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 (...)

The peleton early in the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, over from Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse. Photograph: EPA

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his third stage win of this year’s Tour de France to increase his lead in the overall classification at the end of stage 13.Ni(...)

Spain’s Alberto Contador, acompanied by his Saxo-Tinkof team manager  Bjarne Riis, abandons the Tour de France  after crashing during the 10th stage, which started  in Mulhouse and finished in La Planche des Belles Filles. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Blood had been expected along the zigzagging paths towards La Planche des Belles Filles but not such an abrupt kill. Yet on another wild day at this y(...)

Dan Martin lies in 20th place in the Volta a Catalunya with three stages to go.

Joaquim Rodriguez is on course to improve on his second overall in last year’s Volta a Catalunya, with the Ka(...)

Portugal’s Rui Costa celebrates as he crosses the finish to win the men’s elite road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Photograph: Reuters.

They had the form to challenge in the final laps, but unfortunately not the luck. Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin were among droves of riders who crashed(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin during training ahead of the UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Dan Martin expects Sunday’s Road World Championships road race in Florence to come down to the survival of the fittest.After a stellar year(...)

Radio Shack team rider Chris Horner took the lead after Stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

Chris Horner regained the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana from Vincenzo Nibali after a tight stage 19 which was won by Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (...)

Ireland’s Philip Deignan will ride with Team Sky next year. Photograph: Inpho

Nicolas Roche yesterday finished in the main bunch on stage 13 of the Vuelta a España, crossing the line two minutes 43 seconds behind the solo winne(...)

 Nicolas Roche competes in the 11th stage of the 68th edition of La Vuelta, a 38.8km individual time-trial, in Tarazona. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche underlined the improvements he has made against the clock this year when he posted the best time trial of his career on yesterday’s stag(...)

Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider Tony Martin of Germany cycles past the Mont Saint-Michel during the 32 km individual time trial 11th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Well, as I had thought beforehand, the time trial turned out to be a tough day. The result is not great, finishing 62nd and over three minutes behind (...)