Matt Brammeier told The Irish Times he first made contact with MTN Qhubeka m last summer, realising it would be an ideal fit. Photograph: Inpho

Hot on the heels of Wednesday’s announcement that the MTN Qhubeka team will make its Tour de France debut this July, the squad confirmed yesterday th(...)

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(...)

Nicolas Roche of Team Saxo-Tinkoff remains in second place at the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Miguel Vidal/Reuters

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert roared past late attacker Edvald Boasson Hagen to take stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday and claim his first win(...)

Marcel Kittel of Germany crosses the finish line ahead of Mark Cavendish of Britain and Peter Sagan of Slovakia (right) to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France over 218 kilometres from Fougeres to Tours yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo

The sense that, although this may be Chris Froome’s Tour, it is not a happy one for Team Sky strengthened yesterday when a crash two kilometres from t(...)

 Mark Cavendish (R) of Omega Pharma-Quick Step talks with Boy Van Poppel (L) of  Team Vacansoleil-DCM before they ride during stage eleven of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33KM Individual Time Trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Tony Martin set the early pace in the first individual time trial at the 100th Tour de France. The world time trial champion completed the 33km cours(...)

 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(...)

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(...)