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Jess MacLean wins world championship silver in women's team time trial

Jessie MacLean.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Jessie MacLean wins silver as part of the Orica-AIS team time trial in Spain.

Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme praises Australia's place in event's history

Rupert Guinness Christian Prudhomme smiles and nods after he sips from a glass of Australian chardonnay, and says: "Il est tres bon … tres bon" [It is very good … very good.]

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Vincenzo Nibali still wary of danger posed by Richie Porte in quest for Tour de France glory

Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to win stage ten of the 2014 Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali may concede that it is “a pity” the race has lost defending champion Chris Froome and now two time winner Alberto Contador due to injuries sustained...

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Richie Porte's diary: As Alps approach, we're happy for the Tour de France to heat up

Richie Porte - Tour de France - dink

Richie Porte After all the wet weather we have had so far in this year’s Tour de France, and all our wishes for the warmth of the sun, who could have imagined the extreme switch in conditions we got on Wednesday,...

Tour de France: Alexander Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 12

Alexander Kristoff of Norway

There were no changes among the overall leaders as Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the 185km 12th stage of the Tour de France after a sprint finish in Saint-Etienne on Thursday.

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Michael Rogers primed to push for Tour de France stage wins: Stephen Hodge

Michael Rogers

David Polkinghorne Former Canberra cyclist Stephen Hodge says Michael Rogers can be a gorilla in key breakaways in the mountains, just like he was at the Giro d'Italia in May.

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Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett talk about their time on the Tour de France

Darren Kane dinkus

Darren Kane Depending on your viewpoint, Augusta National is the hallowed ground of world sport. Or Old Trafford. Or maybe Kogarah Oval.

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Tour de France: Richie Porte - How far can he go?

Rupert Guinness Can Australian Richie Porte sign off on his dream promotion to leadership of the British Sky team in the Tour win the Tour de France and actually win overall?

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Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali had feared Richie Porte until meltdown

Yellow jersey in black and white: Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali.

Rupert Guinness Tour de France race leader Vincenzo Nibali feared Richie Porte the most until the Australian slipped out of contention for the overall victory on Friday.

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Richie Porte suffers crushing time loss in first Alpine stage of Tour de France

Australian Richie Porte: “I don’t think I dealt with the heat very well.

Rupert Guinness In the turn of several pedal strokes the Tour de France hopes of Australian Richie Porte came to a crushing end.

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New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer shattered as Tour de France dream crumbles

Heartbreak: Kiwi rider Jack Bauer breaks down after being overtaken in the dying stages of the Tour de France's 15th stage.

Duncan Johnstone Commiserations for Jack Bauer flowed after the Kiwi cyclist was reduced to tears when he had a famous stage victory in the Tour de France snatched from him early on Monday in Nimes.

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Zak Dempster learning to make best from the pain of the Tour de France

Soldiering on: Zak Dempster (left) is living through the pain of riding the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Zac Dempster has learned a lot during his Tour de France debut, such as how to take the best from all the pain of the three week race - as he did while racing in the Alps last week.

World champion Rui Costa pulls out of Tour de France

Rui Costa during the sixth stage of the Tour de France on July 10.

Portuguese rider withdrew due to pneumonia, his Lampre-Merida team says.

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Simon Yates disagrees with call by team to withdraw him from Tour de France

Warrior mentality: Orica-GreenEdge youngster Simon Yates wasn't happy when his team withdrew him from the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Simon Yates, one of the Australian Orica-GreenEDGE’s shining lights as a potential grand tour contender, was against the decision by his team management to withdraw him from the Tour de France...

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Simon Gerrans to lead Orica-GreenEDGE at Tour de France

ORICA-GreenEDGE team leader Simon Gerrans is in good form having won the Australian national road title, his third Tour Down Under title and his second monument at Liege-Bastogne-Liege this season.

Sydney Australian team ORICA-GreenEDGE has announced a raw nine-man team without a frontline sprinter for the Tour de France.

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Orica-GreenEDGE to blood Simon Yates in 2014 Tour de France

Tour new boy ... Michael Matthews during the Giro d'Italia.

Rupert Guinness Leeds: Orica-GreenEDGE have wasted no time in testing recruit Simon Yates' potential as a Tour de France winner by naming him in their team for this year’s race.

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Tour de France: the Australian fanatics

Sydney-based Tour de France fan Keith Winsor

Stephen Lacey Watching the world's greatest cycle race unfold on TV isn't enough for some.

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Matthews remains 50-50 chance of starting Tour de France

Tour new boy ... Michael Matthews during the Giro d'Italia.

Rupert Guinness A decision on whether Michael Matthews will line up for his debut in the Tour de France following a training crash will be made on Friday.

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Six great Tour de France sideshows

Speak of The Devil: Didi Senft

Daniel Cherny Aside from the sporting element, team tactics, individual grit and engrossing sprint finishes, there is no shortage of side plots and distractions offered by an event which holds a special place in...

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Froome v Contador: How the Tour de France favourites square up

Richie Porte (above) says Chris Froome and Alberto Contador are calm leaders off the bike, but different on it.

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte, who will again write a diary on the Tour de France for Fairfax Media, examines the racing styles and track records of red-hot favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.