Dan Martin: “I had a frustrating spring with crashes and I’m really motivated to do something in this Tour.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anyone who follows professional cycling in general, and the Tour de France in particular, knows that this sport is a very unpredictable one. The open(...)

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(...)

One of Tour de France favourites Alberto Contador told press conference in Utrecht yesterday completing the Giro/Tour  double would be a career-changing achievement. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

Speaking in advance of this year’s Tour de France, Seán Kelly has outlined his expectations for the three Irish riders who will be in the race when(...)

Nicolas Roche has been included in the Team Sky squad for the Tour de France. It'll be his seventh time in the competition. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche has been included in the Team Sky squad for the Tour de France. While compatriot Philip Deignan has missed out on selecti(...)

Alberto Contador was stripped of the Tour de France title he won in 2010. Photograph: PA Wire/PA Wire.

It’s a funny thing, credibility, intangible yet immediately identifiable. When you know, you know. Nietzsche believed it came from the senses and befo(...)

Chris Froome believes the opening nine stages of the Tour de France will hold the key to this year’s race. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Froome has likened the first nine stages of this year’s Tour de France to a series of one-day Classic races and suggested the scramble to the po(...)

The Col du Galibier climb has been removed from this year’s Tour de France following landslides. Photograph: Getty

The Col du Galibier climb has been removed from the 2015 Tour de France due to landslides, organisers have announced. The Tour, which begins on July 4(...)

Chris Froome has admitted to missing a drugs test earlier this year, blaming over-zealous hotel staff. Photograph: PA

Chris Froome has admitted missing a drugs test while on holiday earlier this year, in what the 2013 Tour de France winner described as “a hugely frust(...)

Sam Bennett has been confirmed as one of Bora-Argon18’s two leaders for the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty

What appears to have been an inadvertent - and, according to the Sky team, inaccurate - shortlist for the Tour de France caused concerns on Tuesday(...)

 Spanish rider Alberto Contador is congratulated by  Tinkoff-Saxo team  owner Oleg Tinkov on his way to completing victory in the Giro d’Italia in  Milan. Photo:  Claudio Peri/EPA

Alberto Contador enhanced his status as one of the greatest grand tour riders when the Spaniard clinched his second Giro d’Italia title on Sunday aft(...)