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Joaquim Rodriguez wins Stage 12 of Tour de France

Rodriguez picked up his the third Tour de France stage win of his career. Credit: ITV4

Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez of the Katusha team won the 12th stage of the Tour de France from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille on Thursday.

Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang of Astana was second in the demanding 195-km Pyrenees stage with Frenchman Romain Bardet third.

Britain's Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.

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Froome dominates Stage 10 and extends lead in yellow at Tour de France

Froome turned in an extraordinary performance. Credit: Reuters

Chris Froome powered to victory in Stage 10 of the Tour de France and extended his overall lead in the race for the yellow jersey in an extraordinary fashion.

The 2013 winner started the day as favourite ahead of Nairo Quintana and attacked on the brutal climb with 6km to go - leaving the Colombian in his wake and seemingly powerless to catch him.

Quintana struggled to keep pace with Team Sky's main man, and was eventually overtaken a few hundred metres from the finish line by Froome's teammate, Ritchie Porte.

Froome now leads Porte by 59 seconds in the general classification and Quintana by 1min 4secs.

Mark Cavendish claims 26th Tour de France stage win

Cavendish crossed the line ahead of Andre Greipel. Credit: ITV4

Mark Cavendish has secured his 26th Tour de France stage victory and his first at this year's Tour.

The Manx rider crossed the line ahead of Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan in today's seventh stage.

The pressure had been mounting for Cavendish after he was beaten by Greipel in a sprint finish on Sunday and Wednesday.

Massive high-speed crash disrupts Tour de France

Riders were sent tumbling with some forced to retire from the race. Credit: ITV4

The Tour de France was stopped for around 15 minutes after one of the scariest high-speed crashes in recent years.

The crash happened at high speed and after one rider fell, others tumbled over him including current yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara.

Several riders were forced to abandon the race through injury before Stage 3 in Belgium was ordered to get back underway.

Watch the video on our Tour de France website now.

Riders were clearly in pain. Credit: ITV4


British Cycling and Sky to end partnership

Sky and British Cycling won't be carrying on. Credit: PA

British Cycling will end their eight-year relationship with broadcaster Sky in 2016, it has been announced.

The decision to part ways was said to be amicable, said British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake.

British Cycling and Sky will remain firm friends and part with great mutual affection, having achieved amazing things together.

The last 10 years have been brilliant for our sport - our membership and participation in cycle sport continues to grow, we've encouraged over 1.7 million people to cycle regularly with even more starting all the time and we are seeing the emergence of a new generation of cycling heroes.

– Ian Drake
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