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Social media reacts to Sky’s ‘strongest ever’ Tour de France team

Twitter and Facebook users react to Team Sky’s announcement of their line-up of nine riders for the 2016 Tour de France

Social Media Reacts To Sky’s ‘strongest Ever’ Tour De France Team

British WorldTour outfit Team Sky announced their nine-man roster for the 2016 Tour de France1 on Wednesday afternoon, and the cycling world gave its verdict on the selection via social media. There were no major surprises in the nine men selected to ride the 103rd edition of the Tour, with Chris Froome2 returning to defend his title and with a team built to help him. Froome will be joined by Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels and Sergio Henao.

>>> Tour de France 2016: Latest news, reports and info3

@TeamSky4 I think this is the strongest squad Sky have ever sent to a grand tour

Gary Preston (@Gaz_Preston) June 22, 20165

@TeamSky probably the best cycling lineup ever for a Grand Tour, 5 starts Awesome support for our leader @chrisfroome67

Ricardo Valente (@RichieValente) June 22, 20168

Some were surprised at the absence of Irishman Nicolas Roche and former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

@TeamSky9 no @nicholasroche10 very disappointed !!!! He is a super team player

Cronan O Shaughnessy (@TheCroMan) June 22, 201611

@TeamSky12 @Hems175913 Over the moon to see Kiry and Poels in there. Shame no room for Kwiatkowski and Konig. Pity that Kennaugh is injured.

Mark (@MWWithycombe) June 22, 201614

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And, of course there are these this is social media after all.

@TeamSky15 Can you get them on the road to me to sort out my digibox & dish please? Not fussed which one comes. There’s a cup of tea waiting.

Rob Whittle (@HaleFishLtd) June 22, 201616

@TeamSky17 Why no Brad Wiggins ?

Dave Witts (@DaveWitts) June 22, 201618

@TeamSky19 No blondes!

Uit_Duimpje (@Uit_Duimpje) June 22, 201620

@TeamSky21 cycling need a salary cap to prevent this kind of horrible things to happen

(@Cyro64) June 22, 201622

@TeamSky23 @chrisfroome24 Glad to see you made the team, Chris. Was worried about you for a bit then.

Paul Farr (@PaulGFarr) June 22, 201625

The 2016 Tour de France starts on Saturday July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel and concludes in Paris on Sunday, July 24.


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First Hyatt Place-branded property opens in the UK

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened its first Hyatt Place-branded property in the UK with the opening of a new hotel near Heathrow Airport. The 170-room Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes located less than 10 miles away from Heathrow has become the fourth Hyatt hotel to open in the UK, and the fourth Hyatt Place hotel to open in Europe. The hotel features the brand s Gallery Cafe; Gallery Market, which is open 24 hours a day for grab and go items such as snacks and sandwiches; Coffee to Cocktails bar, inclusive breakfasts and gallery hosts available 24 hours a day to help guests.

The property also includes a 24-hour gym, free Wi-Fi and 2,066 square feet of high-tech meeting spaces.

Sarru Swanni, general manager, said: I am proud to welcome the first guests to Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes, a hotel that truly reflects the needs of the modern traveler.

The hotel features the brand s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, and our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to while staying at Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes.

Record-breaking first quarter for inbound visits to Britain

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The first three months of the year have set a new record for inbound visits to the UK, according to new data released today. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show visits from January to March were up 6% on the same period last year to 7.36 million, with visitor spending at 3.64bn. Strong growth was seen in particular from EU countries with 5.27 million visits up 7% on the first three months of 2015 and setting a record first quarter.

Visits from North America, one of the UK s most valuable inbound markets, were also up 7% compared with the same period last year. In March alone, visits were up 12%. Tourism Minister David Evennett said: Our tourism industry is booming as our world-class attractions, heritage and culture make Britain the first choice destination for many, with visitor numbers at an all-time high.

Tourism is making a massive contribution to our economy and we want to keep up this momentum, encouraging more people to come and enjoy the very best of Britain for themselves.

Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain, added the figures are a demonstration of the growing importance of inbound tourism to the UK economy.

The figures come after 2015 set a record for inbound tourism to Britain on visits and spend with 36.1 million visits, 5% up on 2014, and spending up 1% to 22.1bn.

Comparing growth during the last five years shows that there were six million more visits in 2015 than 2010, an increase of more than 20%.

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