Cyclists in action during the 20th stage of the  Vuelta a Espana between Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil and the Port of Ancares Salvaterra in Galicia. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Alberto Contador all but crowned victory in the Vuelta a Espana as the Tinkoff-Saxo rider pulled away from Chris Froome on the final climb of the Tour(...)

Lampre’s Polish cyclist Przemyslaw Niemiec rides toward the finish line to win the 15th stage of La Vuelta in Lagos de Covadonga. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Dan Martin moved up three places to seventh on general classificiation on a day when Poland’s Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the (...)

 The pack in action during the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana  from Belorado to  Cabarceno yesterday. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Two attacks towards the end, but a final finishing position of ninth place; I definitely felt frustrated after the end of yesterday’s stage from Belor(...)

 Nairo Quintana  of Movistar is helped after falling during the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana  race. The Colombia rider was forced to abandon the race after fracturing a shoulder blade. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana crashed out of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday before a thrilling battle between the remaining contenders on the cl(...)

The pack in action during the ninth stage of the VVuelta Ciclista cycling race, of 185km between Carboneras de Guadazaon and Aramon Valdelinares. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Saturday, stage 8: Baeza to Albacete, 207km: Well, that stage was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done! It was completely flat o(...)

Cyclist in action under a light rain during the ninth stage of the 69th Vuelta a España, of 185km between Carboneras de Guadazaon and Aramon Valdelinares. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Colombian Nairo Quintana snatched the overall leader’s red jersey on the Vuelta a España after Alberto Contador’s late attack caused havoc in a group (...)

 Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana of Movistar  celebrates on the podium after claiming the overall  red jersey after the ninth stage of the  Vuelta  a Espana  between Carboneras de Guadazaon and Aramon Valdelinares. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Colombian Nairo Quintana snatched the overall leader’s red jersey at the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday after Alberto Contador’s late attack caused havoc(...)

  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(...)

Nicolas Roche of Tinkoff-Saxo on the climb to Pla d’Adet in the Pyrenees during the 17th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters.

Given the strength that Alberto Contador’s lieutenants – Michael Rogers, Nicolas Roche and Rafal Majka – have shown since the Tour de France entered (...)