manchester City's Jack Grealish during the warm up before the match. (Reuters)
Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 24, 2024 Manchester City's Jack Grealish during the warm up before the match. (Reuters)
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Man City’s Grealish Must Hit the Ground Running After Injury Return, Says Guardiola 

Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 24, 2024 Manchester City's Jack Grealish during the warm up before the match. (Reuters)
Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 24, 2024 Manchester City's Jack Grealish during the warm up before the match. (Reuters)

Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish must quickly find his rhythm upon his return from injury to force his way back into the Premier League club's starting line-up, manager Pep Guardiola said.

Grealish was a key player in City's treble-winning campaign last season, but his performances have been underwhelming with three goals in 26 games in all competitions this season.

The England international has not featured for City since picking up a groin injury in a 3-1 Champions League victory at FC Copenhagen earlier this month, and was left on the bench in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

"He is the same player, he has the same manager, and the way we play has not changed," Guardiola told reporters on Monday ahead of City's FA Cup fifth round clash against Luton Town.

"It's just the way he has performed. That's the difference. I said from day one, we need him. He has a special quality for our team. But it depends on him. Hopefully he can do a good last three months."

Guardiola added that he could not afford to give injured players time to ease themselves back into the team, saying: "They have to find the rhythm to play for 20 minutes or 90.

"At a high level, the team don't wait to be fit. You cannot give someone three or four games to be fit. What about the 10 who don't play? They deserve not to play?

"You have to see the training sessions and all the small details. The players don't have to convince me. They have to convince themselves that they deserve to play."

City travel to Luton in the FA Cup later on Tuesday, before hosting rivals Manchester United in a league clash on Sunday.


Andy Murray Hints Heading Into ‘Last Few Months' of his Career after Dubai Win

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Andy Murray Hints Heading Into ‘Last Few Months' of his Career after Dubai Win

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Andy Murray hinted he is heading into the “last few months” of his career after rallying past Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the Dubai Championships for his 500th hard-court win.
“I obviously still love competing and still love the game, but it obviously gets harder and harder the older you get to compete with the young guys and keep your body fit and fresh,” the 36-year-old Murray said in an on-court interview after his first-round win on Monday. “I probably don’t have too long left, but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months.”
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion playing with an artificial hip, has considered retirement before. This was only his second win of the year.
After losing in straight sets to Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the first round of the Australian Open last month, Murray said it might be the last time he enters the season’s first major.
Murray improved to 18-5 for his career in Dubai, where he lifted the trophy in 2017. He’ll next face Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils.
The only other players with 500 hard-court wins in the Open Era are Roger Federer (783), Novak Djokovic (700), Andre Agassi (592) and Rafael Nadal (518).
“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that,” The Associated Press quoted Murray as saying. “There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”


Saudi Arabia Makes History as Majrashi Wins Bronze at Asian Field & Track

Muhammad Majrashi took the bronze medal in the Elimination Race, as part of the Asian Field & Track Championships 2024. SPA
Muhammad Majrashi took the bronze medal in the Elimination Race, as part of the Asian Field & Track Championships 2024. SPA
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Saudi Arabia Makes History as Majrashi Wins Bronze at Asian Field & Track

Muhammad Majrashi took the bronze medal in the Elimination Race, as part of the Asian Field & Track Championships 2024. SPA
Muhammad Majrashi took the bronze medal in the Elimination Race, as part of the Asian Field & Track Championships 2024. SPA

The Saudi youth cycling team won its first bronze medal in Asian history after Muhammad Majrashi clinched it in the Elimination Race, as part of the Asian Field & Track Championships 2024.

The championships concluded on Monday in the Indian capital, New Delhi. More than 300 female and male athletes representing 18 Asian teams participated in the event.

Korean Park Woojin won gold and Japanese Kazuma Muara silver in the race, which witnessed strong competition and enthusiasm among 10 riders representing the teams of Saudi Arabia as well as Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Taipei and Uzbekistan.


Riyadh Season Launches Its First 'Saudi Snow Blast' Activities

The Saudi "SnowBlast KSA" activities began at the Kingdom Arena on the northern outskirts of Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The Saudi "SnowBlast KSA" activities began at the Kingdom Arena on the northern outskirts of Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Riyadh Season Launches Its First 'Saudi Snow Blast' Activities

The Saudi "SnowBlast KSA" activities began at the Kingdom Arena on the northern outskirts of Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The Saudi "SnowBlast KSA" activities began at the Kingdom Arena on the northern outskirts of Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

As part of the Riyadh Season activities, the Saudi "SnowBlast KSA" activities began at the Kingdom Arena on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, SPA said on Tuesday.
The event, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to take place on snow areas weighing more than 500 tons, shared by snow slopes for freestyle skiing, areas for games and family activities, and events accompanying the championship. Within the four-day event, the Saudi Snow Blast Cup, in which more than 30 Olympic and world champions in the sport of freestyle skiing are participating, will be launched tomorrow.
The activities also include family activities such as playing with snowballs and making snowmen, in addition to theatrical and light shows, roaming shows, and an area dedicated to food.
The organization of the Saudi Snow Blast Cup comes as one of the international sports activities with a wide audience that aims to attract professionals and amateurs of freestyle skiing sports this month amid a group of distinctive winter experiences to create world-class sports and entertainment activities for the residents of the Kingdom and visitors to the Riyadh Season.
The cup events will witness great competitions between freestyle skiing professionals, which will be the focus of attention of those interested in this type of winter events all over the world, and will contribute to making the Riyadh season a hub for hosting events of wide global interest, and giving visitors an exceptional experience in the Riyadh winter.


