Daniel Martin of Ireland riding for Etixx-Quick Step rides in the peloton during stage ninteen of the 2016 Le Tour de France, a 146km stage from Albertville to Saint Gervais Mont Blanc. Photograph:  Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Dan Martin put himself in line for ninth place overall in the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday by riding strongly on the final mountain stage of the (...)

Ireland’s Daniel Martin and Britain’s Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey ride under the rain as fans cheer during the 184,5 km ninth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

As a deluge of rain and hail fell on the super-category climb here, amid the lowering Pyrenean skies there was a little clarity over the identity of t(...)

Team Sky rider Chris Froome celebrates his win on stage eighth of the Tour de France at Bagneres-de-Luchon. Photograph:  Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Ireland’s Dan Martin made a big indication that he means business in the Tour de France, finishing a strong second on the toughest stage thus far in t(...)

 Italian cyclist Fabio Aru (C) of Astana, makes a toast with Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez (left) of Katusha and Polish rider Rafal Majka  of Tinkoff-Saxo at the start of the 21st and last stage of the  Vuelta a Espana, won by Aru. Photograph:  Javier Lizon/EPA

Italian Fabio Aru wrapped up a debut grand tour triumph when the beaming Astana rider coasted over the line on the final day’s ceremonial ride into Ma(...)

 Dutch cyclist  Tom Dumoulin on his way to winning the 17th stage of La Vuelta Espana, a 38.7 kilometres individual time trial in Burgos. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands seized the initiative and the Vuelta a Espana’s red jersey with a potentially decisive victory on Wednesday’s 17th st(...)

Lampre-Merida’s Portuguese cyclist Nelson Oliveira celebrates winning the 13th Stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 178km route between Calatayud and Tarazona. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira attacked from the breakaway for a solo win on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana. Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) broke free alone wi(...)

Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche of Ireland during the Vuelta Tour of Spain cycling race. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Nicolas Roche rode strongly on the stage-nine summit finish of the Vuelta a España on Sunday, netting eighth atop the first category summit finish t(...)

Tinkoff-Saxo  cyclist Peter Sagan (second from right) crosses the finish line to win  the third stage of the  Vuelta Espana, a 158.4km stage between Mijas and Malaga. Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Colombian Esteban Chaves retained the leader’s red jersey as Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to victory in a sprint finish to the Vuelta Espana third s(...)

 Chris Froome, wearing the  yellow jersey, rides in the pack past a lake during the 18th stage  of the Tour de France  between Gap and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French Alps. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Romain Bardet was victorious on stage 18 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome maintained his commanding advantage to move a step closer to a second t(...)

The peloton hits the cobbles on stage four of the Tour, a 223km stage between Seraing and Cambrai. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Monday, stage 3: Anvers to Huy (4th at 5 seconds): Fourth on a stage of the Tour de France; I’d hoped to be there for the win, sprinting it out for vi(...)

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