Sports world

Ang pedals to 56km victory

VINCENT Ang Chin Yong, 2015 SEA Games bronze medallist, topped the 56km category with a time of 1hr 21min 53sec at the Quickspeed TRI-Factor Bike 2015 yesterday.

The new race route skirting landmarks like the Sports Hub incorporated a safety management system.

Race director Joseph Tan said: "The event this year is very special as we made a difficult business decision to change the race route and limit the type of bikes allowed; thus, it resulted in reducing the race capacity."

Ba in $24m Shenhua deal

BEIJING- Former Chelsea forward Demba Ba, 30, has signed for Didier Drogba's old football club Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that is possibly a record for the Chinese Super League.

The Senegal international's three-year deal is reportedly worth €16 million (S$24 million), eclipsing the record of €15 million paid in January by champions Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazilian Ricardo Goulart.


Ferrer skips Wimbledon

LONDON - David Ferrer, 33, has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon on the eve of the tennis tournament after the Spaniard suffered an elbow injury.

The men's eighth seed was due to face Britain's James Ward in the first round tomorrow. His place has been taken by Luca Vanni of Italy.


Nadal issues Leon warning

LONDON - The feud between the Spanish tennis federation and top players over Gala Leon's appointment as the nation's first female Davis Cup captain is damaging for the sport and could deter sponsors, Rafael Nadal has said.

He and compatriots such as David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo reacted with disbelief when the federation announced her appointment in September, prompting accusations they objected because she is a woman.


Branson plugs electric racing

LONDON - Electric racing will overtake Formula One in popularity within five years, British entrepreneur Richard Branson said on Saturday at the final round of the new Formula E series.

Announcing a tie-up between his Virgin Racing Formula E team and Citroen's DS brand, he added he was willing to bet all new cars would be battery-driven in 20 years' time.


Nibali warms up with Italy win

MILAN - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has revealed that an Achilles tendon injury curtailed his winter schedule but said he is ready for the race that begins next week.

The Italian put an end to his season drought by winning the Italian national road race crown for the third time on Saturday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2015, with the headline 'SPORTS WORLD'. Print Edition | Subscribe