In the women's doubles, Xu Yifan from China and America's Nicole Melichar reached the second round after edging past their opponents in straight sets. Enditem
There has also been increased government support to athletics. For instance the government, despite a COVID-19 lockdown, facilitated the travel of a team of athletes, headed by Cheptegei, to travel to Monaco for the Diamond League.
However, it was a day of mixed feelings for local fans because fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot fell on the second climb of the day and finished over 25 minutes behind Peters, whose hopes of becoming the first home rider to win the Tour since 1985 have diminished, as he sits around 19 minutes behind on the overall standings.
"We strictly followed the coach's match plan. This is a victory that belongs to the whole team since we played our football," said Saba. "As a forward, scoring goals is my responsibility."
It might be of help for Loew that 11 players in his squad are on the books of top European clubs. Besides that, Loew can count on an axis of Bayern's new generation, such as Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
Pepe has made 99 appearances for Gremio and scored 21 goals since making his professional debut in 2017.
"I was playing well today," said Thiem. "I had a good plan for the match. He's very dangerous when he can dictate with his forehand. I was trying to avoid that. He also has very, very fast legs. I was trying to play my fastest tennis to keep him on the backhand, to not let him dictate with the forehand. I did that very well today."
Shanghai-based Oriental Sports Daily doubted the Brazilian player had time to go through any kind of medical quarantine.
"They feel that what is happening with the U.S. Government could create a negative precedent internationally that could be replicated and would jeopardize the entire global anti-doping system."
No "PARALYMPIC GAMES" appeared on the sole emblem for Paris 2024 or the ever-changing logo for Los Angeles 2028 launched earlier this month. Enditem
"In the end I did my thing and tried to stay with the best guys, and here we are," said the Mitchelton-Scott rider.