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Lance Armstrong signals his seventh win to victory at the Tour de France

Cycling: Lance Armstrong factfile

The United States Anti-Doping Agency said today that Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team "ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

Who did you believe?: Roy Hodgson, Ashley Cole and Kevin Pietersen all said sorry last week, but not all with conviction

The Last Word: Sorry is the hardest word, especially if you mean it

The way of modern sport is to deny, or show contrition for reasons other than true remorse

The written judgment in the Terry case will be filtered through lawyers and communications specialists

The Last Word: Blame is the game and everyone is primed to kick it into touch

The Terry affair has highlighted a problem that is becoming endemic

Hit and ride: Olympic champion's bike stolen

It happens to the best of them. Philip Hindes, the track cyclist who sprinted to victory with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, has had his training bike stolen.

Mark Cavendish celebrates his fourth successive final-stage victory yesterday

Tour de France: Mark Cavendish enters history as best-ever Tour sprinter

If Bradley Wiggins yesterday made his first ever visit to a Tour de France winner's podium in Paris, his team-mate Mark Cavendish was on far more familiar territory as he racked up his fourth straight victory on the Champs Elysées – a victory that numerically confirms him as the Tour's greatest-ever sprinter.

Tour de France: Final stage victory key for Cavendish

For the main favourites, today's final stage on to the Champs Elysées is largely ceremonial. But for Mark Cavendish the long, slightly uphill sprint this afternoon is not just the chance of a fourth straight win on cycling's most famous boulevard – it also represents the World Champion's final dress-rehearsal for next Saturday's opening road-race of the Olympics.

Tour de France: Flag day for Brits as the revolution starts here

To understand the full enormity of Bradley Wiggins' success, my mind goes back to the 1993 Tour de France when the Scot, Robert Millar, staged his last ever major attack, going over the highest tarmacked pass in Europe, La Bonette-Restefond. As one of five British print journalists covering that Tour, we chuckled at the sight of a Union Flag next to Millar's image and name printed across the bottom of the press room television, pointing out that this was the first time we had seen the British flag in the entire race. It was also the last.

Frank Schleck

Tour de France: Frank Schleck requests analysis of B sample after testing positive for banned substance

Frank Schleck has requested the analysis of his B sample while insisting he does not know why he tested positive for a banned substance which resulted in his withdrawal from the Tour de France.

André Darrigade sprints to victory on stage one of the 1958 Tour de France; Mark Cavendish wins this year's second stage

André Darrigade: 'I accept my fate. Cavendish is certain to overtake me'

If Brit wins today's sprint stage, he equals André Darrigade's record of 22 stage victories. Alasdair Fotheringham tracks down 83-year-old who is happy to hand over his crown

Team Sky's Plan B: Chris Froome

Tour de France: Sky defend team tactics after calling off Froome's attack

If a team like Sky is aiming for overall victory in the Tour de France, normally it will have one leading man going for the main prize, four or five climbing domestiques, three or four riders racing on the flat and – very occasionally – a sprinter.

Peter Sagan wins his third stage`

Tour de France: Peter Sagan takes third stage win

Peter Sagan continued an impressive Tour de France debut, winning his third stage this afternoon. Having been seriously delayed by a pile-up 25km from the finish, Mark Cavendish was nowhere to be seen.

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In cycling there is no bigger race than the Tour de France. One of the most gruelling yet beautiful contests in the world has had numerous prestigious champions over the years but none have been as dominant as American Lance Armstrong. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer, Armstrong would battle back to fitness and then win seven Tours in a row between 1999 and 2005. Before him, Miguel Indurain of Spain had won five in a row during the 90s while Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil both won four Tours in a row.

Cycling: Lance Armstrong hit with fresh doping charges

Lance Armstrong was facing the prospect of losing his record-breaking total of seven Tour de France titles after the United States Anti-Doping Agency confirmed they had begun legal proceedings against the former cyclist.

Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike, By William Fotheringham

With a few days left of the 1969 Tour de France, Stage 17 involved three tough mountains then a 75-kilometre ride to the town of Mourenx. Eddie Merckx, riding his first Tour, had an eight-minute overall lead. With victory all but assured, a procession to Paris beckoned. All he needed to do was stay on his bike and keep up with the pack.

Cycling: Armstrong doping inquiry closes in US

United States federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong last night, ending a two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his team-mates participated in a doping program.

Cavendish had a stellar 2011 which delivered the Tour de France green jersey

Cycling: Cavendish seeks more glory in 2012

Winning is what Mark Cavendish does best and the Manxman is determined to keep the habit going in 2012.

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