Cyclings latest tragedy will shake the faith of the keenest enthusiast | William Fotheringham

Bjorg Lambrechts death in the Tour de Pologne on Monday was the eighth of an international rider since 2016. Is the sport really worth it? It is almost 25 years since I stood in the French town of Pau on a July afternoon in 1995 and watched the six members of the Motorola team, including a young Lance Armstrong, ride into the Tour de France stage finish a few hundred metres in front of the peloton. It remains the single most impressive and affecting memory I can summon up in over 30 years of following cycling. The men of the Tour had taken eight hours to ride that days mountain stage over some of the races greatest ascents at the …

Egan Bernal set for Tour de France title after retaining yellow for ride to Paris

Egan Bernal will be crowned the Tour de France winner on the Champs-lyses after keeping hold of the yellow jersey during a shortened penultimate stage In the thin, chilly air of Val Thorens ski station, Sir Dave Brailsford might have allowed himself a wry smile as he watched his new Tour de France champion, Egan Bernal, and last years model, Geraint Thomas, embrace. Only six months ago, Brailsford was looking for a sponsor for his super team, and fighting to hang on to his big names after Sky unexpectedly opted to end its relationship with cycling. Many doubted if Brailsford could keep his all-star team together, and if he could ever replace the big-money sponsorship that had led to accusations …

Mountain man Egan Bernal caps meteoric rise with Tour de France victory

If there is any surprise at Egan Bernals Tour de France victory, it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to win it and he could now dominate for years to come A year ago, as Egan Bernal matched the pace of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in the Tour de France and left many of its big names trailing in the mountains the 21-year-old Colombian was instantly tipped as a future Tour winner. A curious trail of fortuitous events has now propelled him to overnight stardom as his countrys first Tour de France winner and made him the Thomas fell off at the Tour of Switzerland in June, up stepped Bernal to take the third major …

Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams over a distance of 3,480km this years Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeks The Divider Weather hazards Two of the 21 stages in the race were time-trials stage two was a team time-trial, and stage 13 was an individual time trial where the riders raced against the clock rather than each other. For this reason, it is often called the race of truth as winning depends only on each riders strength and endurance. The Tour would be a duller and quieter spectacle if it didnt attract the thousands of fans who gather along the route …

Back in Pau: 20 years on from Lance Armstrongs first Tour win | Jeremy Whittle

City that hosts Fridays time trial has been on a doping ley line, a focal point for scandal, for almost two decades The foie gras, strawberries and red wine have long been cleared away and in a deserted press tent in Albi, Michael Rasmussen is talking about the time he was kicked off the 2007 Tour de France with final victory in Paris in sight. In a new book, The Yellow Jersey, Rasmussen describes the humiliation and desperation of fleeing the 2007 Tour under cover of darkness after his lies over his anti-doping whereabouts status caught up with him. Bundled into a rental car at midnight by his team boss, just hours after celebrating victory in the yellow jersey on …

Pregnancy is the ultimate endurance test. If a man says it, it must be true | Suzanne Moore

Can we finally recognise what growing and pushing out)a human entails? says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore When Harry agony and ecstasy that is part of womens lives. How do we do that? After months of feeling not too grand while exposed to every myth going and being told what to eat, wear and how to behave, we have to get the baby out somehow. Its what we do. Some women love being pregnant, some really dont. Some sail through feeling mostly normal; whole truth about it, as so often we are told to enjoy what is the most dangerous and precarious rollercoaster we will ever get on. I remember a woman telling me when I was first pregnant that the …