Cyclists take part in the Mallorca 312, a long-distance circumnavigation of the island by bike. Photographs: Mallorca312.com

‘This,” says one of my lycra-clad colleagues, “is what cycling is made for.” He waves a gloved hand in the direction of the sky (perfect blue), the(...)

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(...)

Irish rider Sam Bennett on the podium earlier this week. Of yesterday’s sprint he said: “I think I was about 10th when the sprint started. I moved up to fourth by the line, but needed to be closer before it began”

Victorious on Wednesday’s opening stage of the Tour of Bavaria race, Irish sprinter Sam Bennett performed well again to finish fourth on yesterday’s (...)

Philip Deignan is in line for his first Tour de France appearance this July. Photograph: Inpho

After riding the Giro d’Italia last year in support of team leader Richie Porte, Philip Deignan’s omission from the Team Sky squad for the race this (...)

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

MEPs have called on the European Commission to introduce mandatory labelling of calories for alcoholic drinks by 2016 as part of a broader EU strategy(...)

 Dan Martin: crashed early in Wednesday’s race and while he was able to return to the peloton, withdrew as a precaution. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Still recovering from his crash in Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne, Dan Martin is hoping to start Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday.“Medical staff continues(...)

 Irish cyclist Sam Bennett. EPA/CARLOS BARBA

Sam Bennett’s road to recovery from a bad crash in Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs race is moving smoother than first expected, with the concerning images o(...)

Ryan Mullen said he had “many sleepless nights” after narrowly missing out on victory Ponferrada. Photograph: Ciaran Fallon/Inpho

Six and a half months after missing gold by an agonising 0.48 seconds, Ryan Mullen has made it clear his top season goal is making up for that close (...)

Sam Bennett will be part of the Bora-Argon 18 team’s line-up for Sunday’s Classic, Milan-San Remo. Photograph: Inpho

Sam Bennett continues his bid to gain experience prior to his first Tour de France with the Irish sprinter set to make his debut in Milan-San Remo th(...)

Data mining: It’s hard to think of anything you can do these days – online or off – that doesn’t leave a trail of data crumbs

Some 18 months after the first NSA revelations by Edward Snowden, the outrage in Europe about US intelligence snuffling through our data has dropped f(...)