The Rundown

Sporting Pictures of the Week: Angels, devils and a Citroen 2CV

The Rundown

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After an amazing 10 days of sport for Britain, where better to start than England's reaction to the third umpire's decision that saw them clinch the first Test of the Ashes against Australia. In one of the most dramatic Test matches of all time, the final wicket of the match being decided by the third umpire via DRS decision meant that all England's players were for once all right next to each other at the exact moment of victory.

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Chris Froome was the other hero of the weekend: the British cyclist produced an amazing ride to take charge of the Tour de France on Sunday. This picture from the final stretch of the longest and steepest stage of the Tour says it all: the steep gradient, the blazing heat, the unforgiving atmosphere of antagonistic and drunken French fans heckling him all the way to the finish line on Bastille Day. The only thing you can't see is the outrageous accusations that awaited him on the finish line, namely that he's too good not to be a cheat.

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MotoGP's reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo is out following surgery, but the guys in his pit made this promise to the world while he was absent from the German Grand Prix...

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...and thanks to this amazing crash, his title rival Dani Pedrosa also collected nul points at the Saschenring.

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Pedrosa wasn't the only one going airborne this weekend: here Slovenian athlete Tina Sutej is frozen in time in a fantastic fish-eye lens photograph taken at an event in Ljubljana.

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A six-year-old Chinese boy is pictured taking part in his rigorous daily training at a hothouse for future Olympians in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. The young athletes spend mornings on their schoolwork then every afternoon in training.

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That's one way to cool down in this hot weather: a contestant takes part in the inaugural 'Tough Mudder' race in Germany.

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This is probably a better way to cool down, though: competitors get under way in the annual Asia-to-Europe swim across the Bosphorous in Istanbul.

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The Tour de France always has some of the best - and kookiest - fans in sport. Give us one reason why you wouldn't want to drive a bright yellow 2CV into the middle of the countryside to yell at some blokes on bikes?

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And more to the point, why wouldn't you want to dress up a devil, drive out into the middle of the countryside, and jump up and down shouting at some blokes on bikes?

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We couldn't let that chap go by without a nice close-up. Loving the trident...

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While we're on the topic of things that have horns, check out this amazing shot from the 101st Calgary Stampede Rodeo as Kody Lostroh gets tossed around like a piece of fluff.

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It was quite a good week for the bulls in Bulls v Humans action, as it happened. The annual running of the bulls in Pamplona made it a definite 2-0 to the bovines this week. This chap was actually gored three times but lived to tell the tale. Doubt he'll be stupid enough to take on half a tonne of rampaging beef again any time soon.

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And finally, with his baby due more or less any day now, Prince William made the sensible decision to go and do a bit of sport before he gets buried in an avalanche of pooey nappies.

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