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Tour de France 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins yet to decide his future despite reports that he will remain with Team Sky

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Germany’s Tony Martin, claimed yesterday’s stage

Tour de France 2014: Tony Gallopin delivers French fireworks as Tony Martin goes solo

Nibali relinquishes yellow jersey to save energy for today’s mountain stage

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Spaniard jumps 10 places to sixth behind Vincenzo Nibali as Sky’s Porte climbs to third

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Sagan appears comfortable in the points classification's green jersey, but he is still chasing a fifth stage win of his career and a first of the 2014 Tour

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Tour de France 2014: Xabi Zandio crash adds to Sky woes as Andre Greipel ends Marcel Kittel's sprint dominance

German rider takes victory on the 194km stage between Arras and Reims

Bradley Wiggins’ absence will be more keenly felt than ever after Chris Froome’s departure

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Team Sky’s strategy of placing all their bets on Chris Froome for the Tour de France in 2014, rather than having Sir Bradley Wiggins in the line-up as a Plan B, is in disarray following the abandonment of the race by the Kenyan-born Briton after barely five stages.

Marcel Kittel should continue to dominate

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