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 (...)

Last year’s winner, Britain’s Chris Froome (left), and Spain’s Alberto Contador in action during the ninth stage – between Saint-Girons and Bagnères-de-Bigorre – of last year’s Tour de France. The pair lock horns again in what promises to be one of the closest contests since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

The debates are raging. Chris Froome will win because he dominated last year’s race, and because he won the Tours of Oman and Romandie this year. No, (...)

The Team Sky riders  protect their leader Chris Froome early in the stage. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Christophe Riblon became the first French stage winner in the 100th Tour de France with victory on the historic double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez, whil(...)

Chris Froome after defending the overall race leader’s yellow jersey during stage 11 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAMat Mont Saint-MichelThe tides which sweep across the tidal flats around this legendary monastery-cum-fortress were compared by Vic(...)

Dan Martin remains in seventh overall in Tour de Suisse. Photograph: Getty

Irish duo Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche maintained their high overall placings on yesterday’s 161km fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse to Buochs, with (...)