Sir Bradley Wiggins will attempt to defend his Tour of Britain crown

Tour of Britain 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins bids to defend title as Mark Cavendish returns to British roads against rival Marcel Kittel

Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France the last time he competed on British soil

Chris Froome crosses the finish line

Vuelta a España 2014: Chris Froome vows to hit back after time-trial setback

The Team Sky rider lost 53 seconds to race leader and home favourite Alberto Contador

The Fredagsbirken biking event in Norway

Six cyclists at Norway's Fredagsbirken race poisoned after mistaking Omo clothing detergent for a sports drink

Organisers said competitors were warned against storing the bottles near their drinking water

Bradley Wiggins

Tour of Britain: Sir Bradley Wiggins named Team Sky leader

Wiggins will be defending his title at the event

British cyclist Christopher Froome of SKY and Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde of Movistar at the Tour of Spain

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome’s bad luck strikes again with sixth crash of year

After crashing three times in the Tour de France and being forced to abandon as a result of his injuries, Britain’s Chris Froome might have had reason to hope that his run of accidents had finally ended. But on Friday as Froome fell heavily at the Vuelta a Espana, he was proved wrong.

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky chases back to the peloton after being involved in a crash just after the start of stage four

Chris Froome back in the saddle but quick to play down his chances

Briton’s post-crash fitness will be put to test on his return to action in Spain’s Grand Tour

Defending champion Chris Horner was pulled out by his Lampre-Merida team on medical grounds

Vuelta a Espana 2014: Withdrawal of Chris Horner gives Vuelta organisers a headache

That dull thud you can hear coming from south-west Spain is the sound of the Vuelta organisers ASO’s heads banging against the nearest wall.

RideLondon death: Cyclist dies of sudden cardiac arrest

Kris Cook collapsed in Guildford on Sunday during the London-Surrey race

Some of the 639 cyclists bidding for a Guinness World Record for the largest bicycle bell ensemble, in front of the Guildhall in the City of London

RideLondon 100-mile bike race kicks off by breaking Guinness World Record for largest bicycle bell ensemble

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Olympic cyclist Laura Trott are among those taking part in the two day cycling festival this weekend

Vicente de Mateus and Enrico Rossi fight during stage six of the Volta a Portugal

Video: Cyclists brawl midway through stage on the Volta a Portugal 2014

Vicente de Mateus and Enrico Rossi had to be separated after colliding towards the end of the sixth stage

Peter Sagan

Tinkoff-Saxo sign Tour de France green jersey holder Peter Sagan on three-year deal

Sprinter joins team led by two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador

And… Bradley Wiggins
Cycle of Lies - The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur

Book of the week: Cycle of Lies - The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur

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Alex Dowsett of England goes past the Tolbooth in Glasgow on his way to victory in the men’s individual time trial yesterday

Commonwealth Games 2014: Delight for Alex Dowsett as he turns anger into golden ride

Time-trial gold for the man who missed out on the Tour de France

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