Chelsea Looks to Respond to Neville’s ‘Bottle Jobs’ Taunt by Staying on Course in FA Cup 

Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley stadium, in London, on February 25, 2024. (AFP)
Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley stadium, in London, on February 25, 2024. (AFP)
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Chelsea Looks to Respond to Neville’s ‘Bottle Jobs’ Taunt by Staying on Course in FA Cup 

Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley stadium, in London, on February 25, 2024. (AFP)
Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley stadium, in London, on February 25, 2024. (AFP)

Chelsea's underperforming players were described by one leading British soccer pundit as “billion-pound bottle jobs” after their loss in the English League Cup final.

They'll need to show they have the stomach for a fight when they return to action on Wednesday in another cup competition that represents their last chance of winning a trophy this season.

Fresh off Sunday's defeat by a youthful Liverpool team at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea hosts Leeds — an in-form second-tier side on course for an immediate return to the Premier League — in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

No doubt ringing in the ears of Chelsea's squad will be that cruel taunt by Gary Neville — a former Manchester United and England defender who is now a high-profile analyst for broadcaster Sky Sports — that is dominating the post-League Cup final media agenda.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino brushed off the criticism, saying it was “not fair to talk in this way” and that Neville knew the “dynamics” in play as the London club looks to gel a squad of young players that has been expensively assembled over the past two years.

Prior to the recent January transfer window, Chelsea had spent more than $1 billion across three windows in the new Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital regime and has yet to see the benefits.

The tag of “bottle jobs” — meaning people who collapse under pressure — might stick if Chelsea succumbs to Leeds at Stamford Bridge, given how much of a favorite Pochettino's team will be for the last-16 match.

“They need to feel the pain,” Pochettino said of his players. “We played for a trophy we didn’t get and now, it is the same — what can you tell me to feel better? Nothing. They need to feel the pain and of course they need to realize we need to work more, do better things, we need to improve.”

Chelsea is not in Europe this season and is also far from certain of making it into any European competition next season. The team is in 11th place in the Premier League, though only four points off seventh spot. Finishing in seventh would guarantee a berth in either the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.

The FA Cup, therefore, is suddenly a big deal for Chelsea and Pochettino. Their problem is, there are quite a few top teams left in the draw.

Like defending champion Manchester City, which continues its defense of the trophy — and its bid for back-to-back trebles — with a trip to Luton on Tuesday.

Like Liverpool, which is at home to second-tier Southampton on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp might have to roll out the kids once again, with an injury crisis robbing the manager of at least 10 senior players. Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo were the latest to pick up injuries in the final against Chelsea.

Manchester United visits Nottingham Forest in an all-Premier League matchup on Wednesday, when Wolverhampton has a home game against fellow top-flight team Brighton.

Tuesday's other games see second-tier Blackburn hosting struggling Newcastle and Bournemouth at home to second-tier leader Leicester.


Luka Modric Comes off the Bench to Give Spanish Leader Real Madrid 1-0 Win Over Sevilla 

Real Madrid's Luka Modric (C) celebrates with his teammtaes after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC in Madrid, Spain, 25 February 2024. (EPA)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric (C) celebrates with his teammtaes after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC in Madrid, Spain, 25 February 2024. (EPA)
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Luka Modric Comes off the Bench to Give Spanish Leader Real Madrid 1-0 Win Over Sevilla 

Real Madrid's Luka Modric (C) celebrates with his teammtaes after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC in Madrid, Spain, 25 February 2024. (EPA)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric (C) celebrates with his teammtaes after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC in Madrid, Spain, 25 February 2024. (EPA)

Luka Modric leapt atop the advertising board, pumped his arms and joined the collective roar of the Santiago Bernabeu.

The veteran Real Madrid star, who has seen his minutes shrink this season, had just become the hero for the Spanish league leader with a scorching winner after coming off the bench in a 1-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday.

The normally calm Croat was possibly shouting for more than joy as he celebrated just his second goal of the season. Perhaps there was a bit of vindication, of showing everyone — Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti included — that he could still decide games even in an increasingly young Madrid squad.

The 38-year-old Modric collected a deflection with one touch before unleashing a powerful strike from outside the area that grazed the post before finding the net in the 81st minute. Modric had gone on just six minutes before with the leaders stymied in attack without injured top scorer Jude Bellingham.

“It is what always happens. We never give up. We have shown it many times, that this is a part of Real Madrid’s DNA,” Modric said about his goal. “We knew that today it was important not to let points get away because Barcelona would have closed the gap and we couldn’t allow that. Our insistence throughout all the game bore its fruit.”

