Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali   leads the group ahead of Team Sky rider Chris Froome, wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, during the 161-km 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

As the rate of attrition stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Gard(...)

Etixx-Quick Step rider Mark Cavendish  celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the seventh stage of the  Tour de France  race from Livarot to Fougeres. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Mark Cavendish sprinted to his first Tour de France victory in almost two years and 26th in all on stage seven to Fougeres on Friday as the Manxman bu(...)

 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(...)

The penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour de France will finish on the gruelling  l’Alpe d’Huez . Photograph:  Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of gruelling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial – Tour de France organisers have design(...)

 Vincenzo Nibali kisses his wife Rachele after winning the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Vincenzo Nibali completed victory in the 101st Tour de France in Paris on Sunday as Marcel Kittel won an exciting final stage sprint finish on the Cha(...)

Stephen Roche in the Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey in the Dolomites, climbing during Roche’s first day as race-leader of the race, where Italian fans jeered and even spat at Roche because he’d beaten his own Italian team-mate Roberto Visentin. Photograph: Graham Watson 1:54

It is said that time heals everything, but Roberto Visentini might question that sentiment. Twenty seven years ago Ireland’s Stephen Roche went head t(...)

Stephen Roche, pictured with Northern Ireland investment minister Arlene Foster, has been inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame.

Stephen Roche has been inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim. Roche, who won t(...)

The peloton cycles past Sisters of the Cosolation congregation during the 228.5 km fifth stage of the Tour de France from Cagnes-Sur-Mer to Marseille Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The hands were raised and then whirred as if Mark Cavendish were banishing the illness and ill-fortune that has clung tightly to him at this year’s To(...)

 Mark Cavendish celebrates as he wins the fifth stage of the Tour de France from Cagnes-Sur-Mer to Marseille. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Mark Cavendish claimed his 24th Tour de France stage victory as he won the fifth stage with a perfect sprint as the end game was marred by a huge cras(...)