Tour de France 2014: Win a pair of tickets for the Tour de France finish line

Video: Win a pair of hospitality tickets at the Tour de France finish line: all you need is a bike and a camera

No Tour de France winner since 2006 has defended their title, a fact Chris Froome wants to fix

Tour de France 2014: Defending crown will be no walk in the park, says Chris Froome

No Tour winner since 2006 has defended their title

Marcel Kittel ended Mark Cavendish’s run of four consecutive Champs-Elysées victories last year

Tour de France 2014: Marcel Kittel waiting to capture Manx Missile’s sprint crown

When Marcel Kittel took part in the Giro d’Italia in Northern Ireland this May, the Belfast Telegraph namechecked the Giant-Shimano rider as “one of the top 10 things to watch out for in the race”. The Telegraph reasoned the 26-year-old sprinter’s handsome blond looks were sure to cause heads to turn – but  as it happened, Kittel did not need to rely on them to be the centre of attention.

Riders of the Sky cycling team parade in streets of Leeds

Tour de France arrives in Yorkshire ahead of Saturday's 'grand depart'

The people of Yorkshire got their first sight of the famous peloton tonight as the teams competing in Saturday’s grand depart of the Tour de France processed through the streets of Leeds.

Sheep painted in the colors of the Tour de France winners jerseys, graze in fields near Harrogate

Tour de France 2014: Sheep painted in colours of race jerseys to celebrate start of competition

The farmer who painted the sheep also laid out a yellow jersey-shaped flower bed ahead of the event

Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 preview with Chris Boardman

A look ahead to the 155km stage between Cambridge and London

Tour de France: UCI tightens doping controls ahead of the Tour

The Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), professional cycling's governing body, has revealed plans to tighten up anti-doping controls at this year's Tour de France, which begins on Saturday 5 July in Leeds.

Chris Froome, Team Sky’s leader, says he has recovered from a fall last month

Tour de France 2014: I’m ready and fully recovered, claims Chris Froome

The Team Sky leader and defending champion remains as unflappable as ever

Last year Daryl Impey became the first African to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey

Tour de France 2014: History maker Daryl Impey dropped from team after failing drug test

The first African to wear the Tour's yellow jersey has tested positive for the masking agent Probenecid

Chris Froome wins historic 100th Tour de France

When does Tour de France 2014 start? Race preview, where to watch it and everything you need to know as Chris Froome defends title

A look ahead to the 2014 Tour de France, which starts in the United Kingdom for only the second time

Daryl Impey of South Africa and Orica GreenEDGE in action during the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Race on April 20, 2014 in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Tour de France 2014: Daryl Impey left out of Orica-GreenEdge team after failed drug test

Great Britain's Simon Yates has been added to the team for this year's Tour after last year's leader failed a drug test

Beryl Burton in 1986, when she won her last national championship – at the age of 49

Tour de France 2014: Yorkshire arrival puts ‘unknown’ cycling legend Beryl Burton up in lights at last

Beryl, a play written by Maxine Peake, opened last night at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds as part of a series of events connected to the Tour de France’s visit

Tour de France 2014: How a determined sheep farmer stole the Grand Départ from Scotland - and left the government fuming

Helicopter rides, Michelin-starred meals and a burning desire to bring glory back to Yorkshire… How Gary Verity lured the pageantry and prestige of the Tour de France to Leeds
Guided Tour: British pioneer Brian Robinson knows the hills well

Tour de France 2014: ‘You can lose this race at the start on those hard Yorkshire climbs,’ says Britain's first Tour winner

There are those who think that this year’s Tour has one of its toughest starts in nearly 40 years. And if one of the three British stages is to blame for that, you would have to single out stage two, the 201-kilometre trek from York to Sheffield on Sunday 8 July.

Triomphe: Chris Froome leads the way through Paris after securing victory in last year’s Tour

Tour de France 2014: Chris Froome can win the race again, says Miguel Indurain

Five-time Tour champion says Briton ‘has it in his legs’ to see off Alberto Contador’s challenge and retain the crown

Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
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