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Republicans immediately launch a National Security investigation into who leaked the story about Donald Trump riding a golf cart for 700 yards instead of walking with world leaders during the G7 summit in Sicily.

#AmericanEmbarrassment

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The man Leo addressing the UN about what a huge problem Climate Change has become. You can’t listen to this and not be moved!

Kittel stands the heat on Tour's sixth stage

Marcel Kittel withstood punishing heat to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France as leader Chris Froome and his general classification rivals emerged unscathed.

As the Tour made its way on a 216-kilometre route from Vesoul to Troyes in temperatures that slowed the average speed, it was Kittel who had the energy and power to reach the line first.

A gutsy three-man breakaway from Perrig Quemeneur, Vegard Stake Laengen and Frederik Backaert was overhauled late on, with Quick-Step Floors rider Kittel edging out home hope Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and German compatriot Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to win his second stage of this year’s race.

With renowned fellow sprinters Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish having been ruled out of the race, Kittel will have his sights set on the points classification that has been dominated by the Slovak.

In a stage featuring two category-four climbs, breakaway rider Quemeneur took the honours on both summits for Direct Energie.

At the end of it all, Team Sky’s Froome remains in yellow.

GOOD DAY/BAD DAY

Kittel looked to be struggling in the final dash for the line as he failed to grab a wheel, but an 11th Tour stage win was secured in typically explosive fashion to mark a good day for the 29-year-old.

The controversy that unfolded on stage four when Sagan’s elbow knocked Cavendish off his bike ultimately sent both home, leaving Kittel in a strong position claim the green jersey.

It was a tough day, though, for the three-man breakaway and perhaps most of all for Laengen, who was named the most aggressive rider at the end of the stage.

The UAE Team Emirates man deserved to be in the thick of the action in the closing stretch, but an energy-sapping day of leading from the front took its toll as he finished way down in the bunch.

STAGE RESULT


1. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 5:05.34

2. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) +00s

3. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) +00s

4. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Alpecin) +00s

5. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) +00s

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION


1. Chris Froome 23:44.33 (Team Sky)

2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +12s

3. Fabio Aru (Astana) +14s

POINTS CLASSIFICATION


1. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) 170 points

2. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 143 points

3. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 96 points

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS


1. Fabio Aru (Astana) 10 points

2. Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) 8 points

3. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 6 points


UP NEXT…

From Troyes the riders will head south to Nuits-Saint-Georges on a 213km route, with the headline sprinters again expected to be in the tussle at the end.

The one category-four climb comes just past the halfway point and is a forgiving 4.2 per cent average gradient over 2.5km.

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You can help my friends Xiuhtezcatl and Itzcuauhtli get a million signatures to take to the Paris 2015 UN summit. The pledge is here at this link and Ecowatch is hosting it - http://ecowatch.com/petition/pledge-climate-leader/ 

Things have changed in the last five years.

1. The mining boom ended. The only ones making substantial money from mining now are (foreign) billionaires. Not us.

2. The renewables boom arrived. Though that’s a dumb name. Renewables tech has made huge leaps in the last five years to the delight of those in the field. Renewables are finally market-friendly and ready to go big-scale.

3. Climate talks have shifted, from “lets just cut emissions” at the end of the pipeline to “lets keep it in the ground” at the beginning. The world’s best scientists say Australia has to keep 90% of coal in the ground.

Everyone update their thinking.

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