Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky defends the overall race leader's yellow jersey against Rohan Dennis of Australia riding for Team Garmin-Sharp

Tour of California 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins extends lead over Rohan Dennis to edge closer to tour victory

Wiggins leads by 30 seconds going into the final two stages after a testing Friday saw Johan Estebam Chaves take stage six victory

Nacer Bouhanni celebrates winning stage seven of the Giro
Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky defends his yellow jersey during stage five of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California

Tour of California 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins retains yellow jersey but Taylor Phinney secures stage five win in impressive fashion

Phinney broke clear with a solo burst before holding off the pursuing peloton

Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Tour of California yellow jersey on stage four

Tour of California 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins extends lead over Rohan Dennis as Will Routley wins stage four in Cambria

Wiggins leads stage three winner Dennis by 28 seconds in the general classification

Ben Swift was ‘race leader on the road’ during the fifth stage

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Sky rider was 'race leader on the road' before dropping 12 minutes back on the day's final climb
Sir Bradley Wiggin in action in the second stage of the Tour of California

Tour of California 2014: Bradley Wiggins sees lead cut after stage three

Wiggins moved into the lead after Monday's time trial

A junior cyclist has apologised for taking a selfie with German sprint specialist Marcel Kittel when he collapsed to the ground with exhaustion immediately after his Giro d'Italia stage win in Dublin

Marcel Kittel selfie: David McCarthy apologises for taking picture with collapsed cyclist

McCarthy's selfie resulted in a storm of criticism over his actions

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates winning Stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia in Belfast

Giro d'Italia 2014: Double stage winner Marcel Kittel forced to pull out of tour after suffering a fever

Kittel won two stages in Belfast and Dublin but collapsed at the finish line on Sunday and has been forced to pull out of the Giro due to illness

Sir Bradley Wiggin in action in the second stage of the Tour of California

Tour of California: Sir Bradley Wiggins takes overall lead as 2012 Tour de France winner claims stage 2 time trial victory

Wiggins takes victoy in the Folsom Time Trial to overtake Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish celebrates his Tour of California opening stage win

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Cavendish pipped Germany's John Degenkolb on the line in Sacremento

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Marianne Vos wins stage five in Bury St Edmunds to confirm her overall victory in the Women’s Tour of Britain

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Olympic gold medalist dominates final stage to seal overall victory

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Wiggle Honda's Laura Trott (right) speaks with her sister Emma (left) of Boels Dolmans Cycling Team before the start of Stage Four of the 2014 Women's Tour Of Britain in Cheshunt.

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Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates winning Stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia in Belfast

Giro d'Italia 2014: Marcel Kittel triumphs in perfectly controlled sprint finish to clinch Stage 2 in Belfast

German sprint specialist benefited from his Giant-Shimano team giving him the perfect platform for victory with Team Sky's Ben Swift finishing seventh

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