Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

There are, broadly speaking, two types of cycling holidays. There’s those cyclists you see on, say, the Beara Peninsula, slogging uphill with packed p(...)

 Dan Martin will join UAE Team Emirates on a two-year deal from 2018. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Irish rider Dan Martin will join UAE Team Emirates in 2018 on a two-year deal, ending his association with Quick-Step Floors. Martin finished sixth (...)

“Chris Froome celebrates his  Tour de France victory on Sunday on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Photograph:  Franck Faugere/EPA

Chris Froome, with his fourth Tour de France in the bag thanks to one of the strongest final weeks he can remember putting in, is now likely to move o(...)

Chris Froome passes the Arc de Triomphe on the final stage  on his way to overall victory in the Tour de France. Photograph:  Robert Ghement/EPA

Chris Froome savoured his fourth Tour de France title as Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won stage 21 of the race in Paris. Froome was able to enjoy the c(...)

Dan Martin of Ireland and QuickStep Floors climbs the Col d’Izoard on stage eighteen of the 2017 Tour de France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dan Martin clocked up his best-ever finish in the Tour de France on Sunday, finishing sixth overall when the race crossed the finish line in Paris. Th(...)

Yellow jersey holder  Chris Froome of   Team Sky in action during stage 20 of the  Tour de France 2017  in Marseille, France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Chris Froome is set to win his fourth Tour de France title after increasing his lead in Saturday’s penultimate time trial in Marseille. Froome finish(...)

 Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides past a lavander field 19th stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche finished in the main bunch on Friday’s 19th stage of the Tour de France, with the peloton switching off to some extent af(...)

 Dan Martin of Ireland and QuickStep Floors climbs the Col d’Izoard on stage eighteen of the 2017 Tour de France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dan Martin was once again one of the most aggressive riders on a mountain stage of the Tour de France, firing off several attacks on the final climb o(...)

France’s Warren Barguil, wearing the best climber’s polka dot jersey, celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 18th stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Chris Froome conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet on the Col d’Izoard but took another step towards his fourth Tour de France title as Warren Bargui(...)

France’s Warren Barguil, wearing the best climber’s polka dot jersey, rides towards the finish line ahead of Colombia’s Nairo Quintana  at the end of 13th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

We were 50km into the 13th stage of the Tour de France when we saw the first mankini. Bearded, buxom and bulging inappropriately, its wearer was squa(...)