Vincenzo Nibali races to Victory

Vincenzo Nibali has won the 101st Tour de France as he finished the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. He had a winning margin of 7.37 minutes over second placed Jean-Christophe Peraud. He is the first Italian winner since Marco Pantani in 1998. The Tour de France started over here in the UK with billions of fans tuned in to watch the various stages in and around Leeds, York, Harrogate, Cambridge and a classic finish in front of Buckingham Palace in London. The tour de france has been running for weeks. It started on Saturday July 5th and ran on 21 different courses in the UK and French countryside until the victory celebration on Sunday July 27th. The total distance of the race is over 2,200 miles. 2013’s trophy winner and UK favourite, Chris Froome had to quit the race early after crashing in the opening stages. Nibali won four stages of the Tour, including one in each in the mountain stages in the Vosges, the Alps and the Pyrenees.

   

The football world cup is only a days away, and a poll has been produced about the worries business owners have while it is taking place. 1 in 4 senior managers and directors are concerned about the drop in productivity during the tournament. The competition is taking place in Brazil this year, and due to the time difference, many of the games will be shown on TV late at night in the UK. Some fans may be tempted to celebrate (hopefully!) long into the night and have to ring into work the next day. Another headache for business owners and managers is the recent news that the licensing laws for England games will be relaxed to allow pubs to stay open later than usual. Half of bosses expect to receive extra requests for annual leave while still trying to accommodate staff who wish to take their kids away in the school holidays. The results also found that 57% would be willing to accommodate flexible working hours or shift changes to allow staff to watch games. Another option could be letting staff work from home one day a week. While these are the negatives, I should also mention the positives. Just imagine if England went a long way into the tournament? The whole event can be used to award small perks in the workplace. Having a staff sweepstake on the winner or top goal scorer adds some fun to the event. These can greatly increase morale and job satisfaction. Completing projects early could mean staff leaving early on match day, or arriving late the next day. Another idea could be introducing a TV or Radio to the canteen or reception area as a way to create a better working environment.

  Trophy Blog #70 ~ Millions of sports fans around the world will tune in tonight for the 2014 Super Bowl. (11pm UK time) The Denver Broncos face The Seattle Seahawks for the title of Super Bowl XLVIII winners. American football is watched by millions of people during the season, but hundreds of millions could watch this one game. The main focus to the build up has been the freezing temperatures it could be played in, as this will be the first final played in a cold weather city. It could drop to -14 at this time of year. For non sports fans, the half time show pulls in even more viewers, and this sometimes over shadows the actual game. This year the headline act will be Bruno Mars. He has sent the music world into a frenzy by publicly inviting the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him on stage to create one big super band. The MetLife Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. The Denver Broncos are based in Denver, Colorado. They began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The Seattle Seahawks are based in Seattle, Washington and they joined the NFL in 1976 at the same time as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seahawks are famous for being owned by Paul Allen, one of the co-founders of Microsoft.