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‘I’m a realist’: Mark Cavendish under no illusion about his future in cycling

Sprinter not expecting to repeat his previous successCavendish has rejoined Deceuninck-Quickstep teamA downbeat Mark Cavendish has acknowledged he will not return to his previous level as a sprinter and even conceded his winter transfer to the Deceunin…

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Primoz Roglic clinches Vuelta a España as Pascal Ackermann takes final stage

Slovenian completes overall win by 24sec for Jumbo-VismaIrishman Sam Bennett loses out in photo finish on final stageThere was no fairytale weekend to conclude Hugh Carthy’s Vuelta a España, but huge relief for Primoz Roglic after the Slovenian success…

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Primoz Roglic poised to defend Vuelta crown despite Richard Carapaz’s attack

Slovenian wobbles but avoids repeat of Tour de FranceHugh Carthy set to finish third after final stage in MadridAfter Primoz Roglic’s last-ditch defeat at the Tour de France, there must have been a grimly familiar feeling for the Slovenian as his defen…

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Hugh Carthy: how lanky Lancastrian became Vuelta a España contender

Unusually tall for a cyclist, Carthy has always had an old head on young shoulders and is happier talking about snooker or darts than cyclingThere is a consensus around Hugh Carthy, Britain’s latest breakout cycling name and a possible winner of the Vu…

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Tao Geoghegan Hart, from bike shop worker to British Giro d’Italia winner

The Team Ineos rider, elevated by Geraint Thomas’s crash, is as surprised as anyone to end a gruelling Grand Tour on topIt is the stuff of teenage cycling fantasy, a scenario that a wannabe might conjure up while pedalling a paper round or serving at t…

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Tao Geoghegan Hart, from bike shop worker to British Giro d’Italia winner

The Team Ineos rider, elevated by Geraint Thomas’s crash, is as surprised as anyone to end a gruelling Grand Tour on topIt is the stuff of teenage cycling fantasy, a scenario that a wannabe might conjure up while pedalling a paper round or serving at t…

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Giro d’Italia: Hindley and Geoghegan Hart level at top after dramatic battle

Pair set to fight for overall victory in Sunday’s final time trialFormat likely to favour Geoghegan HartTao Geoghegan Hart is on the threshold of Giro d’Italia victory going into Sunday’s time trial stage into Milan. After winning Saturday’s mountain s…

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Meet Tao Geoghegan-Hart: the under-the-radar Brit with a shot at Giro glory

Strong showings in the final stages over the weekend could secure a first Grand Tour win for the London-born Scot In the last couple of weeks, Italian television commentators have grown to love Tao Geoghegan-Hart. It’s partly the attacking attitude whi…

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Yates and Thomas the favourites as Giro follows fast on heels of the Tour | William Fotheringham

A whirlwind of racing continues this weekend with the start of the Giro d’Italia, in which Simon Yates and Geraint Thomas both have a point to proveIn the rejigged 2020 cycling season, Grand Tours have become like buses. You wait ages and then two or t…

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Anna van der Breggen claims double gold at world road championships

Dutch rider adds road race to time trial winBritain’s Lizzie Deignan has to settle for sixthIn recent years the Netherlands’ women’s team have proved unstoppable at world road race championships and their domination continued in Italy with Anna van der…

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Geraint Thomas lays down Giro marker in world time trial won by Filippo Ganna

Welshman comes fourth in first world time trial appearanceGanna dominates to win comfortably in ImolaWith a ride that bodes well for the Giro d’Italia, the 2018 Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas, marked his first ever world time trial championship …

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Lizzie Banks: ‘If people can’t watch on TV, there’s no point having the race’

British rider warns lack of coverage is making women’s cycling ‘invisible’ as she heads into the road world championshipsAs she prepares to return to the road world championships and a possible leader’s role alongside Lizzie Deignan, Great Britain’s Li…

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Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar an odd couple leading Slovenia’s charge to glory | William Fotheringham

Roglic came to cycling late after starting out as a ski jumper while precocious talent Pogacar has been steeped in the sportFrench headline writers love to adapt the sentence used on level crossings by the national rail company to warn that if the red …

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Ineos and Jumbo-Visma struggling to make Tour a battle of super-teams | William Fotheringham

The Tour de France has not panned out as predicted, with neither heavyweight looking dominant. What has gone wrong for the big two?The rearranged 2020 Tour de France was billed as the battle of the super-teams, Manchester City versus Barcelona on two w…

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Adam Yates joins exalted company at Tour de France after years of toil | William Fotheringham

The Mitchelton-Scott rider has arguably been less successful than his twin Simon, but this could be his momentThere were two surprises after Wednesday’s finish when Adam Yates pulled on the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, which he wore into the fi…

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Tour de France 2020: full team-by-team guide | William Fotheringham

Our in-depth look at every team, the riders to watch and the cast of characters tearing through FranceCitroën arrive as co-sponsor next year and major changes loom with Romain Bardet leaving for Sunweb; this will be their last Tour in the shape that ha…

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Tour de France 2020: stage-by-stage guide

The 107th edition of the classic features a Grand Départ on the Riviera and eight mountain days on the 21-stage routeStage one, 29 August, Nice – Nice 156kmTwo loops north of Nice over a serious-looking climb, the Côte de Rimiez, with a finish on the P…

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Calculated daring or utter delusion? A Tour de France like no other awaits | William Fotheringham

The Tour de France has always made it to Paris on schedule, but Covid-19 means this year’s race will be on a constant knife edge Of all the world’s great sports events, the Tour de France is the only one that goes out to its public. As the late Geoffre…

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Calculated daring or utter delusion? A Tour de France like no other awaits | William Fotheringham

The Tour de France has always made it to Paris on schedule, but Covid-19 means this year’s race will be on a constant knife edge Of all the world’s great sports events, the Tour de France is the only one that goes out to its public. As the late Geoffre…

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Brailsford solves Ineos’s Tour de France problem by accident or design

Decision to omit Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome from the Tour smacks of improvisation in a unique year of racingAs Sherlock Holmes said, when you have eliminated the impossible what remains is the truth. The Mystery of the Missing Ineos Two was the ma…