After the race’s first rest day on July 13th, the battle continues with three mountain stages, each ending with uphill finishes.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It’s being billed as the most open race since Stephen Roche’s 1987 Tour de France win, with four very evenly-matched leaders going head-to-head ove(...)

John McKeag: Retired shipyard worker (93) was the oldest participant in the 58km event

More than 3,200 cyclists took part in the inaugural Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia event in Northern Ireland, and while the professional entrants turned hea(...)

Members of Team Sky leaving the Titanic Belfast  on stage one of last year’s Giro D’Italia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thousands of cyclists will follow in the wheeltracks of top professionals when they leave Belfast for the inaugural Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia this week(...)

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(...)

Waterford IT will take on Cork IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals in a repeat of the 2014 final.

WIT 1-18 DIT 1-7 Fitzgibbon Cup holders WIT outscored DIT by 11 points to three in the second half at Carriganore last night to book a spot in the se(...)

 Nicolas Roche has signed with TEam Sky for 2015. Photograph:  by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

After two years of working for Alberto Contador in the Tour de France, Nicolas Roche today confirmed he had committed to doing the same for Chris Fro(...)

Rough ride: the doping whistleblower Paul Kimmage still asks tough questions

Obsessives are the stuff of often weirdly compelling television. Take the parents in Child Genius (Channel 4, Monday). The series, back for a second y(...)

Fame or Shame? Many of the controversial baseball figures  remain steadfastly perched on the ‘never-tested-positive’ rampart.

Knowing little about baseball, and caring even less, it was only Charlie Sheen’s doleful eve-of-marriage declaration that he was about to “ship the pe(...)

Spectators line the street for the best view of the finish of stage three of the Giro d’Italia on Merrion Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The worlds of two of Dublin’s most famous sons, Stephen Roche and Roddy Doyle, collided on Merrion Square in the city centre yesterday.As some of the (...)

Stephen Roche, the first Irishman to win the Giro d’Italia, poses for photographs at the finish line of Stage Two of the 2014 Giro  in Belfast. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Heralding the start of the Giro d’Italia here as a success, two of those involved in the project to host the race on the island of Ireland yesterday s(...)