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Criterium du Dauphine 2014: Chris Froome on top again but Porte raises Tour concerns

Froome now leads his nearest rival by 12 seconds after winning the two opening stages

Chris Froome on his way to victory during yesterday’s time trial

Criterium du Dauphine 2014: Chris Froome cements status as Sky’s top man with stunning time-trial victory

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Tour de France 2014: Sky accused of 'low' act by leaving Sir Bradley Wiggins out of team

Former British cycling great Robert Millar has criticised the likely non-selection of Sir Bradley Wiggins for Team Sky's line-up in the Tour de France this year, calling it "the ultimate snub for the [Tour de France's] Grand Depart in Yorkshire."

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Alasdair Fotheringham: Sky have taken risk by discarding Tour de France expert Sir Bradley Wiggins

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Tour de France 2014: Chris Froome claims Sir Bradley Wiggins was 'mentally weak' during 2012 win

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Richie Porte will support the 2013 winner in the Critérium du Dauphiné

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Tour winner Chris Froome said three top hopes for this year’s race have not been tested at a training camp

UCI to investigate Chris Froome claim over lack of drug tests

The world governing body has said it will investigate claims made by Chris Froome that he has not been drug-tested during a fortnight at a Tour de France training camp in Tenerife.

Tour de France 2014: Ian Stannard is forced to let body heal and miss place in Chris Froome's title defence

The Team Sky rider suffered a fractured vertebra after a bad crash in April

Tour de France 2014: Ian Stannard is forced to let body heal and miss place in Chris Froome's title defence

The Team Sky rider suffered a fractured vertebra after a bad crash in April
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Sir Bradley Wiggins shows signs of a revival in Tour of California

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