Modric has helped Madrid win five Champions League titles and the player won the 2018 Ballon d’Or award. This season, with Bellingham replacing him in the starting 11, he has mostly been the subject of speculation about whether his playing days in Madrid’s all-white are nearing their end.

“It is very difficult to leave (Modric) on the bench, but every day he is an example for the entire squad,” Ancelotti said. “It is in Luka’s hands to decide what he does next season, and we are just waiting for his decision. It is difficult to manage (a situation like his) and I understand perfectly what Modric may be thinking when he does not play because I went through it as a player.”

Madrid was heading toward a second straight draw after being held 1-1 at Rayo Vallecano in the last round of games. Another stumble would have given Barcelona reason to hope that it might just be able to mount a challenge after it overtook Girona for second place on Saturday.

Madrid’s victory kept it eight points above Barcelona and nine clear of Girona, which plays Rayo on Monday.

This was the third game that Bellingham, the league’s top scorer with 16 goals, has missed with a left ankle sprain.

Nico sent off

Nico Williams was sent off with two quick yellow cards to leave Athletic Bilbao with 10 players just before halftime in its 3-1 loss at Real Betis.

The Spain winger got his first card for a foul and compounded that by earning a second booking for his apparently sarcastic applause of the referee.

The loss meant Athletic failed to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw at bottom side Almeria on Saturday. Athletic remained in fifth place at three points behind fourth-place Atletico. Betis moved into sixth, seven points behind Athletic.

Chimy Ávila scored his first goal for Betis since joining from Osasuna in the winter transfer window to take the 13th-minute lead. Yuri Berchiche added an own-goal before Williams was sent off in the 40th.

Gorka Guruzeta's goal gave Athletic some hope in the 52nd, but Betis midfielder Johnny Cardoso added a third with a strike from the edge of the area in the 67th.

In the first half, an assistant referee had to leave the match after she ran into a television camera and cut her head.

Last-gasp equalizer

Darwin Machis’ goal deep in injury time snatched Cadiz a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in a meeting of two teams in danger of relegation.

Iago Aspas and Williot Swedberg gave Celta a 2-0 advantage before Juanmi Jiménez pulled one back for the hosts in the 66th. Rafa Benítez’s side was still eyeing a victory until Machis curled a shot in from the corner of the area just before the final whistle.

Celta, in 17th, remained the last team clinging to safety while 18th-place Cadiz was in the drop zone at three points behind.

“You think you have it in the bag, you are up 2-0, and they score two goals on plays we could have stopped, so it is obvious we missed an opportunity,” Benítez said. “We didn’t know how to manage those final minutes.”


Belgian Van Eetvelt Hits the Heights to Claim UAE Tour

UAE Tour winner Lennert Van Eetvelt only turned professional last year © Giuseppe CACACE / AFP
UAE Tour winner Lennert Van Eetvelt only turned professional last year © Giuseppe CACACE / AFP
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Belgian Van Eetvelt Hits the Heights to Claim UAE Tour

UAE Tour winner Lennert Van Eetvelt only turned professional last year © Giuseppe CACACE / AFP
UAE Tour winner Lennert Van Eetvelt only turned professional last year © Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

Belgium's Lennert Van Eetvelt produced a dramatic summit finish on Jebel Hafeet to claim the final stage and overall victory in the UAE Tour on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Lotto rider powered clear around two kilometres from the line to take the 161km seventh stage by 22 seconds from Pello Bilbao and Ben O'Connor, AFP reported.

With a 10 sec time bonus Van Eetvelt shot to the top of the overall standings, two seconds ahead of Australia's O'Connor, with Bilbao completing the podium.

O'Connor's compatriot, UAE Team Emirates' Jay Vine began the day in the lead but his hopes bit the dust in the closing climb.

"I was expecting a difficult stage," Van Eetvelt said, adding that he had been able to stay on the wheels of the leaders.

"Then when we began the climb I told myself I had to give my all.

"I couldn't be happier," beamed the rider who was adding this to a race win in Mallorca last month.

Van Eetvelt only turned professional last year, making his Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta a Espana where he came in 32nd overall.


Riyadh Will be a Stop for Global Champions Arabians Tour 2024

A general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
A general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Riyadh Will be a Stop for Global Champions Arabians Tour 2024

A general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
A general view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Riyadh is set to host one of the legs of the Global Champions Arabians Tour (GCAT) in 2024, joining a series of events held across various countries throughout the season. Previously, Doha hosted the event, and upcoming stops on the tour include Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Cannes in France, Valkenswaard in the Netherlands, Rome, and Paris, SPA reported.

The Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) will be the host in the capital, Riyadh.
Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Abdullah, President of the Saudi Equestrian Federation, expressed gratitude to the leadership for their substantial support of equestrianism in the Kingdom.

He emphasized how the leadership's unwavering support has positioned Saudi Arabia as a global hub for equestrian sports. Prince Abdullah highlighted that the Kingdom's well-organized and diverse events align with a clear vision, aiming to establish the country as the world's premier destination. He conveyed his appreciation to Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, the Minister of Sport, for his continuous support and close involvement in the sector.