Book of the week: The Strangers Who Came Home by John Lazenby

Published in hardback by Bloomsbury, £18.99

Tour de Yorkshire 2015: Inaugural race to start in Bridlington and finish in Leeds

The cycling race takes place from May 1 to 3

Chris Froome, left, on the road with his Sky team-mates during media event in Majorca

Dave Brailsford calls for action on Astana doping

Chris Froome says last year’s painful Tour exit has made him more determined than ever to regain the yellow jersey

Mark Cavendish: I want to ride the Tour de France forever

As he prepares to start a new season, the greatest sprinter the Tour de France has seen tells Alasdair Fotheringham that after last year’s crash he wants to go on for as long as he can

Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins to launch cycling team

The Tour de France winner is preparing for the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games

Scientists analysed the physiological functions of more than 120 regular cyclists aged between 55 and 79, and failed to find any of the obvious signs of ageing they might have expected

The secret of eternal youth: skin-tight Lycra and a bicycle

Cycling shown to slow signs of aging

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain stands on the podium after winning the Elite Men's Individual Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins to exit Team Sky to lead development side

Wiggins widely expected to help develop young track riders

2015 Sporting Calendar: Rugby World Cup, Wimbledon, The Ashes, Tour de France and Cricket World Cup dates

Looking ahead to all the sporting events of 2015

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny announce engagement

The Olympic cyclists revealed their relationship at the London 2012 Games

The best sport selfies and photobombs of 2014, featuring the Queen and Lukas Podolski

Everyone wanted to get in front of the camera during a vintage year for sport

Kenyan Riders are the leading team in a country known for running; (top right) John Njoroge, who was killed in October

Chris Froome fires up Kenya's dream of distance glory on two wheels

High-altitude training should help produce cycling breakthrough but team rocked by lead rider’s death

Marcel Kittel in 'Clean Spirit - In the Heart of the Tour'

Clean Spirit – In the Heart of the Tour, review: Joy and agony in the world's biggest bike race

Fine documentary gets to the heart of a young team trying to win clean

‘Laura Trott has revived Team GB’s winning mentality,’ says Shane Sutton

Trott claimed two gold medals at the London Track World Cup

Laura Trott waves to the crowd after winning the Women's Omnium Scratch Race

UCI Track World Cup 2014: Terrific Laura Trott off to a flyer at the Olympic velodrome

Trott made a sensational start to the women’s omnium on day two of the Track Cycling World Cup

Great Britain's Women's Pursuit team (L-R) Kate Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne celebrate with their gold medals

UCI Track World Cup 2014: Double gold for Team GB after illness threatens to ruin first day

British women show no signs of letting slip their cycling domination

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Andy Murray reaches the final of the Australian Open after beating Tomas Berdych in another impressive display, but the match was marred by ill feeling
tennisScot’s appointment of Mauresmo a boost on and off the court
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France wing Yoann Huget received an official warning for diving
Rugby UnionSix Nations: Diving has crept into the game, but World Rugby are ready to stamp it out
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George Ford has won only six caps yet already looks a natural on the international stage
Wales vs England: No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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Star turn: The 18-year-old Keith Jarrett cut England to shreds in Cardiff in 1967
COMMENT Gareth Davies: We always beat England, don’t we?
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Women's Six Nations: England’s new captain discusses challenging the tomboy stereotype
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Man of vision: Ireland’s Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt is busy piling up the titles
Six Nations: Defending champions Ireland start this year's Six Nations as tournament favourites
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NFLSuper Bowl: Patriots are accused of breaking NFL rules by using balls that were deflated
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Paul Collingwood has just led Durham to their third title in six years
CricketCoach Collingwood backs his Scotland to take on the world
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Australia captain Michael Clarke has ‘substantial damage to a key part of the hamstring tendon’
Reports in Australia said Clarke had clashed with the national selectors
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Carl Frampton lands a blow on Kiko Martinez
BoxingInside Lines: ITV's coverage decision has has taken the sport by surprise
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Joe Burgess
Rugby LeagueSuper League: Rugby league’s top division has been radically redrawn to help safeguard its homegrown talent
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Serena Williams holds the Australian Open title
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Katie Swan gives it her all in the final
REPORT 15-year-old Katie Swan loses out in junior final to join Laura Robson as Australian Open runner-up
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Coach of Andy Murray, Amelie Mauresmo attends a practice session
Murray vs Djokovic: Murray will contest his fourth Australian Open final on Sunday
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Andy Murray of Great Britain is seen with coach Amelie Mauresmo
COMMENTCoach has provided a new dimension to the Scot, writes Ian Herbert
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Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mattia Destro and Marco Reus
FootballTRANSFER TALK The biggest transfer rumours and updates on Saturday 31 January
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Tiger Woods
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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