Sport 5. Sports Personality? Cavendish should walk it Talking of British cycling… how can Mark Cavendish not win Sports Personality of the
Year now? He shouldn't need his bike either - he should walk it. What
he's done this year, in the Tour de France and now at the worlds, is
awesome. But that whole team performance in Copenhagen last
Sunday was brilliant, particularly the last 10km by Bradley Wiggins.
It's a brutal sport and these guys are some athletes. How could anyone
possibly vote for Rory McIlroy now?

Sprinter Mark Cavendish will have four support riders, the maximum possible, in his bid to become Britain's first Olympic gold medallist next July.

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Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, By Matthew Hollis<br />Selected Poems, By Edward Thomas, edited by Matthew Hollis

Thomas Hardy, writing in "Afterwards" of "the dewfall hawk" and the "glad green wings" of May, hoped to be identified as "a man who used to notice such things". Edward Thomas (1872-1917) lacked even this vestigial optimism, but as he walked and cycled the breadth of rural England, he too was intimately attentive to what he encountered – a group of aspens, a nettle-bed, a path vanishing in a wood. In Now All Roads lead to France, Matthew Hollis, himself a poet, sets out to honour Thomas with similar care for the poems, the life and the literary climate in which the poet worked and where, with the help of Robert Frost, he eventually uncovered his poetic gift before joining the millions killed in the First World War.

Leading article: Hats off

The 68 per cent of subscribers to the British Medical Journal who say they are against making it compulsory for cyclists to wear a helmet are providing a welcome contribution to the debate about cycle safety.

Cycling: Wiggins set to put Tour before Olympic hopes

British rider committed to entering next year's race even if another crash would rule him out of London 2012

Zoe Smith: 'Exams are important but the Olympics take priority'

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BMX: Injured Reade skips world title defence

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Tour de France: Times hint race might have made drug-free climb to high ground

Signs are this year's Tour was relatively free of the doping that has blighted the event... but doubts linger

Cycling: How will Sky stop Olympics wrecking 2012 Tour campaign?

With Wiggins chasing gold in London, UK team need new strategy to continue this year's progress

Tour de France: Will Manxman take Sky road to reach new heights?

Cavendish's hunting tripincreases speculation over a change of team after a Tour of British successes

Australian Cadel Evans wins Tour de France

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Tour de France: Triumph in Evans' reach after years as nearly man

The Australian veteran looks set to win today after a superb performance in the final time trial but will be hoping history does repeat itself, writes Alasdair Fotheringham in Grenoble

Tour de France: Cadel Evans set to become first Aussie to win Tour

Cadel Evans seized the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after the next-to-last stage today, all but securing the first victory by an Australian in cycling's greatest race.

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