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(...)

Spectators try to cool off with cold water on the side of the street during first stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/EPA

Saturday, stage one, 13.4km individual time trial in Utrecht: What is my third Tour de France got underway on Saturday with an individual time trial (...)

Germany’s Andre Greipel (right) sprints to win ahead of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan  at the end of the 166km second stage  of the Tour de France  between Utrecht and Neeltje Jans island in the Dutch city of Vrouwenpolder in Zeeland province. Photograph:  Alix Guigon/AFP/Getty Images

On a stage decided largely by inclement weather, it seemed weirdly appropriate that the main beneficiaries should be Sky. Chris Froome could barely co(...)

 Rohan Dennis produced the fastest ever average speed recorded in a Tour de France time trial as he won the first stage. Photograph: Getty

Australian Rohan Dennis claimed the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France as defending champion Vincenzo Nibali stole some potentially vital secon(...)

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(...)

Chris Froome believes the opening nine stages of the Tour de France will hold the key to this year’s race. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Froome has likened the first nine stages of this year’s Tour de France to a series of one-day Classic races and suggested the scramble to the po(...)

The Col du Galibier climb has been removed from this year’s Tour de France following landslides. Photograph: Getty

The Col du Galibier climb has been removed from the 2015 Tour de France due to landslides, organisers have announced. The Tour, which begins on July 4(...)

Chris Froome has admitted to missing a drugs test earlier this year, blaming over-zealous hotel staff. Photograph: PA

Chris Froome has admitted missing a drugs test while on holiday earlier this year, in what the 2013 Tour de France winner described as “a hugely frust(...)

 Spanish rider Alberto Contador is congratulated by  Tinkoff-Saxo team  owner Oleg Tinkov on his way to completing victory in the Giro d’Italia in  Milan. Photo:  Claudio Peri/EPA

Alberto Contador enhanced his status as one of the greatest grand tour riders when the Spaniard clinched his second Giro d’Italia title on Sunday aft(...)

Maxim Iglinskiy of Astana, who tested positive for EPO. Photoraph: Michel Krakowski/AFP/Getty Images

There often comes a moment in any wordy or indeed worthy interview when the subject suddenly shifts uneasily in his seat and points towards the small (...)