The pack competes in the fifth stage of the 69th edition of the Vuelta a Espana . The fifth stage is 183.3 km long and goes from Riego de Cordoba to Ronda. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb won his second straight stage of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of a frustrated Nacer Bouhanni in Rondo on Wednesday while s(...)

German cyclist John Degenkolb  of Giant team celebrates as he wins the fourth stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana  from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Ireland’s Dan martin (blue and white) was fifth. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Ireland’s Dan Martin landed another impressive finish at La Vuelta a Espana when coming home fifth on stage four between Mairena del Alcor and Cordob(...)

  Dan Martin of Ireland . Photograph:  Harry Engels /Getty Images

Dan Martin showed superb form but was left with more than a little frustration at the end of today’s third stage of the Vuelta a España, with the Iris(...)

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(...)

Last year’s winner, Britain’s Chris Froome (left), and Spain’s Alberto Contador in action during the ninth stage – between Saint-Girons and Bagnères-de-Bigorre – of last year’s Tour de France. The pair lock horns again in what promises to be one of the closest contests since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

The debates are raging. Chris Froome will win because he dominated last year’s race, and because he won the Tours of Oman and Romandie this year. No, (...)

Philip Deignan leads Fabio Duarte and eventual stage winner Julian Arredondo on the final climb to Rifugio Panarotta yesterday. Photograph: Team Sky.

Irish professional Philip Deignan achieved his best Grand Tour performance since winning a stage and finishing ninth overall in the 2009 Vuelta a Esp(...)

Philip Deignan came home in third position on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ireland’s Philip Deignan claimed a place on the podium of the Giro d’Italia after a tough the tough 171km 18th stage from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotto(...)

 Colombian  Rigoberto Uran takes yesterday’s 12th stage of the  Giro d’Italia.

Previous race leader Cadel Evans was expected to tighten his grip on the pink jersey in yesterday’s time trial stage of the Giro d’Italia but instead(...)

France’s Nacer Bouhanni celebrates on the podium after winning the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Modena to Salso Maggiore. Photograph:  Gian Mattia D’Alberto/AP Photo

Nicolas Roche showed the signs that he was getting over his crash earlier in the Giro d’Italia when he rode aggressively in the finale of yesterday’s (...)

Riders cycle under heavy rain next to the San Giovanni Baptistery during the men’s elite road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Irish duo Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin’s dream of an Irish medal at cycling’s world road race championships disintegrated today due to bad luck and at(...)