Alberto Contador

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

Australian Mick Rogers wins the longest stage, while Vincenzo Nibali remains in yellow as race enters the Pyrenees

Bradley Wiggins focuses just on team pursuit with eye on grand Rio farewell

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

Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford said his remaining riders are ‘doing really well. I can’t fault them’

Dave Brailsford: The acid test is how Sky come back from bad luck

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

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates stage 13 victory of the Tour de France

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.

Grin and bear it: Road-race favourite Lizzie Armitstead is aiming for the top prize at the Commonwealth Games: ‘I’m fed up of silvers,’ she says

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

Winner of 2012 silver in The Mall is determined to take gold in Glasgow

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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Tour de France 2014: Day of gruelling Alpine climbs is perfect stage to attack leader

On the final climb to Risoul, those still retaining the energy to create sparks should flicker away from the rest, shaping the race for the yellow jersey

Andrew Talansky grimaces as he completes stage 11. He was later forced to withdraw from the tour

Tour de France: Andrew Talansky's Stage 11 and five other tortuous rides that defied the pain barrier

By the laws of good sense, by the simple rules of humanity, Andrew Talansky should have abandoned the 2014 Tour de France midway through Stage 11.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will return to track racing at the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins is right back on track

Tour de France winner, Olympic gold medallist and knight of the realm, Sir Bradley is a star to his England team-mates preparing for the Commonwealth Games

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates stage 13 victory of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali stamps his authority on the yellow jersey as he powers away from Richie Porte to stretch lead with stage 13 victory

Nibali faced his most testing climb so far but flourished as he pulled away from the rest of the field to win his third stage of this year's Tour

The Transport Select Committee demanded a five-fold increase in cycling infrastructure spending to cut casualties

Transport Committee urges Government to make it easier for councils to bring in lower speed limits to make roads safer - and boost cycling spending

The report urges the Government to reach a cycling budget of £10 per head of population by 2020

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