Eddy Merckx

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Netherlands’ Mike Teunissen (bottom) takes the first stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish ahead of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan. Photograph: EPA/ASO

Geraint Thomas shrugged off an opening stage tumble at the Tour de France as Mike Teunissen claimed a shock victory in Brussels. Thomas was among tho(...)

 Irish cyclist Seamus ‘Shay’ Elliott (1934 - 1971) takes a ride in a pram after arriving at Toulouse during the Tour de France in July 1961. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

Question: which Irish rider has worn the most yellow jerseys in the Tour de France? If you guessed Shay Elliott and Stephen Roche then give yourself (...)

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 (...)

Team Sky celebrate Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France victory on the Champs-Élysées back in July. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Every now and then a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing that it reshapes and even deforms the whole competition. So it was with the s(...)

A  map showing the official route of the 2019 edition of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

The route of the 2019 Tour de France will feature 30 categorised climbs, five mountain finishes but only 54km of time trialling in what the organisers(...)

Mark Cavendish: is to take an indefinite break from cycling after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, Team Dimension Data have announced.  Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Mark Cavendish will take an enforced break from cycling after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, commonly known as glandular fever, for a second(...)

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP

Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France, appealed for calm after tensions increased following Thursday’s chaotic climb of Alpe d’Huez (...)

 Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky. A success in this year’s Tour would  mean victory in four consecutively-held Grand Tours. The only other rider to do this was Merckx  back in 1972/1973.  Photograph: Getty Images

It is said there is no such thing as bad publicity, but the Tour de France organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), would beg to differ. Last Sund(...)

Chris Froome and his Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels during stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia from Susa to Cervinia on Saturday. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Chris Froome is set to complete a remarkable victory in the Giro d’Italia after retaining the leader’s pink jersey at the end of stage 20. The Team S(...)

Britain’s Chris Froome  crosses the finish line to win the  19th stage of the Giro d’Italia  from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia. Photograph: Daniel dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP

On one of the most extraordinary days in Giro d’Italia history, Chris Froome produced a performance that ripped the breath away, obliterating his riva(...)

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