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Commonwealth Games 2014: Joanna Rowsell races out of the shadow of her team-mates to take pursuit gold in the velodrome

England’s Rowsell sets gold standard as Kenny is forced to settle for silver

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates stage 13 victory of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali moves to reassure fans that he is performing clean after latest stage domination

The yellow jersey holder is on the verge of a maiden Tour title after a fourth stage win

Peter Sagan (right) has an unassailable lead in the sprinters’ points competition

Tour de France 2014: Flat return gives Peter Sagan chance for elusive win

The Slovak rider has an unassailable lead in the sprinters’ points competition but has been found wanting for power in bunch finishes

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The Italian enhances his lead to a near-unassailable 7mins 10secs with just three stages to go

Sir Bradley Wiggins in contemplative mood during training this week

Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins goes back to the track hoping to resurrect his future

The bell is beginning  to toll on his career and he needs to find a way  to ring it out on a high

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Tour de France 2014: Alberto Contador worse than first feared

Having pulled out of this year's Tour de France, the Spaniard will also miss the Vuelta a Espana

Michael Rogers takes a bow as he claims victory on stage 16 of the Tour

Tour de France 2014: Blistering climb by Thibaut Pinot gives the leaders a scare

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Wiggins, who like Sir Chris Hoy has seven Olympic medals, aims to compete in one more Olympics

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Mark Cavendish, back at the Tour for a day, says he is  still uncertain when he will return to racing

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Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali would provide a very different winner to the last Italian champion

Marco Pantani was the last Italian winner of the Tour back in 1998, and while a very different character to the leader of the current race, there are also similarities

Simon Yates has pulled out of the Tour de France after an impressive debut ride

Tour de France 2014: And then there was one - Simon Yates pulls out of the Tour to leave Geraint Thomas as the only British hope - so where did it all go so wrong?

With Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome already back home, Yates was pulled by his Orica GreenEdge team after an impressive Tour debut, but it highlights a much bigger problem

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

Commonwealth Games 2014: ‘I live a normal life. We walk the dogs, see his family...’ says Laura Trott about boyfriend Jason Kenny

All is well in the world of English cycling’s golden couple but Trott and Kenny go to the Commomnwealths in very different form

Jack Bauer reacts after losing in the final metres of the stage

Tour de France 2014: Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger’s day-long break ends in despair on the line

It is a cliché that sport can be cruel, but just 30 metres – or seven pedal strokes – was all that separated New Zealander Jack Bauer and Swiss national champion Martin Elmiger from success after a heroic 220km breakaway in Saturday’s stage of the Tour de France.

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Lizzie Armitstead at pains to do it for Queen and country

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Rafal Majka wins stage 14 of the 2014 Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Simon Yates makes major breakthrough

Young British rider shows immense promise after keeping pace with Tour favourites

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