Tinkoff-Saxo rider Nicolas Roche: believes a third Grand Tour in one season would be too much. Photograph: Inpho

A stacked line-up in the Vuelta a España was further expanded yesterday when double race winner Alberto Contador confirmed he would indeed take part (...)

 Vincenzo Nibali kisses his wife Rachele after winning the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Vincenzo Nibali completed victory in the 101st Tour de France in Paris on Sunday as Marcel Kittel won an exciting final stage sprint finish on the Cha(...)

A group of breakaway riders pedal through a rain storm near the town of Condom in the Pyrenees mountains during the 19th stage of theTour de France cycling race between Maubourguet and Bergerac.Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Cycling’s equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand before the official s(...)

Astana Pro Team’s Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton before his fourth stage win.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth stage success of the 101st Tour de France to all-but seal overall victory. Nibali (Astana) added victory on the 145(...)

Nicolas Roche of Tinkoff-Saxo on the climb to Pla d’Adet in the Pyrenees during the 17th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters.

Given the strength that Alberto Contador’s lieutenants – Michael Rogers, Nicolas Roche and Rafal Majka – have shown since the Tour de France entered (...)

 Saxo Tinkoff   rider Rafal Majka of Poland celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the  Tour de France  from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Poland’s Rafal Majka claimed his second victory of the 2014 Tour de France on stage 17 as Vincenzo Nibali further enhanced his hold on the race leader(...)

Australia’s Michael Rogers bows for cheering spectators as he crosses the finish line to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France into Bagneres-de-Luchon. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

While Michael Rogers devoured his first solo stage win in 10 attempts at the race with the aplomb of a man who has suddenly regained his appetite, the(...)

Trek Factory Racing rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland has quit the Tour de France to concentrate on September’s Road World Championships in Spain. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Fabian Cancellara announced his withdrawal from the Tour de France on the race’s first rest day on Tuesday, becoming the latest big name to exit, albe(...)

Spain’s Alberto Contador, acompanied by his Saxo-Tinkof team manager  Bjarne Riis, abandons the Tour de France  after crashing during the 10th stage, which started  in Mulhouse and finished in La Planche des Belles Filles. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Blood had been expected along the zigzagging paths towards La Planche des Belles Filles but not such an abrupt kill. Yet on another wild day at this y(...)

Alberto Contador of Spain sits in a  Saxo Tinkoff procycling team  car after crashing out  of the Tour de France on stage 10  from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Alberto Contador suffered a broken leg as he crashed out of the Tour de France on Monday as Vincenzo Nibali took full advantage with a scintillating v(...)