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 Dan Martin in action during the the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. Photograph:    Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dan Martin crashed twice on an action-packed ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as he slipped back to sixth place on general classification. (...)

 Team Sky rider Chris Froome: “My hunger to win hasn’t got any less but the challenge is bigger this year because the level of my rivals is higher.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Reuters

He was the dominant winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016 but, this time around, Chris Froome starts the Tour de France knowing things could be more difficult(...)

Portuguese cyclist Andre Cardoso Trek-Segafredo team has been provisionally suspended after failing a test for the banned blood-booster EPO.

Portuguese cyclist Andre Cardoso of Alberto Contador’s Trek-Segafredo team has been provisionally suspended after failing a test for the banned blood(...)

In March Sam Bennett took the biggest victory of his career thus far when he won stage three of Paris-Nice. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Having gone close to victory four times during the Giro d’Italia, netting stage placings of second, third, third and third there, Sam Bennett returned(...)

Ireland’s Daniel Martin (left) and Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang ride in a breakaway during the 115 km eighth and last stage of the 69th edition of the Criterium du Dauphine. Photograph: Getty Images

Dan Martin showed that his build-up to the Tour de France is bang on track with a highly impressive display on the final stage of the Criterium du Dau(...)

Professional cyclist Michele Scarponi has died in a road accident close to his home in Filottrano, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d’Italia champion, has been killed after being hit by a van while training close to his home in Filottrano, Italy, his(...)

 Dan Martin: “What I can  take out of this race is the fact that I’ve always been there and proved my consistency.” Photograph:  Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Dan Martin put in an aggressive performance on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday. He attacked hard with three kilometres remaining, g(...)

Dan Martin finished sixth in Volta a Catalunya. Photograph: Josep Lago/Afp

Great Britain’s Adam Yates missed out on a podium finish as Alejandro Valverde powered his way to a second Volta a Catalunya triumph. Movistar’s Valv(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin  is carried by his Quick-Step Floors team-mates  Jack Bauer, Yves Lampaert,  Julian Alaphilippe  and  David De la Cruz  as they celebrate their best team award at the end of Paris-Nice. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Dan Martin took the best Irish result in Paris-Nice since his uncle Stephen Roche was runner-up in 1990, finishing third overall in the event on Sunda(...)

Ireland’s Daniel Martin of QuickStep Floors battles with Colombia’s Team Sky rider  Sergio Henao   towards the finish line at the end of the 177km seventh stage  of the Paris-Nice  between Nice and Col de la Couillole on Saturday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Dan Martin provided a further indication of his progress as a rider when he finished third on the queen stage of Paris-Nice on Saturday, going head to(...)

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