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Newspaper review: Papers anticipate sporting success

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Media captionA look at the first editions of Sunday's papers

An image of Bradley Wiggins, punching the air as he wins the penultimate stage of the Tour de France, occupies many a front and back page.

"Fist of Glory" is the headline in the Independent on Sunday. "Tour de Force" is the verdict of the Sunday Telegraph.

It describes the cyclist's expected victory in Paris as one of the greatest achievements by any British sportsman.

The People says Wiggins will cruise into Paris to be acclaimed as Britain's first winner of the Tour de France.

Spirit of sportsmanship

The Mail on Sunday says Wiggins will be remembered for his scandal-free triumph and chivalry towards other riders.

This, it says, is the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Noting that Wiggins has expended more energy on the Tour than someone climbing Everest, the Observer says his smooth and composed performance has been unusual for a British athlete.

There has been no valiant failure, the paper says, no snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Fast forgotten

The Sunday Times switches its attention from Paris to London, declaring that, with just five days to go, it is time to "get the Olympic party started".

Lord Coe writes in the Mail on Sunday that all host cities face accusations of chaos and crisis in the lead-up.

And these are problems which are fast forgotten in the days of "spellbinding sport" which follow.

The Sunday Express says despite the ticket shambles and security fiasco, the Games will be "spectacular".

Comfortable upbringing

Photographs of some of the 12 victims of the mass shooting at a cinema in Colorado are published by the Sun and the Sunday Mirror.

The Observer says many of the dead were young, just starting out on their adult lives, full of hopes and ambition.

The Sunday Telegraph describes the comfortable suburban upbringing of the student accused of opening fire.

It was a meticulously-planned operation by a fresh-faced young man, it says.

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