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(...)

Ulster will decide today whether to appeal the two-week suspension Jared Payne received for the “reckless act” that injured Al(...)

There were rational explanations for Froome’s superlative climbing performances in this year’s Tour de France. Photograph: Reuters

In the first Tour de France of the post-Lance Armstrong era, the much reviled former seven-times tour winner played a disproportionately large role. N(...)

Fans run alongside Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Chris Froome of  Britain  during stage 15 of the  Tour de France, from Givors to Mont Ventoux. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Saturday, Stage 14: St Pourçain sur Sioule to Lyon (191km):Saturday was a day when a very big group fought it out between them for the stage win, but (...)

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(...)

Nicolas Roche (left) moved up to ninth overall following the fourth stage of the Tour de France. Photograph:   Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche missed out on a chance to claim the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Tuesday after his Saxo-Tinkoff could only claim fo(...)

The peloton negotiates a climb during stage three from Ajaccio to Calvi in Corsica.

Stage 3, Ajaccio - Calvi (145.5km)The Tour de France is three stages down and now moves to the French mainland in Nice. The time in Corsica came to an(...)

Orica Greenedge’s Simon Gerrans sprints to win the third stage of the  Tour de France   from Ajaccio to Calvi on  Corsica. Cannondale  rider Peter Sagan (right) of Slovakia took second place. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Simon Gerrans of Orica GreenEdge won the third stage of the 100th Tour de France in a sprint finish in Calvi as Peter Sagan settled for second for a s(...)

Jan Bakelants of Belgium crosses the finish line ahead of the sprinting pack to win the second stage of the Tour de France  over 156 kilometres which  started in Bastia and finished in Ajaccio, Corsica. Photograph: Laurent Rebours/AP

Two stages down, nineteen to go. While there’s still a very long way to go in this year’s Tour de France, I already notice a difference compared to(...)