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(...)

Ryan Mullen, of An Post Chainreaction, after receiving the The Irish Sports Council under-23 white jersey from Miss An Post Rás Donna McCaffrey and Liz Murphy, Mayo Sports Partnership board member, following Stage Five of the 2015 An Post Rás in Ballina. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

Although the riders are yet to crack the Austrian race leader Lukas Postlberger, who up until now has had a vice-like grip on the yellow jersey he (...)

Matteo Malucelli celebrates as he crosses the line in Bearna. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

The Italian team Idea 2010 ASD bounced back after a controversial 24 hours, taking stage three of the An Post Rás in a big bunch sprint into Bearna. (...)

New Zealand’s Aaron Gate won the second stage of the An Post Rás. Photograph: Sportsfile

One day after taking the race leader’s yellow jersey due to his win on stage one of the An Post Rás, Italian rider Francesco Reda is heading home due (...)

Conor Dunne of An Post Chain Reaction (left) failed to cross into to top group in the first stage of An Post Rás. Photograph: Ciaran Fallon/Inpho.

Winning a two-man sprint to the line in Carlow, Italian rider Francesco Reda grabbed the first yellow jersey of this year’s An Post Rás when he beat (...)