Fausto Coppi

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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(...)

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(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

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(...)

Bradley Wiggins pictured at the Olympic Park in London during the recent  Six Day London race. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

“People ask me now, ‘Are you Bradley Wiggins?’ and I always say, ‘I used to be,’” the former cyclist explains with a painful little smile as his famou(...)

Posters from the Peace Race which started in Warsaw and ended in Prague. Photographs from Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook (Thames and Hudson)

At times it is difficult to attach the term “golden age” to the sport of cycling when we consider how much of its gilding has always been corrupted by(...)

 Spanish rider Alberto Contador is congratulated by  Tinkoff-Saxo team  owner Oleg Tinkov on his way to completing victory in the Giro d’Italia in  Milan. Photo:  Claudio Peri/EPA

Alberto Contador enhanced his status as one of the greatest grand tour riders when the Spaniard clinched his second Giro d’Italia title on Sunday aft(...)

No Grand Tour has ever been won without some tale of hardship –  Dutch rider Rick Flens of Team LottoNL-Jumbo after crashing during the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d’Italia yesterday. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

There are six steel screws and a five-inch titanium bar where my left collarbone used to be. There’s a tiny piece of bone floating beneath my left kne(...)

The late Italian cyclist Marco Pantani: became hopelessly addicted to performance enhancing drugs and, six years after his Giro victory in 1998, was found dead in a hotel room in Rimini. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Thank God for forgiveness. Richie Boucher may be getting a rough ride for defending Bank of Ireland’s hard stance when it comes to the subject of debt(...)

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