Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali   leads the group ahead of Team Sky rider Chris Froome, wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, during the 161-km 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

As the rate of attrition stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Gard(...)

Germany’s Tony Martin is supported by his Etixx-Quick Step team-mates as he limps towards the finish line in Le Harve yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters.

Tony Martin was forced to pull out of the Tour de France last night after crashing in bizarre circumstances just inside the closing kilometre of stage(...)

 Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski on his way to win the Men Elite Road Race during the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, yesterday. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Michal Kwiatkowski became the first Polish rider to win the elite world road race championships. The 24-year-old attacked yesterday on the final lap, (...)

 Alex Dowsett of Great Britain and Movistar watches the TV to check if he has taken the race lead after stage six of the Tour of Britain from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dan Martin will face a crucial test in his battle to hold onto sixth place in the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday. He finished in the reduced-size (...)

Nicolas Roche: he tried to get closer to race leader Michal Kwiatkowski on yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche tried to get closer to the yellow jersey of race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on yesterday’s fifth stag(...)

Matthias Brandle of IAM cycling won stage five of the Tour of Britain.  Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Austria’s Matthias Brandle escaped to victory on stage five of the Tour of Britain in Exeter on Thursday as Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski retained the (...)

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(...)

Fans run alongside Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Chris Froome of  Britain  during stage 15 of the  Tour de France, from Givors to Mont Ventoux. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Saturday, Stage 14: St Pourçain sur Sioule to Lyon (191km):Saturday was a day when a very big group fought it out between them for the stage win, but (...)

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(...)