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New Zealand’s largest cycle race has been cancelled for 2020 because of the uncertainty around Covid-19.

The Lake Taupo Cycle Race, planned for 14 November, has been pushed back 12 months to 27 November 2021.

The organisers believe New Zealand will need to be at alert level 1 for the Lake Taupō Challenge. This is due to people coming from all over New Zealand.

The event, which has been running for 43 years, attracts more than 5000 entries with the majority competing in the 160km ride around Lake Taupō.

In 2017 the event was estimated to inject $7 million into the Taupō economy.

Tadej Pogacar has won the 2020 Tour de France.

The 21-year-old became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France after he retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey in the 21st stage. The stage was won by Sam Bennett.

Pogacar rides for Team UAE Emirates and has become the youngest man to win the race since Henri Cornet in 1904.

Pogacar, who pulled off a major upset when he claimed the yellow jersey from Primoz Roglic with an amazing performance in yesterday’s time trial.

Roglic ended up second, with Australian Richie Porte taking third place.

Of the two New Zealanders who finished the tour, George Bennett was 34th and Jack Bauer 83rd.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley has won his second Le Mans 24 hour title.

The kiwi driver helped Toyota win their third straight win in the French classic.

Hartley, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi were the drivers that guided their Toyota Hybrid car home to first place.

It is a third win in a row for Nakajima and Buemi, who triumphed in 2018 and 2019 alongside Fernando Alonso, and a second win for Alonso’s replacement Hartley following his Porsche win in 2017.

The race, first held in 1923 and now in its 88th edition, was held for the first time without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s event attracted 250,000 fans to the track in northwest France.

Taranaki have won the Ranfurly Shield.

The Amber and Blacks have beaten Canterbury 23-22 in an pulsating Shield match in Christchurch.

All Black fullback Jordie Barrett, was one of the stars, kicking the match-winning penalty goal from 50 metres out in the 74th minute.

Taranaki played superbly in the first half and held a 20-3 lead at halftime.

However, Canterbury scored three unanswered tries in the second-half to snatch the lead before Barrett’s monster kick.

Taranaki will start its seventh Ranfurly Shield reign against Otago in Inglewood next Sunday afternoon.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Jordie Barrett of Taranaki kicks a penalty which put Taranaki into the lead during the round 2 Mitre 10 Cup match between Canterbury and Taranaki at Orangetheory Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

The Premier League season for 2020/21 has started.

This season will have quite a few changes because of the coronavirus.

The first game of the season saw Fulham play Arsenal.

Premier League teams have not spent as much money on new players this season as they have in the past few years, but there have still been some big signings.

Everton have raised a lot of eyebrows in signing a player who, not long ago, was regarded as one of the world’s best. James Rodriguez signed for Real Madrid after wowing everyone at the 2014 World Cup.

The favourites for the title are Liverpool. They won the title last year and look strong again this year. However, as usual Kiwi Kids News will be support Tottenham Hotspur – the best club in the world.

Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem have been crowned 2020 US Open Tennis champions.

In the men’s final Dominic Thiem came back from two sets down to produce one the world’s best final comebacks. In the end, he won 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

In the women’s final Naomi Osaka ended Victoria Azarenka’s dream run to claim her second U.S. Open title in three years. She also came from behind, eventually winning. 1-6 6-3 6-3.

Australia will host the 2020 Rugby Championship.

Last week SANZAAR (the group the runs the Rugby Championship) announced that Australia’s bid had beaten New Zealand.

They will host the 6 week tournament from November 7.

Australia won the race due to having superior quarantine regulations in regards to allowing teams to train while in isolation.

With both South Africa and Argentina yet to restart rugby, the ability to train as a squad from the day of arrival was a key selling point for Australia.

However, All Black fans will not be left without any rugby. New Zealand will host two Bledisloe Cup matches in October. At this stage, it looks as if these games will be on the 17th and 24th, and most likely to be in Auckland and Wellington.

Novak Djokovic has been disqualified from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a tennis ball.

The world number one had just lost a crucial point. In frustration he took a ball out of his pocket, and hit it behind him without looking, striking the line judge in her neck.

Djokovic was the favourite to win the US Open tournament. He will now lose all the ranking points and won’t be given any prize money he had won at the tournament.

After the match he said he was “extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong.”

It means the Serbian will have to wait a little longer to win an 18th Grand Slam title. He’s currently one behind Rafael Nadal and two behind Roger Federer on the men’s all-time list of winners.

The Hamilton 7’s competition for 2021 has been cancelled.

World Rugby made the announcement because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March, World Rugby postponed all remaining tournaments in the 2020 series.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said it was disappointing, but a sensible decision under current circumstances.

The Hamilton and Sydney rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 had been scheduled for 23-24 and 30-31 January 2021 respectively.