Cavendish wins stage

FOUGERES: Mark Cavendish won his 26th Tour de France stage on Friday to take sole possession of third place on the overall list. The Manx Missile darted down the inside to deny German Andre Greipel a third sprint finish stage win this year as Peter Sagan finished third at the end of the 190.5km seventh stage from Livarot to Fougeres. It was a second straight win for the Etixx-Quick Step team following Zdenek Stybar's success on Thursday, and went some way to making up for the loss of the yellow jersey due to Tony Martin's broken collarbone. Martin crashed on Thursday and had to quit the race despite being in the leader's yellow jersey, before undergoing a successful operation in Hamburg on Friday.

Schweini gets offer

BERLIN: Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has been offered a two-year contract to join Manchester United, according to German daily Bild on Friday. United's attempt to lure the 30-year-old from Bayern Munich, after 17 years with the Bavarian giants, looks to be getting serious. He is reported to have been offered a salary of around 10 million euros per year -- what the Bayern vice-captain currently earns in Munich. Schweini still has a year left on his contract and he is expected to take part in Bayern's team presentation on Saturday.