Tour de France

The pack rides by the Reims cathedral during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Reims and finish in Nancy, France, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 09, 2019 - 2:42 pm
REIMS, France (AP) — On quiet days at the Tour de France, when even the commentators on French TV talk about the boredom of flat, long, meandering stages where not much happens until the sprint finish, there's always another star that comes to the fore: France and its magnificent monuments. The...
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Italy's Elia Viviani celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Reims and finish in Nancy, France, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 09, 2019 - 1:37 pm
NANCY, France (AP) — Elia Viviani had left the Giro d'Italia utterly disappointed. Two months later, the Italian rider left bitterness and his sprinting rivals in his wake to claim his first career stage win in the Tour de France after storming a bunch sprint on Tuesday with an impressive display...
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Spectators waits for riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 215 kilometers (133,6 miles) with start in Binche and finish in Epernay, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 08, 2019 - 7:35 pm
EPERNAY, France (AP) — In the space of 215 kilometers (134 miles), the Tour de France goes from one extreme to the other. After leaving Belgium to enter France on Monday, riders pedaled through the small town of Fourmies, a symbol of working-class toil and pride. A few hours later, they reached the...
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France's Julian Alaphilippe celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 215 kilometers (133,6 miles) with start in Binche and finish in Epernay, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 08, 2019 - 1:30 pm
EPERNAY, France (AP) — He was sweating, baked by the sun, and burning through his energy reserves. But, under the intense pressure of being pursued by the chasing pack of riders at the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe also stayed as cool as a chilled glass of Champagne. The French rider's...
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Mitchelton Scott team strains during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time trial over 27.6 kilometers (17 miles) with start and finish in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 08, 2019 - 2:47 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — At the Tour de France, there are two types of eating. There's food for pure pleasure, consumed with gusto by those who follow the race for three weeks through French regions heaving with edibles. And there's food for fuel, gobbled hungrily on and off the saddle by the riders whose...
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Team Ineos strains during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time trial over 27.6 kilometers (17 miles) with start and finish in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 07, 2019 - 12:59 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Just two days into the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas is already putting daylight between himself and some of the riders dreaming of dethroning the reigning champion. Thomas, who claimed his first Tour win last summer, answered questions surrounding his form and fitness in a...
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France's Stephane Rossetto rides during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194.5 kilometers (120,86 miles) with start in Brussels and finish in Brussels. Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 06, 2019 - 2:00 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — On meeting someone who makes bars of chocolate for a living, the question that immediately springs to mind is: "After a while, do you get sick of eating the stuff?" The reassuring response, firmly delivered by chocoholic chocolate-store manager Patricia Lafargue is that it's simply...
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Netherlands' Mike Teunissen crosses the finish line to win the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194.5 kilometers (120,86 miles) with start in Brussels and finish in Brussels. Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 06, 2019 - 1:46 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Apart from the celebrations of Eddy Merckx's first victory at the Tour de France half a century ago, nothing went according to plans on the race opening day. In cycling-mad Belgium, defending champion Geraint Thomas was caught in a crash Saturday and toppled over his handlebars in...
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A bicycle is silhouetted by sunlight ahead of the 2019 Tour de France cycling race in Brussels, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 05, 2019 - 7:25 am
PARIS (AP) — With each crank of their pedals, riders on the Tour de France will climb ever-higher into the unknown. For the first time in its 116-year history, the race that starts Saturday features three stages that finish on mountain climbs to above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet). The unprecedented...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2018 file photo, Tour de France winner Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 116 kilometers (72.1 miles) with start in Houilles and finish on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France. Chris Froome's absence, coupled with the withdrawal of last year's runner-up Tom Dumoulin, has reshuffled the game and produced a long list of top contenders. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
July 05, 2019 - 12:37 am
Phil Liggett remembers the early days of Tour de France coverage in the United States, which would involve him traveling to Paris at the end of a stage, recording voiceovers all night and then rejoining the circuit for the next stage. Those days, though, are ancient history. The Tour has been aired...
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