Xabier Zandio of Spain and Team Sky lies on the ground after being involved in a crash on the descent of the Cote de Coucy-le-Chteau-Auffrique which forced him to abandon the race during stage six of the 2014 Le Tour de France from Arras to Reims: Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Team Sky’s problems continued as Spaniard Xabier Zandio joined Chris Froome in exiting the Tour de France. Defending champion Froome abandoned on Wedn(...)

 Crowds cheer as cyclists competing in the Tour de France pass through Parliament Square at the end of the race’s third stage  in London, England. Photograph: Getty Images

With two victories in the first three days of the Tour, Marcel Kittel already looks unstoppable. As Buckingham Palace loomed behind him, he had the s(...)

 Team Saxo-Tinkoff drives the pace at the head of the group during stage 13 of the  Tour de France. Their teamwork was impressive in the day’s final break. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

What a day. That must have looked entertaining on the television. Stage 13 was supposed to be a stage where nothing much happened, but there were cros(...)

Dan Martin’s Garmin-Sharp team-mate Jack Bauer is treated along with Lotto Belisol rider Gregory Henderson during yesterday’s 12th stage. Photograph: AP Photo

For those of us who are looking to ride well in the mountain stages and the general classification of the Tour de France, the flat stages are dangerou(...)

Marcel Kittel of Germany crosses the finish line ahead of Mark Cavendish of Britain and Peter Sagan of Slovakia (right) to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France over 218 kilometres from Fougeres to Tours yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo

The sense that, although this may be Chris Froome’s Tour, it is not a happy one for Team Sky strengthened yesterday when a crash two kilometres from t(...)

Chris Froome after defending the overall race leader’s yellow jersey during stage 11 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAMat Mont Saint-MichelThe tides which sweep across the tidal flats around this legendary monastery-cum-fortress were compared by Vic(...)

Germany’s Marcel Kittel (right) outsprints compatriot Andre Greipel to win stage 10 of the Tour de France.

The other sprinters in the peloton and their domestiques have found Mark Cavendish’s measure. By the sparkling waters of the Channel, in front of Vaub(...)

Argos-Shimano team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates on the podium after he won the 197 km tenth stage of the centenary Tour de France.  Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Marcel Kittel won stage 10 of the Tour de France in Saint-Malo after Mark Cavendish was involved in a collision during the sprint to the line.Ireland’(...)

The pack of riders  on its way during the 205.5 km seventh stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Montpellier to Albi  yesterday. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Peter Sagan has been a bridesmaid often enough during this year’s Tour de France, but with his sprint rivals flayed on the road to Albi, he played the(...)

Andre Greipel of Germany celebrates crossing the finish line ahead Peter Sagan of Slovakia, second, left, and Marcel Kittel of Germany, third, rear in white, to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France into  Montpellier. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP.

It was a day for cool minds not hot heads, for intricate planning not muscular wham-bam-slam. For a first Tour de France stage win in 2013 for Andre G(...)