Julian Alaphilippe celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s Elite Road Race in  Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images

Julian Alaphilippe timed his late attack perfectly to claim the world championship road race title on Sunday, giving France its first rainbow jersey s(...)

Lance Armstrong: throughout The Move he’s at times as self-mocking as he is unequivocally unapologetic, often both subject and butt of his own many jokes. Photograph: by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Does it feel like you’re waking up each morning at a different time and in another place? Have you being staying mostly inside during the day even t(...)

Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez blesses himself after winning stage 17 of the Tour de France from Grenoble to Meribel Col de la Loze. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/EPA

Mon Dieu! Combining the steepest hill and the highest mountain, the hardest part coming near the tail end, the Col de la Loze duly tested and then bro(...)

 France’s Nans Peters on his way to winning stage eight of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Rarely have two points won at an intermediate sprint counted for so little or so much. As a statement at least, Sam Bennett beating Peter Sagan under (...)

 Ireland’s Nicolas Roche celebrates his combativity prize at the end of stage 6  of the  Tour de France between Le Teil and Mont Aigoual. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/AFP via Getty Images

Having spent much of the previous night and morning too lamenting the lack of a single breakaway on Wednesday, Nicolas Roche duly attacked just three (...)

 Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates his green jersey  on the podium at the end of atage 5 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP via Getty Images

Taking his delight and disappointment and pressing them somewhere against the middle, Sam Bennett found nothing but pride in becoming only the third I(...)

Primoz Roglic celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fourth  stage  of the Tour de France  between Sisteron and Orcieres-Merlette. Photograph:  Stephane Mahe/AFP via Getty Images

Dave Brailsford’s Ineos Grenadiers team are in danger of bombing at this year’s Tour de France. The defending champion Egan Bernal was again left in t(...)

Australia’s Caleb Ewan  crosses the finish line ahead of Ireland’s Sam Bennett (left) during the third stage of the of the Tour de France between Nice and Sisteron. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/AFP via Getty Images

“Close but no cigar,” is how Sam Bennett aptly put in, the Irish rider coming within a split second of making hope and expectation perfectly rhyme, on(...)

Dan Martin of Ireland, Tiesj Benoot of Belgium and Stefan Kung of Switzerland during Stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche comfortably enjoyed the most satisfying Stage 2 of the Irish riders around the local Nice roads he knows so well, finishing in the main (...)

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(...)

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