A bank holiday weekend of sport

A Bank Holiday Weekend of Sporting Action

As we head into this May Bank Holiday weekend, the weather doesn’t seem to be living up to the idyllic Mediterranean climate we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few weeks. Although beer gardens and leisurely country walks may be off the cards, that’s no reason not to enjoy yourself, and a jam-packed weekend of sport is just the thing to take your mind off the miserable weather.

Kicking off the weekend is the continuation of the Giro d’Italia. After a gruelling three weeks of racing, the prestigious tour finishes on Sunday 27th May with a parade through the streets of Rome. Before then however, is a final punishing mountain stage on Saturday.

British rider Simon Yates went into Friday as leader, with the thought he could do well here after making up much of his lead in similar previous stages. But after getting his lead slashed in half by Tom Dumoulin on Thursday, and a failure to perform in the mountains on Friday coupled with a spectacular return to form from icon of the sport Chris Froome resulting in a stage win, its looking to be a tussle between Froome and Dumoulin in the closing days of the tour.

The first of the three European Grand Tours, the Giro is also the perfect preview for the Tour de France. 

Continuing the racing theme, this weekend also sees the running of the 76th Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. A perennial favourite of the sport, it sees racers flying round a demanding street circuit, while guests and attendees relax and enjoy the race in the glamorous city.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to continue his run of good form this season, saying ‘We’ve got some things to work on and we’re not completely in the dark, much better than we were last year. But we’ve got a lot of ground to cover and pick up if we want to be in the fight for the win’ in the face of stiff competition from Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel. Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo will also be looking to make waves at the race, and if their fiery rivalry in the tournament so far is anything to go by, it should be an exciting race. The Grand Prix starts on Sunday 27th May at 14:10 GMT, with qualifying taking place on Saturday.

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Moving on to football, this Saturday sees the Championship Play-Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley. Dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, potentially worth up to £160m to the winners, this game will determine who takes a place in the Premier League next season.

Fulham have been on great form this season, with 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon being a particular stand-out, as well as taking the win the last time these teams met, so go into the game many people’s favourites. But with a team as steeped in experience as Aston Villa, stewarded by veteran player John Terry, its sure to be close.

The play-off final acts as the perfect appetiser for the main course of a Saturday of football; the Champions League Final.

Real Madrid and Liverpool are currently out in Kiev preparing to battle it out for the title. The Spanish side go into the game the favourites, looking to make it a third win on the trot and their 13th overall. However, with neither team on home turf and Jürgen Klopp’s side intending to play in their usual attacking style while pulling on the immense talent of players like Golden Boot winner Mo Salah, the Reds aren’t going to make it easy for them.

Liverpool are also hungry for the win after going without the trophy for over a decade and it clearly means a lot to the Merseyside team; forward Sadio Mane has gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown in Senegal to celebrate the game.

If the poor weather has got you pining for sunnier days, and a scintillating weekend of sport has you in the mood for more, take a look at the VIP hospitality at an exciting summer of lawn tennis at the Nature Valley Classic Birmingham and Nature Valley Open Nottingham, and the iconic tournament at Wimbledon.