Ryan Mullen (An Post Chain Reaction) making a solo effort for the win. Photograph: Ciaran Fallon/Inpho

‘I am a year stronger, my watts are better, my position is better and I am lighter’

 Alex Dowsett of Great Britain and Movistar watches the TV to check if he has taken the race lead after stage six of the Tour of Britain from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche remains fourth overall in the Tour of Britain behind new race leader Alex Dowsett

Nicolas Roche: he tried to get closer to race leader Michal Kwiatkowski on yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Roche sprints in ninth on stage, finishing as part of 35-man group

  Edoardo Zardini of Bardiani CSF celebrates on the podium after winning Stage Three of the 2014 Tour of Britain from Newtown to Abergavenny. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Italy’s Edoardo Zardini emerged triumphant claiming the overall leader’s yellow jersey

The pack during yesterday’s  15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana,  held over 152.2km between Oviedo and Lagos de Covadonga in northern Spain. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Rider cut his leg badly when he went over a guardrail and ended up in a ravine in Spanish race

If things go to plan, Nicolas Roche would hope to be challenging  for  general classification honours at the upcoming Tour of Britain. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Velo/Getty Images

Strong showing in GP Ouest France pleases Tinkoff-Saxo rider

 German cyclist   John Degenkolb celebrates after winning the 12th stage of La Vuelta a Espana. Photograph: Javier Lizon  / EPA

German John Degenkolb takes his third stage win after crash late on stage 12

Paralympic cyclist Mark Rohan who finished fourth  in the H2 road race. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

World road championship haul includes gold medal for Eoghan Clifford

The pack in action during the ninth stage of the 69th Vuelta Ciclista cycling race. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Unfortunate timing but Martin finished with Froome and Valverde

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