Chris Froome wins Giro d’Italia in Rome to accompany cycling’s absolute club

Finally, 109 years after the Gazzetta dello Sport decided to hold a bike race across Italy to boost sales of its struggling newspaper, Britain has its first Giro d’Italia winner. Chris Froome had already enjoyed five grand tour victories, including four at the Tour de France and another at the Vuelta a España last September, …

Rupert Everett apparatus up for the next chapter: affective in with his mum

He has lived the wild life in Hollywood and New York, partied with Madonna, hung out with Andy Warhol, and sniffed poppers with Hardy Amies but Rupert Everett’s next chapter promises to be more sedate: he’s moving in with his mum. “It’s done, I’m there,” the actor told Hay literary festival in Wales. “It’s very …

The Gove-Davidson arbor is a Tory dream ticket. But does it accept legs? | Matthew d’Ancona

It is close to an iron rule of politics that leadership pacts and succession plans never succeed. Anthony Eden grew so frustrated waiting for Churchill to make way that his health suffered grievously. The briefly fashionable idea that Michael Heseltine would replace John Major, paving the way for Michael Portillo to take over, never came …

Canova apprehension of accord on auction in aboriginal accessible airing in 200 years

Peace was never exactly lost, but over 150 years and five generations the sculpture, an original work by Antonio Canova that is now to be auctioned with an estimate of well over £1m, was gradually forgotten by the family in Wales who owned it. Canova (1757-1822), whose patrons included the then pope, Napoleon and the …

Priti Patel calls for analysis into abide attack spending

The former cabinet minister Priti Patel has called for the election watchdog to investigate spending by the remain campaign in the EU referendum. The Brexit-backing Tory MP questioned the impartiality of the Electoral Commission and said it should either investigate Britain Stronger in Europe or end its probe into the Vote Leave campaign. Her complaint …

Isis kills four Russian soldiers in Syria, says Moscow

A clash with “terrorists” in eastern Syria resulted in the deaths of four Russian soldiers, Russia’s defence ministry said on Sunday. Russian and Syrian government troops and pro-government gunmen have been fighting members of the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor where the extremists resumed their attacks against government forces and …

Jürgen Klopp deserves funds to yield blood-tingling football to next akin | Barney Ronay

Close to one in the morning, deep in the concrete bowels of the Olympic Stadium, Jürgen Klopp sighed with some feeling and prepared to put away the frazzled but stoically brave face he’d brought to the final post-match press conference of Liverpool’s season. There were two last questions from local media. Both were essentially expressions …

The Guardian appearance on Corbynomics: added adroitness amuse | Editorial

The Labour party has long attempted to remodel society under the banner of equality. In that sense, the party’s current leadership is no different from earlier incarnations. Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, offered a bold manifesto at last year’s election, one which made it clear that they are agreed, in ambition if …

Child dies and vineyards destroyed as storms ambit western France

Violent hailstorms hit western France destroying swathes of vineyards and killing a girl out walking with her parents. The sudden and powerful storms that struck the Bordeaux and Charentais winemaking areas on Saturday took locals completely by surprise with some describing them as the worst for 30 years. “I’ve dozens of hectares without a single …

David Lammy: ‘London’s joy had angry into despair’

I’ll never forget when it was announced that London would host the Olympics. A grey afternoon in Trafalgar Square had done little to assuage our fears that a flawless bid would hand Paris, the frontrunner, the world’s biggest sporting event. As culture minister, I was leading London’s celebrations and as the announcements came in, I …