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Brian Cookson seeks crackdown on cycling's 'doping enablers'

Brian Cookson vows to hunt down cycling's drug pushers if he makes UCI President

British candidate for UCI presidency calls for team staff to face strict rules over doping

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Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome hopes victory is the first of many

The Brit wants to dominate the race in the years to come

Greg Lemond (left) and Bernard Hinault tackle Alpe d’ Huez in 1986

Tour de France 2013: Alpe d’Huez – so good they’re climbing it twice

Tour breaks new ground today with double ascent of iconic mountain to mark 100th birthday 

Overall leader Chris Froome (C) rides ahead of Spain's Alberto Contador (L) in the pack during the 168 km sixteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome accuses Alberto Contador after rivals collide on rapid descent

‘It’s one of those crazy things. He went a little bit too fast and couldn’t control his own speed’

Tour leader Chris Froome goes for routine testing after Sunday’s stage

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome furious over doping accusations - 'Lance Armstrong cheated. I’m not cheating. End of story'

Epic win on Ventoux has raised the usual doubts, writes Alasdair Fotheringham

Chris Froome (yellow helmet) with his Sky team during the Tour rest day

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome ‘took a right hook on Sunday but he did not flinch’

Brailsford impressed with Tour leader but  admits Sky may leave him exposed again

Tough spokes: Geraint Thomas after his fall on Saturday
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Tour de France: Corsican roads will put a twist in the start of race with a difference

As two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador told The Independent, “if you could pick one Tour de France to win of all of them, this would probably be it” – and there can be no doubt that the 100th edition of this race has a special feel to it.

Tour de France: Wait over for favourite Chris Froome

One-time supporting act has built up the confidence to be main man for Sky as he tries to conquer the Tour, he tells Robin Scott-Elliot

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation

Sport In Brief: Irish say they don’t want Pat McQuaid to be cycling chief

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

Sean Kelly rides to Pat McQuaid's defence

Former Tour de France green jersey winner Sean Kelly has hit out at Pat McQuaid’s critics as the Irish cycling chief prepares for a crucial vote that could determine whether he stays on as Union Cycliste Internationale president.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 17 May 2013

Hodgson and Bernstein laud ‘iconic’ Beckham

No Pats on the back: A meeting in Dublin on 12 April will decide whether Ireland will back Pat McQuaid for another term as UCI president

Cycing: Why the shadow of Lance Armstrong still hangs over Pat McQuaid

Will Ireland turn against its own as he bids for third term as UCI chief?

Pollard is interested in how Lance Armstrong's sponsors responded to the Oprah Winfrey interview

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Ask around undergraduate bars and common rooms and one major complaint about doing a postgraduate course is that it'll increase the size of your overdraft. But with a little bit of ingenuity, it doesn't have to.

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius: The more we hear of Reeva Steenkamp's tragic death, the more a hero falls

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