Alberto Contador: “Of course I feel some sympathy for Froome. During the Tour you put in an incredible effort. And to lead the race takes even more. I still think cycling is a beautiful sport but some people just want to disturb the race. It’s sad.”

Chris Froome’s decision to release all independent analysis of his test results will not be enough to satisfy the two-time Tour de France winner’s cri(...)

 Italian cyclist Fabio Aru (C) of Astana, makes a toast with Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez (left) of Katusha and Polish rider Rafal Majka  of Tinkoff-Saxo at the start of the 21st and last stage of the  Vuelta a Espana, won by Aru. Photograph:  Javier Lizon/EPA

Italian Fabio Aru wrapped up a debut grand tour triumph when the beaming Astana rider coasted over the line on the final day’s ceremonial ride into Ma(...)

Astana’s rider Fabio Aru from Italy celebrates on the podium after becoming the overall leader at the end of the 20th stage between San Lorenzo del Escorial and Cercedilla. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

Fabio Aru all but secured a debut grand tour triumph when he left overnight leader Tom Dumoulin floundering on the third ascent of Saturday’s penulti(...)

Ciaran Kelly pictured with Sean Kelly (no relation) in 2005.

Irish amateur cyclist Ciaran Kelly has been banned for four years from competition after testing positive test for Clenbuterol in April 2014. The ba(...)

 Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, ride in the pack during the 18th stage of the Tour de France  between Gap and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the  French Alps. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Froome’s carbon-fibre bike was one of half a dozen examined after the finish here by commissaires looking for the hidden electric motors that(...)

 Chris Froome, wearing the  yellow jersey, rides in the pack past a lake during the 18th stage  of the Tour de France  between Gap and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French Alps. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Romain Bardet was victorious on stage 18 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome maintained his commanding advantage to move a step closer to a second t(...)

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali   leads the group ahead of Team Sky rider Chris Froome, wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, during the 161-km 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

As the rate of attrition stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Gard(...)

 Andre Greipel of Germany and Lotto-Soudal crosses the finish line ahead of John Degenkolb,  Alexander Kristoff  and Peter Sagan  to win stage 15 of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

With extra police around the Team Sky bus at the start of the stage – five officers rather than two the team said – Chris Froome enjoyed a more settl(...)

“One team that certainly got things right is Chris Froome’s Sky. He blasted clear and dominated the stage.” Photograph: Yoan Valat/Epa.

Rest days are always a little unpredictable in a race such as the Tour de France. Riders have been digging deep for a week or more, then you have a da(...)

Team Sky rider Chris Froome celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 167-km 10th stage of the  Tour de France  from Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

A few hundred metres before the finish here the road swings across the rocky mountainside in a vast, shallow hairpin bend which takes just under a min(...)