French rider Nacer Bouhanni of FdJ team celebrates winning the second stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana cycling tour over 174.4km from Algeciras to San Fernando, southern Spain. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Nacer Bouhanni won stage two of the Vuelta a España in San Fernando in a sprint finish.The Frenchman was a comfortable winner ahead of Giant-Shimano’s(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to take the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana in La Covatilla, near Salamanca, three years ago. Photograph: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

It’s been a difficult season thus far for Ireland’s Dan Martin. Crashes and bad luck have complicated things, but he tells Shane Stokes that he’s mot(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin during training ahead of the UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Dan Martin expects Sunday’s Road World Championships road race in Florence to come down to the survival of the fittest.After a stellar year(...)

Chris Horner’s  Vuelta a Espana win has been soured by claims of an incomplete random test.  Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

RadioShack insist Spanish anti-doping officials are responsible for Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner missing an out of competition anti-doping test(...)

 Vuelta a España overall race winner Chris Horner of United States, centre, poses with second-placed Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, left, and third-placed Spaniard Alejandro Valverde on the podium in Madrid. Photograph: Paul White/AP
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Nicolas Roche yesterday completed the best Irish Grand Tour result since Seán Kelly won the 1988 Vuelta a España, when he finished fifth overall in th(...)

At 41, American Chris Horner becomes the oldest winner of a Grand Tour event after his victory in the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

American Chris Horner became the oldest winner of a Grand Tour when he took the overall classification of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday for the bigge(...)

America’s Chris Horner increased his lead to 37 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali after the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

Chris Horner extended his overall lead in the Vuelta a Espana after winning a dramatic battle with nearest rival Vincenzo Nibali during a brutal finis(...)

Radio Shack team rider Chris Horner took the lead after Stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

Chris Horner regained the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana from Vincenzo Nibali after a tight stage 19 which was won by Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (...)

Astana Pro Team rider Vincenzo Nibali. Photograph: Miguel Vidal/Reuters

Nicolas Roche moved up one place to fifth at the Vuelta a Espana after finishing 10th on stage 17 of the race from Calahorra to Burgos.The Team Saxo T(...)