Fabian Cancellara has pulled out of the Tour de France after fracturing vertebrae during a crash in stage three. Photograph: Reuters

Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour de France after fracturing two vertebrae in the horrific crash that interrupted Monday’s stage three fro(...)

Trek Factory rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland receives assistance after a fall during the 159,5km third stage of the Tour de France from Anvers to Huy, Belgium. Photograph: Reuters

Chris Froome lost out on the win but took the overall lead on a stage interrupted by a horrible crash that could have been a lot worse. Looking home (...)

Scores of riders lie on the road after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium. Photo: Christophe Ena/AP

Chris Froome showed his strength — and took the race leader’s yellow jersey — with second place on a stage three of the Tour de France marred by a hig(...)

Orica Greenedge rider Michael Matthews of Australia celebrates after crossing the finish line of the 136km  third stage of the  Giro d’Italia   from Rapallo to Sestri Levante. Photo: Fabio Ferrari/Reuters/La Presse

Australia’s Michael Matthews extended his overall Giro d’Italia lead after sprinting to victory in a third stage that saw Italian Domenico Pozzovivo s(...)

 Australian cyclist Michael Matthews, the new   overall leader  of the Giro d’Italia ,  celebrates on the podium after the  second  stage from Albenga to Genoa. Photo:  Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Italy’s Elia Viviani won the second stage of the Giro d’Italia as Australian Michael Matthews took control of the race leader’s Maglia Rosa.Team Sky’s(...)

Dan Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 108th edition of the Giro di Lombardia in October. Photograph:  Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

After a turbulent season dotted with disappointments but ending on a high, Dan Martin is seeking to replicate his 2013 blueprint in the coming year. T(...)

 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, (...)

 Crowds cheer as cyclists competing in the Tour de France pass through Parliament Square at the end of the race’s third stage  in London, England. Photograph: Getty Images

With two victories in the first three days of the Tour, Marcel Kittel already looks unstoppable. As Buckingham Palace loomed behind him, he had the s(...)

Mark Cavendish speaks to the press after it was confirmed  he will miss the rest of the Tour de France  following the shoulder injury he suffered on the first stage in Harrogate on Saturday. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

Mark Cavendish was philosophical on Sunday after his Tour de France came to a premature end with a shoulder injury caused in a crash for which he took(...)

The peloton passes through the village of Muker, Yorkshire during the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France is in the balance after the dramatic crash which ended the Manxman’s dreams of wearing the yellow jersey in his mother(...)