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Multiple Olympic and world champion Marianne Vos on how women's cycling can rival the men's sport

Maria Leijerstam led her two male rivals in a challenge to become the first person to cycle to the South Pole

Page 3 Profile: Maria Leijerstam, Adventurer

Glad to see someone managed a Christmas getaway

Andy Murray with partner Kim Sears at Buckingham Palace after being made an OBE in October

Andy Murray overlooked for knighthood in New Year’s Honours list - despite being recommended by No 10

Honours protocol means Wimbledon champion must wait for knighthood

Veteran told he had three months to live after World War II celebrates his 100th birthday

Every 100th birthday is a cause for celebration, but even more so when you are a war veteran who has cheated death.

Letters: Ways to ease the housing crisis

These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

Chris Froome

Tour de France winner Chris Froome signs new contract with Team Sky

The Briton is one of 10 riders to have signed new contracts for 2014

MARCH
Wales roar to Six Nations success
Not since 1978/79 had Wales won back-to-back Nations Championships but 2013 proved to be the year they would do it again and do it in style. After making a dismal start with a home defeat to Ireland, Wales rallied and didn't put another foot wrong. With England matching them stride for stride, the championship came down to the last weekend. If a cagey, low scoring game was expected to follow, Wales did the complete opposite, beating England by their biggest ever scoreline to retain the trophy.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 1-20

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

MAY
Bayern, best in Europe
Wembley Stadium played host to the all-German Champions League Final where Bayern Munich righted the wrongs of the previous year's competition by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to claim their fifth title. Arjen Robben's late winner banished the memories of losing two finals in three years, including defeat to Chelsea in their home ground in the 2012 final. The win completed an incredible year for Bayern who also won all of their domestic competitions and led to people proclaiming them as the world's best team.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 21-40

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

JULY Superb Murray ends Wimbledon wait
Great Britain came to a virtual standstill for little over three hours on a hot Sunday in July. The 77-year wait for a men's singles Wimbledon champion finally came to an end with a superb display by Andy Murray. In searing summer sunshine, Murray made his fourth championship point count to beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets and sent the 15000 strong crowd into raptures. On realisation of his magnificent achievement, Murray fell to his knees before being handed the historic trophy and seeing his name forever engraved on the Wimbledon honours board. In the women's tournament, France's Marion Bartoli took the title.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 41-60

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

SEPTEMBER
Bale's £85m deal
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in history as Real Madrid's unrelenting pursuit of Tottenham's talisman finally came to fruition. The £85m fee eclipsed that of Bale's new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman scored 26 goals for Tottenham during the 2012-13 season.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 61-80

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

DECEMBER<br/>
Ashes to Ashes<br/>
England managed to lose the urn they had won in the summer in double quick time on their tour of Australia. The hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series as they got the better of England for the first time in seven years. It was a wholly deserved victory for the unfancied Australians who dominated every match as England fell apart.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 81-100

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

A cyclists protest in Vauxhall on Thursday - the boyfriend of a fashion student who was killed in an accident involving a lorry in 2011, told the court that both his girlfriend and the driver were the victims of poor road layout and transport policy

Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend

Kenji Hirasawa said his partner Min Joo Lee and the driver of the lorry were both victims of poor road layout and transport policy

Michael Rogers

Former Team Sky rider Michael Rogers tests positive

The Australian is a three-time former world time trial champion

Boris Bike turns up in Gambia: Photograph appears to show hire bicycle a long way from home

News comes as three friends took a Boris Bike up Mont Ventoux in France and got it back to the capital with 22 seconds to spare

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

With Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in the dock, Team Sky stick to anti-doping stance

The Devonshire rider faces disciplinary proceedings

John C. Beale was the EPA's highest paid employee

Senior US climate change adviser avoided work by pretending to be a CIA agent

John C. Beale also claimed thousands of dollars from the US Government for first class plane tickets and limo rides

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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