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.

Tour de France: Is this the best race ever? Not quite, but it may prove to be the most important

After the crashes of the first week, some exceptional racing has helped the Tour to recover its soul

Alasdair Fotheringham: 2012- The year the Tour's pulse began to race again

After the crashes of the first week, some exceptional and brave riding has helped the event recover its soul

Tour de France: Evans poised to steal yellow after keeping Schleck in his sights

Luxembourg rider takes the Tour lead but Australian only needs to overhaul 57 seconds in final time trial

Tour de France: Andy Schleck claims yellow jersey as Frenchman Pierre Rolland win latest stage

An epic final Alpine stage of the 2011 Tour de France saw Andy Schleck take the race leader's yellow jersey as defending champion Alberto Contador's hopes of a fourth title came to an end.

Letter from the editor: A big thumbs-up

So, part two of your responses to the “how are we doing?” survey: the things you like.

56 players report illegal approaches by bookmakers

Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain, has revealed that 56 international cricketers reported receiving illegal approaches from bookmakers last year – a huge increase on the figure of five for 2009.

Police fury as 34,000 jobs are set to be axed over four years

One in eight police jobs will be cut as a result of the government spending cuts, causing crime to rise, according to the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Contractors still waiting for £50m from Delhi Games organisers

Nine months after India hosted the Commonwealth Games, companies around the world are still owed tens of millions of pounds in outstanding payments. They say they have run into a brick wall in dealing with officials in Delhi, where the issue had become entangled in a wide-ranging criminal investigation.

The camps are full. Child graves are appearing. And still the hungry come

John Davison visits a Somali refugee shelter to witness the scale of the famine crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa

Why Versace is putting workers' health before style

The Italian fashion giant is the latest brand to back a drive to end the practice of sandblasting denim

Dire motoring performance puts brakes on Halfords' sales

Halfords suffered a fall in underlying sales in its last quarter, as a dire performance from its motor business failed to offset storming bike revenues. The group said it was continuing to trade "effectively in a difficult environment for UK consumers," but warned its margins would fall by 100 basis points for itsfull year.

Government failing to pay businesses, say Labour

The Government was accused by Labour tonight of failing to "promptly" pay £3.7 billion to businesses.

Tour de France: Andy Schleck wins as Thomas Voeckler clings to yellow jersey

Andy Schleck made his claim for Tour de France victory with a solo surge to win at the highest summit finish in the race's history today, but Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey for a 10th day with another resilient performance.

Tour de France: Cathedral of the Alps set to test climbers' faith

Stage ends at cold summit of the punishing Galibieras Contador and Co look to make up for lost time

Victoria Pendleton: Dig deep for three more golds... then get an allotment

'Queen Victoria' is a regal presence on the track but, she tells Ian Herbert, she is riddled with self-doubt and insecurity off it
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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