Tours have no winner
THE 1999 to 2005 Tours de France will be forever without a winner after Lance Armstrong was stripped of the titles, the International Cycling Union has confirmed.
The UCI on Monday ratified the decision taken by the United States Anti-Doping investigation to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of all results since August 1998, including his seven successive Tour wins.
At a special meeting of the UCI's management committee yesterday, it was ruled results following any future disqualifications relating to the Armstrong years, 1998 to 2005, would not be reallocated. Cycling's world governing body also called on Armstrong and all other affected riders to return prize money won while using performance-enhancing drugs.
THE Church of England is facing a close vote on whether to give final approval to the introduction of women bishops, according to a senior official.
William Fittall, secretary general to the General Synod, said it was believed that the arithmetic of the vote by the General Synod over women bishops next month was tight in the same way as 20 years ago when the first female clergy were approved.
"If it fails, what happens is that the legislation is lost – that is it. It is gone," he said.
TEAMGB hockey player Hannah Macleod said last night it was a "huge relief" her stolen Olympic bronze medal has been recovered.
The 2012 medal was one of two, belonging to Miss Macleod, 28, and rower Alex Partridge, 31, which were taken along with their TeamGB jackets as they partied at a London nightclub.
ANOTHER three million households face higher energy bills after EDF Energy became the latest supplier to increase tariffs.
The company will raise prices for domestic gas and electricity by 10.8%, meaning its typical dual-fuel bill for a direct debit customer will rise by £122 to £1,251 a year.