Eddy Merckx

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French cyclist Laurent Fignon lost the 1989 Tour de France by just eight seconds after America’s Greg LeMond put in a stunning final time-trial. Photograph:  Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Eight seconds. What can you do in eight seconds? You can’t lose a bike race of 3,285km around your own country, of 21 stages plus a prologue time-tria(...)

San Bennett: “I know we’ve a fantastic team for this race, and we should able to have a good shot in a lot of stages here.”

“Cycling is suffering.” Fausto Coppi said that, and he knew what he was talking about, the original Il Campionissimo won who the Tour de France not o(...)

 Chris Froome  and the rest of the peloton cycle past the Arc de Triomphe during the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

The 107th edition of the Classic features a Grand Départ on the Riviera and eight mountain days on the 21-stage route Stage 1: Saturday, August 29th,(...)

The 21  switchbacks on Alpe d’Huez are each numbered in descending order. Photograph:  Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Bourg d’Oisans, July 26th, 2011 Late afternoon and the Alps are hot. We take one last sip from our water bottles, run a quick check over each tyre pr(...)

Stephen Roche celebrates after winning in 1987. Photo: Getty Images

The voice is almost shot already, the madness only beginning to unfold. Boom, the ski resort seeming to shake as Lauren Fignon of Système U and profe(...)

Spain’s Miguel Indurain in the yellow jersey  is protected by his team-mates Marino Alonso (left) and Pedro Delgado (centre) during the 17th stage of the 1992 Tour de France. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP via Getty Images

If memory serves, the bus from Bilbao pulled into San Sebastian on the Friday morning. Thursday night had been spent on the sleeper train from Madrid’(...)

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(...)

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