Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium after his green jersey victory. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty/AFP

Traditionally the only thing as epic as the last day of the Tour de France down the Champs-Élysées is the epic after-party for each of the jersey winn(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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’(...)

Peter Sagan (centre) of Slovakia breaks  ahead of Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (right) in the road race world championship  in Bergen, Norway.  Photograph: Cornelius Poppe/EPA

Peter Sagan stayed quiet all day before timing his effort to perfection in the final sprint to become the first rider to claim three road race world c(...)

 Vincenzo Nibali kisses his wife Rachele after winning the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Vincenzo Nibali completed victory in the 101st Tour de France in Paris on Sunday as Marcel Kittel won an exciting final stage sprint finish on the Cha(...)