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Tour de France pushes to ban power meters for 2019 as it targets Team Sky | William Fotheringham

Next year’s Tour route is particularly mountainous, with 30 major ascents and only two times trials, the individual before the days spent in the Pyrenees and AlpsIn yet another attempt to make the Tour de France a more open race, which will be seen as …

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Lizzie Deignan: ‘If I don’t win races, I’ve got Orla, so it won’t be a big deal’

Former road world champion hopes a return to cycling will inspire women and show motherhood does not have to end careersThere are three of us in this interview, and in the best of ways. As Lizzie Deignan details her pregnancy and her hopes and plans fo…

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Sophie Wright aims to scale heights on demanding world road race course

• British teenager will be supported by Dani Rowe in Innsbruck• Dutch duo Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen start favouritesIn one of the most mountainous world road race championships ever held, and in the absence of Lizzie Deignan – who has just given …

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Yorkshire summons spirit of 2014 Tour for road race world championships

• Men’s elite race will replicate looping Leeds-Harrogate route• Four paralympic road races included for the first timeThe road race world championships in Yorkshire next year will tap directly into memories of the 2014 Tour de France’s Grand Départ wi…

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Youth and potential puts Simon Yates at head of cycling’s next generation | William Fotheringham

The Vuelta champion is the youngest recent grand tour winner and can benefit from his team’s new focus on the disciplineSeven years ago, when Simon Yates took his first stage win at the Tour de l’Avenir, Great Britain had yet to win one of cycling’s ma…

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Simon Yates’s Vuelta a España win offers glimpse of world without Sky | William Fotheringham

The absence of a heavyweight rider in the Mitchelton-Scott team made for a fascinating race where strategy was the keyIn the Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain eras, a Giro, Vuelta or Tour de France which lacked the dominant force in prof…

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Simon Yates’s Vuelta a España win offers glimpse of world without Sky | William Fotheringham

The absence of a heavyweight rider in the Mitchelton-Scott team made for a fascinating race where strategy was the keyIn the Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain eras, a Giro, Vuelta or Tour de France which lacked the dominant force in prof…

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Simon Yates’ Vuelta glory built on endless patience and iron discipline

The restraint and efficiency shown by Simon Yates has been impressing cycling for five years and now he stands ready to complete an unprecedented Grand Tour slam for Great BritainWhen Simon Yates won the gold medal in the points race at the world track…

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Julian Alaphilippe completes Tour of Britain win on streets of London

• Australian Caleb Ewan takes final stage in centre of capital• Alaphilippe among favourites for Road World ChampionshipJulian Alaphilippe brushed shoulders at high speed with the Italian Paolo Simion just metres from the finish in Lower Regent Street,…

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Julian Alaphilippe completes Tour of Britain win on streets of London

• Australian Caleb Ewan takes final stage in centre of capital• Alaphilippe among favourites for Road World ChampionshipJulian Alaphilippe brushed shoulders at high speed with the Italian Paolo Simion just metres from the finish in Lower Regent Street,…

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André Greipel sprints to second Tour of Britain stage victory

• New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin leads race by four seconds • Tour of Britain is in the Lake District on Thursday and FridayIt is not often that the Lake District can be said to loom large in Leamington, but the peloton in the Tour of Britain will have ha…

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Geraint Thomas eager to enjoy Tour of Britain after whirlwind month

• Tour de France winner plays down chances of winning race• ‘I’ve not done much in the last month, I’m knackered’Geraint Thomas is apparently on the point of signing a new contract with Team Sky but is unlikely to take any decision over whether or not …

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Quintana and Nibali lead fallen giants racing to save their season at Vuelta | William Fotheringham

A high quality field has landed in Spain with a point to prove and Sean Yates is chasing a historic Grand Tour treble for BritainAs a Vuelta a España hoves into view with perhaps a dozen potential winners in a field of exceptional quality, topped by th…

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Yates twins reunited for Simon’s Vuelta a España glory quest

Brothers rarely ride together but Adam received late summons for Spanish mission after his Tour de France disappointmentWhen the Vuelta a España starts in Málaga on Saturday, one of the many plotlines will be provided by Bury’s Yates twins, Simon and A…

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Will Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France win spark thirst for more success?

Thomas could follow in Chris Froome’s footsteps with repeated Tour de France wins or will he focus on other targets?With a first Tour de France win out of the way, Geraint Thomas will show us in the next few months whether he is a ticker or an accumula…

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From Wales to the Champs-Élysées: the selfless rise of Geraint Thomas | William Fotheringham

The remarkable career of a cycling all-rounder whose innate talent has taken him to Tour de France triumphIt is 11 years and one month since a chubby-faced Welsh youth stood on London’s Tower Bridge marvelling, along with a slightly less chubby-faced M…

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Geraint Thomas defies old habits to stay mellow in yellow until end | William Fotheringham

The Welshman put a history of dramatic scrapes behind him by keeping his cool in the time trial to all but secure Tour victoryGiven the variety of ways he has managed to fall off his bike over the years, it would have been unlike Geraint Thomas to comp…

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Thomas has Tour de France in hand but Froome may flex team muscles

With Team Sky dominating, will team leader Chris Froome allow Geraint Thomas to win or is he biding his time to attack?As the Tour de France headed across the Massif Central towards the final showdown in the Pyrenees, with the Welshman Geraint Thomas i…

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Chris Froome’s Alpine view is clouded by doubt despite clear blue skies | William Fotheringham

Froome has never had much joy in Alpe d’Huez, the Tour’s most iconic climb, and Geraint Thomas, the race leader and Team Sky teammate, seems to be getting strongerThe old Tour de France saw has it that you can see Paris from Alpe d’Huez, but in spite o…

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Geraint Thomas needs staying power to become Grand Tour champion

The Welshman, who could usurp Chris Froome as Team Sky’s No 1 during the current Tour de France, must prove he has the stamina to stay in contention for three weeksFrom the moment Geraint Thomas signed a contract extension for 2018 with Team Sky specul…