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(...)

Chris Froome at the Web Summit in the RDS: “It sounds silly, but we really are on that edge, pushing our bodies to the absolute limit, day in, day out.” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

One of the main complaints about the Web Summit is that at a dinky 20 minutes most of the on-stage interviews are too short. For Chris Froome those 20(...)

A map of the route for the 2016 Tour de France. Photograph: Afp

The Tour de France looks set to be dominated by the climbers once more in 2016 but cycling’s most prestigious stage race should get off to a calmer st(...)

 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(...)

 Paddy Cosgrave: founder of The Web Summit. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

This year’s Web Summit may be the last in Dublin – now where have we heard that before? Summit organiser Paddy Cosgrave clearly likes to keep local ad(...)

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave

This year may be the last time that the Web Summit is held in Ireland, according to the event’s founder Paddy Cosgrave. Speaking at the Web Summit’s (...)

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. He had been fourth overall prior to Wednesday’s stage. Photograph: Reuters/Jon Nazca

Having lost any chance of a high overall finish due to the after effects of a bad crash earlier in the race and a disappointing 11th stage on Wednesda(...)

Team Sky’s Chris Froome looks set to withdraw from the Vuelta A Espana after suffering an injury following a collision with a barrier yesterday. Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is out of the Vuelta a Espana with a fractured bone in his foot. The Team Sky leader, who has twice fini(...)

Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche of Ireland during the Vuelta Tour of Spain cycling race. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Nicolas Roche rode strongly on the stage-nine summit finish of the Vuelta a España on Sunday, netting eighth atop the first category summit finish t(...)

Trek’s Belgian cyclist Jasper Stuyven celebrates winning the eighth stage of the  Vuelta a Espana between Puebla de Don Fadrique and Murcia. Photograph:   Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Dan Martin was taken to hospital after crashing out of the Vuelta a Espana after a big crash on stage eight of the race that saw American Te(...)