Chris Froome of Britain’s Team Sky celebrates his Tour de France victory in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Rain at the Tour de France finish on the Champs Elysees is rare. Although the bulk of the soaking came during the early miles though the Paris subu(...)

 Yellow jersey:  ‘I ride clean and Team Sky rides clean,’ says Chris Froome. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

Bourg d’Oisans, late afternoon, July: we looked each other in the eye and swore it was not a race. Then, after the last clip of the pedals, the last s(...)

After the race’s first rest day on July 13th, the battle continues with three mountain stages, each ending with uphill finishes.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It’s being billed as the most open race since Stephen Roche’s 1987 Tour de France win, with four very evenly-matched leaders going head-to-head ove(...)

 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(...)

Alberto Contador is on course to win the Giro D’Italia despite  finishing 6th in the 20th stage, which was won by Fabio Aru

Barring a crash in Sunday’s final stage, Alberto Contador is poised to win the Giro d’Italia after the Spaniard limited the damage on the 20th stage,(...)

No Grand Tour has ever been won without some tale of hardship –  Dutch rider Rick Flens of Team LottoNL-Jumbo after crashing during the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d’Italia yesterday. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

There are six steel screws and a five-inch titanium bar where my left collarbone used to be. There’s a tiny piece of bone floating beneath my left kne(...)

Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pal Nicolas Roche leads his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates across the line during the Team Time Trial of the  Giro D’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When the rider clad in blue and yellow garb slowed to a halt on the Clontarf Road a few yards away, it took Vinny Fitzpatrick a moment to realise the (...)

The late Italian cyclist Marco Pantani: became hopelessly addicted to performance enhancing drugs and, six years after his Giro victory in 1998, was found dead in a hotel room in Rimini. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Thank God for forgiveness. Richie Boucher may be getting a rough ride for defending Bank of Ireland’s hard stance when it comes to the subject of debt(...)

Lance Armstrong (left) is not surprised Jan Ullrich of Germany (right), who was second in the 1998 Tour de France, has been revealed to have doped on that Tour. Photograph: Reuters

Lance Armstrong said he was not shocked by a French senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booste(...)

  Paul O’Neill on the descent from Col du Galibier during Marmotte 2013

The scene is a little chaotic. I’m on the outskirts of Valloire at the base of the Col de Galibier, in the Alps, with hundreds of other cyclists milli(...)