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Although there was a women’s Tour de France run alongside the men’s event in the 1980s, there has been nothing substantial for a long time. Photograph: Getty Images

Motivated to prove a point about the lack of a women’s Tour de France, a 10-women group called InternationElles will ride the full 21 stages and 3,460(...)

Simon Yates descending  the Col du Galibier during the 2017 Tour de France. File photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The Tour de France holds many fond memories from an Irish perspective, not least Stephen Roche’s overall victory in 1987 and Sean Kelly winning the Gr(...)

‘To most of us, it seems obvious that when we are physically active, we burn more calories than when we are sedentary.’ Photograph: iStock

Our bodies seem to adjust to prolonged, repeated physical exertion and its energy demands by burning fewer – instead of more – calories over the cours(...)

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar in action for Team Ineos during the stage 21 team-trial at the Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Ask cycling analysts who the best Irish riders in history are and the same names will crop up. The trailblazer was Shay Elliott, who in the 1960s won (...)

Eddie Dunbar: he finished  La Route d’Occitanie  45 seconds behind the winner, world champion Alejandro Valverde

Eddie Dunbar finished a superb fifth overall in La Route d’Occitanie in France on Sunday, ending the four-day race 45 seconds behind the winner, world(...)

 Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Eddie Dunbar finished a fine seventh on Saturday’s toughest stage of La Route D’Occitanie, finishing 35 seconds behind his victorious Team Ineos team-(...)

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar came home in second place on the first stage of the   La Route d’Occitanie in France. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

After landing third place on a stage of the Giro d’Italia last month, Eddie Dunbar went agonisingly close to taking his first professional victory on (...)

Screengrab taken from the Twitter feed of Chris Froome as he recovered from a crash at the University Hospital of St Etienne. Photograph:  @chrisfroome/PA Wire

Chris Froome has left hospital to start his recovery from extensive injuries suffered in a crash during last week’s Criterium du Dauphine. Froome’s b(...)

Geraint Thomas has been taken to hospital after a crash in the Tour de Suisse. Photograph: Aaron Chown/AFP/Getty

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed out of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday, continuing Team Ineos’ woeful luck this month. Last Wednesday f(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin in action during stage seven of the Critérium du Dauphiné from Saint-Genix-les-Villages to Les Sept Laux-Pipay. Photograph:  Tim de Waele/Getty Images

With the Tour de France due to start in exactly three weeks, Dan Martin showed evidence of improving form with a strong ride on the mountainous sevent(...)

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