Tour de France

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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July 01, 2019 - 6:29 am
PARIS (AP) — Egan Bernal is just 22 years old. Two years younger than Eddy Merckx was when the Belgian great won his first Tour de France half a century ago. Gifted with superb bike handling and climbing skills, Bernal has matured by leaps and bounds to become cycling's most exciting Grand Tour...
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July 01, 2019 - 6:25 am
PARIS (AP) — With seven mountain stages and five summit finishes, including three above 2,000 meters, this year's Tour de France is the highest in the history of the race. The route for the 106th edition of the thee-week marquee event offers only a few moments of respite. The first mountain test...
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ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía del miércoles 25 de julio de 2018, el británico Chris Froome (derecha) y Geraint Thomas durante la séptima etapa del Tour de Francia, en Saint-Lary-Soulan, Francia. (AP Foto/Christophe Ena )
June 13, 2019 - 12:34 pm
PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome underwent successful surgery after the high-speed crash that left him with multiple fractures and shattered his hopes of going for a fifth Tour de France title next month, his team said on Thursday. Froome will remain hospitalized for observation at the Saint-Etienne...
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