Tuesday 23 July 2019

Ajax draw PAOK Saloniki in Champions League qualifier

Ajax draw PAOK Saloniki in Champions League qualifier

Amsterdam football club Ajax will meet Greek team PAOK Saloniki in the third qualifying round for this season’s Champions League competition. The first match will take place on August 6 or 7 away, with the return home leg a week later. The two sides last met three years ago, also in the third qualifying round, when Ajax progressed further in the competition. PAOK, like Ajax, was league champion last season. PSV Eindhoven, runner up in last season’s Dutch league, first... More >

Marianne Vos powers to the La Course title

Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos has won the sixth edition of the La Course cycle race in France on Friday after overtaking runaway lone leader Amanda Spratt on the steep final climb. Vos, who has three time former world champion, had been favourite to take the title in the event, which begans and ended in the French city of Pau and covered 121 kilometres. La Course, organised to coincide with the Tour de France, first took place in 2014 when Vos... More >

Van Vleuten wins second Giro Rosa in a row

Annemiek van Vleuten sealed her second victory in a row in the Giro Rosa, the women’s tour of Italy, in a race dominated by Dutch riders. Van Vleuten finished three minutes 45 seconds ahead of Anna van der Breggen, the winner in 2015 and 2017, while the final stage was won by three-time champion Marianne Vos. Dutch women have won the race in seven of the last 10 years. ‘It’s great to win again, especially because I feel a lot... More >

Matthijs de Ligt joins Juventus for €70m

Ajax’s teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt has ended weeks of speculation by completing a transfer to Italian champions Juventus. Paris St Germain and Barcelona had also been chasing the 19-year-old’s signature, but Juventus emerged as favourites two weeks ago when it was reported that the player had agreed personal terms. The clubs are said to have agreed a transfer fee in the region of €70 million. De Ligt was one of the most coveted players from the Ajax side that... More >

Teunissen leads Tour after Jumbo stage win

Mike Teunissen will start stage three of the Tour de France in the yellow jersey after his Jumbo-Visma team were the surprise package for the second day running. The 26-year-old became the first Dutchman to lead the cycle race in 30 years after snatching the opening stage win in Brussels on Saturday, and his Jumbo team-mates followed up by winning the 27.6 kilometre team time trial on Sunday. Teunissen is 10 seconds ahead of his team leader, Steven Kruiswijk, in... More >