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MEGEVE, France -- Adam Yates came to his second Tour de France without any ambition in the general classification. Josh Allen Youth Jersey . Three weeks and a spectacular crash later, only two more days in the Alps separate him from a podium finish on the Champs Elysees.Regarded as one of the most promising riders of his generation, the 23-year-old British rider has exceeded all expectations at the Tour.Arriving in France, Yatess main goal was to secure a stage win at cyclings biggest event. He ended up fighting with the top contenders on a daily basis.On Thursday, Yates conceded 1 minute, 23 seconds to race leader Chris Froome in the uphill time trial in the ski resort of Megeve. But he managed to keep his third place overall, losing just 13 seconds to his closest rival, fourth-placed Nairo Quintana.With two treacherous mountain stages left before the largely ceremonial ride to the Champs Elysees on Sunday, Yates holds the white jersey for best young rider and sits 4:16 behind Froome, with a 21-second lead over Quintana.Today wasnt my best performance, but it wasnt too bad, said the Orica-Bike Exchange rider. Im fighting for every second, there are only two more days to go and hopefully I will be on the podium in Paris.After winning the Tour of Turkey in 2014, and the San Sebastian single-day classic last year, Yates is already being tipped as a future winner of a major tour. The next two days will be crucial for the young rider, who will have to respond to an expected onslaught from rival Richie Porte, whose form has dramatically improved over the last week and lags just 44 seconds behind.In my opinion, Richie Porte should really be on the podium, he has shown he is the strongest climber, said Yates.The young British rider, whose twin brother Simon also rides with Orica-Bike Exchange but is not on the Tour for using an asthma medication without proper authorization, should take some confidence from his recent outings in high mountains. He has not launched any big offensive so far, but showed great composure under pressure to stay with the best climbers.Yates, who comes from the north of England and speaks quickly but nervously, is laid-back once on his bike. That attitude earned him praise from Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford, who likes the way hes carried himself, really relaxed, not fazed at all, doing his thing. Brailsford added that Yates looks in control for a young guy.The only time Yates lost control -- and crashed -- it was not his fault.The incident happened in the Pyrenees during the seventh stage of the race when the inflatable flamme rouge arch marking the final kilometer of each stage collapsed in front of his front wheel. Yates was fortunate enough to escape from the spectacular accident with only a few stitches on his chin. Gardner Minshew II Youth Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. Marqise Lee Youth Jersey . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. http:///...ryan-jaguars-jersey/ . The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors.ROME -- Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too. Elsewhere at the Foro Italico, Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes. Similarly, two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique. Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, walked off the court after winning the second set against Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers. "I have an issue with my lower back," Murray said. "Its been an issue for a while." Murray took a long injury break early in the second set, getting his left thigh and lower back massaged. Granollers won the first set 6-3 and Murray won the second 7-6 (5). This tournament is a key clay-court warm-up for Roland Garros, the years second Grand Slam, which starts on May 26. "I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris," Murray said. "I need to make a plan as to what I do. Ill chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days. Murray called for the trainer while trailing 2-1 in the second set. He then lost the next two games to trail 4-1 before battling back to force a tiebreaker. "I want to make sure it goes away," Murray added. "Its been a problem since the end of 2011 but it got bad during last years clay season." Nadal will next face Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who reached the semifinals in 2010. Gulbis routed Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-1. Early in the second set during an argument over a line call with the chair umpire, Troicki dragged a cameraman out onto thee court to shoot the ball mark. Yannick Ngakoue Jersey. . Sharapova now meets 16th-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States, who rallied past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Stephens reached the Australian Open semifinals in January with a win over Serena Williams. "Shes been climbing up against the rankings," Sharapova said. "I havent played against her in a while. Im excited about that matchup. Im looking forward to it." Earlier, the 24th-ranked Janowicz improved his record against top-10 opponents to 3-5, having closed last year by reaching the Paris Masters final as a qualifier, beating Murray and Janko Tipsarevic along the way. The 22-year-old Janowicz is one of only five players under the age of 24 in the top 40. After beating Tsonga with a forehand passing shot up the line on match point, Janowicz tore his shirt into pieces and tossed it to the crowd. "I was really happy, especially because I didnt get off to a good start to the season and I was sick," said Janowicz, who has been bothered by ear, nose and throat infections. "Now Im healthy." Last weeks Madrid Open runner-up Stanislas Wawrinka withdrew before his match against Alexander Dolgopolov with a right leg injury. Dolgopolov will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic. In a rough day for seeded players, Jeremy Chardy of France upset No. 16 Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-1. In the womens tournament, last years runner-up Li Na beat fellow Chinese player Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-1; seventh-seeded Sara Errani battled past Christina McHale of the United States 7-5, 5-7, 6-2; and 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko eliminated Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-3, 6-1. Also, 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci beat wild card and fellow Italian Nastassja Burnett 6-1, 6-4; 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova rallied past Melanie Oudin of the United States 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; and two-time champion Jelena Jankovic routed fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-0. ' ' '
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