Sam Bennett withdrew from this year’s Tour de France during stage 17. Photograph: Getty.

Sam Bennett made a fine return to competition three weeks after retiring from the Tour de France, clocking up third place on the opening stage of the(...)

Greg Van Avermaet hrld off Peter Sagan to win stage 13 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Epa

Blasted by hail in the mountains on Thursday, the Tour de France was basted in heat nudging 40C on the plains on Friday, speeding north-east in a swea(...)

 Italian rider Luca Paolini of the Katusha team, pictured here finishing stage three in Huy, has tested positive for cocaine and  has been provisionally suspended, ending his Tour de France, cycling’s world governing body has announced. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Italian Luca Paolini has tested positive for cocaine and has been provisionally suspended, ending his Tour de France, cycling’s world governing body h(...)

After the race’s first rest day on July 13th, the battle continues with three mountain stages, each ending with uphill finishes.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It’s being billed as the most open race since Stephen Roche’s 1987 Tour de France win, with four very evenly-matched leaders going head-to-head ove(...)

Ireland’s Caroline Ryan, Lydia Boylan, Lauren Creamer and Josie Knight in action at the Track World Championships. Photograph: Guy Swarbrick/Sportsfile

  Two years after winning the scratch race at the world track championships, Martyn Irvine tried to turn back the clock and scoop another (...)

Stage 19 of the Tour was affected by crashes after torrential rain in the Dordogne region. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retai(...)

Overall leader Astana Procycling team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy reads a newspaper on a rest day of the 101st Tour de France in Lignan-sur-Orb, France. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Sixteen days after the crash that put him out of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish is back on his bike but he is uncertain when he will be racing aga(...)

Alexander Kristoff of Noraway and Team Katusha celebrates as he wins the 15th stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 222km stage between Tallard and Nimes on Sunday. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

While usually the game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres of a flat stage of the Tour de France between pursuers and pursued is clearcut, the(...)

Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Team Katusha celebrates as he wins the 15th stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 222km stage between Tallard and Nimes. Photograph:  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

While usually the game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres of a flat stage of the Tour de France between pursuers and pursued is clearcut there a(...)

 Alexander Kristoff (left) of Norway celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the 12th stage of the  Tour de France  from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne. Photograph: Bas CzerwinskI/EPA

Peter Sagan’s quest for a stage win took another frustrating turn when he was unable to find the space in the final metres to come past the Norwegian (...)