Astana chief Alexandr Vinokourov: with Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. The team manager tested positive for blood doping in 2007 when a professional rider. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The UCI president Brian Cookson has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de(...)

A group of breakaway riders pedal through a rain storm near the town of Condom in the Pyrenees mountains during the 19th stage of theTour de France cycling race between Maubourguet and Bergerac.Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Cycling’s equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand before the official s(...)

Astana Pro Team’s Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton before his fourth stage win.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth stage success of the 101st Tour de France to all-but seal overall victory. Nibali (Astana) added victory on the 145(...)

Trek Factory Racing rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland has quit the Tour de France to concentrate on September’s Road World Championships in Spain. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Fabian Cancellara announced his withdrawal from the Tour de France on the race’s first rest day on Tuesday, becoming the latest big name to exit, albe(...)

Spain’s Alberto Contador, acompanied by his Saxo-Tinkof team manager  Bjarne Riis, abandons the Tour de France  after crashing during the 10th stage, which started  in Mulhouse and finished in La Planche des Belles Filles. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Blood had been expected along the zigzagging paths towards La Planche des Belles Filles but not such an abrupt kill. Yet on another wild day at this y(...)

Alberto Contador of Spain sits in a  Saxo Tinkoff procycling team  car after crashing out  of the Tour de France on stage 10  from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Alberto Contador suffered a broken leg as he crashed out of the Tour de France on Monday as Vincenzo Nibali took full advantage with a scintillating v(...)

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(...)

The race suit of Britain’s Christopher Froome is torn after he crashed during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers from Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France. Photograph: AP Photo

This was a stage for the ages, but its images are already seared into memories. The peloton, splattered and scattered by the rain and cobbles along t(...)

 Chris Froome carried on after he crashed early on in the stage but bowed out after coming to grief later in the day.

Chris Froome revealed his despair after his Tour de France title defence ended on Wednesday’s cobbled fifth stage following three crashes in two days(...)

 Astana Procycling team rider Vincenzo Nibali celebrates after winning the second stage of the Tour de France  between York and Sheffield. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali launched a late attack to win stage two of the Tour de France in Sheffield on Sunday and claim the race leader’s yellow jersey(...)