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The 100th Tour de France starts on Saturday with three former winners in the field, if we count Andy Schleck, who won it by default in 2010, but one outstanding favourite in Chris Froome.
Alberto on the up?
In the predictions for the Tour de France podium everybody seems to be tipping Alberto Contador, and why not?
Plan of attack
There is no question about who is the favourite for the Tour de France, and that is reflected in the short odds now available for Chris Froome.
Out of control
Control. Control is what Bradley Wiggins needs, what he had at last year's Tour de France, but which is now proving as slippery as an Italian descent.
Wonder of Wiggins
At the end of last year, at the premiere of the film A Year In Yellow, which followed Bradley Wiggins throughout his, yes, year in yellow, Wiggins was interviewed on stage.
Mark of the man
You will look long and hard - and ultimately fruitlessly, in my experience - to find anyone with a bad word to say about Sir Chris Hoy.
The cobbled Classics once more belong to Fabian Cancellara, who followed his Tour of Flanders win last week with Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.
Recently there were two WorldTour stage races being held, in Italy and France, and the received wisdom is that, as well as being important races in their own right, they provide essential training for the upcoming Classics.
Becky James, the 21-year-old from Abergavenney who is now a double world champion after the world track championships in Minsk, has been hailed as the new Victoria Pendleton, but perhaps she bears more of a resemblance to Chris Hoy.
A few weeks ago, at the Team Sky training camp in Majorca, Sir Dave Brailsford was asked about the world track cycling championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Oman of mystery
The Tour of Oman must be doing something right, because this year's field might have been mistaken for the Tour de France.
Following a new lead
It's the first week of February and Mark Cavendish has won three races, his best ever tally so early in the season.
There was a moment in Majorca last week when Bradley Wiggins, sitting beside Chris Froome and talking to reporters, said that he would "love to experience" winning the Tour de France again, adding that "it may be this year, it may be next year..."
Wheel of fortune
Richard Moore wonders if plans for a new global world cycling series is the right tonic for the sport.
Richard Moore says that, as part of his atonement, Lance Armstrong now must sing like a canary.
Will the truth out?
Richard Moore looks at what we can expect when Lance Armstrong talks to Oprah Winfrey next week.
Unmasking the truth
There will be plenty of books written about Lance Armstrong but none will be as essential as 'Seven Deadly Sins', which is out this week.
An assortment of doping experts, former cyclists, coaches, journalists, tweeters and a businessman assembled in London over the weekend to discuss how to change cycling, and indeed how to do so now.
Teaming with talent
Anyone who didn't grow up with BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a pre-Christmas ritual must be baffled by the annual debate that it provokes.
Trott's got the lot
The UCI track cycling World Cup in Glasgow last weekend anointed two stars: Laura Trott and the facility itself, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.