A group of breakaway riders pedal through a rain storm near the town of Condom in the Pyrenees mountains during the 19th stage of theTour de France cycling race between Maubourguet and Bergerac.Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Cycling’s equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand before the official s(...)

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 (...)

Australia’s Michael Rogers bows for cheering spectators as he crosses the finish line to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France into Bagneres-de-Luchon. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

While Michael Rogers devoured his first solo stage win in 10 attempts at the race with the aplomb of a man who has suddenly regained his appetite, the(...)

Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Michael Rogers of Australia celebrates after winning the 16th stage.   Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Michael Rogers won his first stage of cycling’s Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained his overall lead. Rogers won the 16th stage -- a 2(...)

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(...)