Cycling great Eddy Merckx hospitalized after bike crash
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian newspaper reported Monday that cycling great Eddy Merckx sustained head injuries in a crash while bike riding with friends.
Italian cycling great Felice Gimondi dies at age 76
ROME (AP) — Felice Gimondi, one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, has died. He was 76.
The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) said efforts to resuscitate Gimondi failed...
A star is born at the Tour: 22-year-old champion Egan Bernal
After Tour hit single, 2018 champ Thomas has good B-side too
VAL THORENS, France (AP) — Before he started the defense of his Tour de France title, Geraint Thomas likened his win in 2018 to having a hit single.
Teunissen wins Tour opening stage, Thomas crashes at end
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.
What beats the Tour de France? The Tour with fries and mayo
BRUSSELS (AP) — For die-hard fans in cycling-mad Belgium, only one thing beats watching the Tour de France: Watching cycling's greatest race while also munching on fries slathered in...
Brussels dresses in yellow to honor Merckx’s maiden Tour win
BRUSSELS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown Brussels on Thursday as the Belgian capital turned yellow to celebrate cycling great Eddy Merckx's maiden Tour de France victory...
PARIS (AP) — Mark Cavendish won't get a chance this month to overhaul Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage victories at the Tour de France.
Egan Bernal set to impress at unpredictable Tour de France
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.
PARIS (AP) — Sprinters and climbers will have a chance to shine at the start of next year's Tour de France.
Race organizers have unveiled the details of the first two stages of the 2020...
2019 Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys
PARIS (AP) — Next year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey.
With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged nation. In 1919, the race leader's yellow jersey — which has become cycling's most iconic symbol — was introduced.
Kittel and Cavendish out of Tour after missing time cut
LA ROSIERE, France (AP) — Record-chasing Mark Cavendish and Germany's Marcel Kittel are out of the Tour de France.
Cavendish and Kittel, two of cycling's top sprinters, were disqualified from the Tour on Wednesday after proving too slow on its grueling Stage 11 in the Alps.
The pair have a combined 44 career wins at the Tour but both riders finished well beyond the allowed time limit on the 108.5-kilometer (67-mile) leg from Albertville to La Rosiere near the Italian border.
Team Sky fields impressive Tour lineup in support of Froome
After being cleared of doping, Chris Froome is ready "to make history" in France.
Froome will be on the starting line of the Tour de France on Saturday in the western region of Vendee, aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain in the elite club of five-time champions of cycling's biggest race.
TOUR 2018: Tour de France moments from AP PHOTOS
PARIS (AP) — The Tour de France begins Saturday with 176 riders competing in the 105th edition. Here are 10 moments, incidents or highlights that stand out from the long history of cycling's greatest race, accompanied by Associated Press photos:
1949, July 18 - Stage 16, Cannes to Briancon in the Alps
Defending champion Gino Bartali's duel with Italian compatriot and rising star Fausto Coppi, who would go on to win the first of his two Tours.
CERVINIA, Italy (AP) — Chris Froome effectively sealed victory in the Giro d'Italia on Saturday by holding his only remaining challenger in check up the final climb of the three-week race.
The four-time Tour de France champion takes a 46-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin into Sunday's mostly ceremonial finish in Rome and is poised to win his third consecutive Grand Tour, matching the achievements of cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) — Chris Froome produced one of the great performances of his career, attacking alone on a gravel road up a grueling climb to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday and claim the overall leader's pink jersey.
The four-time Tour de France champion launched his solo attack up the three-week race's highest climb with 80 kilometers (50 miles) to go and rode clear amid banks of snow above the tree line.
Cavendish, Sagan ready to line up for Tour of California
In some ways, Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish will always be joined at the hip.
Or the elbow.
You see, the two have long been among the world's top cyclists, routinely winning some of the sport's marquee races. Sagan is a three-time and reigning world champion, fresh off his Paris-Roubaix victory, while Cavendish trails only Eddy Merckx for the most Tour de France stage wins.
Nice to host opening stage of 2020 Tour de France
PARIS (AP) — The 2020 Tour de France will begin in Nice.
The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981.
Cycling's biggest race last stopped there in 2013 during its 100th edition.
2019 Tour will honor 1st victory of 5-time champion Merckx
BRUSSELS (AP) — The start of the 2019 Tour de France will be all about honoring Eddy Merckx in his hometown of Brussels.
Merckx, known as "The Cannibal" for his ferocious taste for victory, won the first of his five Tours in 1969. Half a century later, the Belgian great still sees it as one of the major accomplishments for a cyclist generally considered to be the greatest ever.
Froome wins Velo d’Or award for 3rd time
PARIS (AP) — Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has capped his season by winning the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2017.
The Team Sky leader succeeded three-time world champion Peter Sagan.
Froome enjoyed a spectacular year, becoming the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same season, after Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault in 1978, when the Vuelta was still held in the spring before the Tour.
Tour champion Froome could face Dumoulin test on 2018 route
PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Chris Froome can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year's Tour de France.
Froome is chasing a record-equaling fifth victory to move level with Belgian great Eddy Merckx, French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and Spanish great Miguel Indurain.
Froome and Dumoulin won the three Grand Tours last year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta and Dumoulin winning the Giro d'Italia.
Giro director to Froome: Come make ‘history’ in Italy
ROME (AP) — Rain, often snow, and sometimes even mud.
The conditions at the Giro d'Italia are often everything that Chris Froome dislikes most.
Yet if the Kenyan-born, heat-loving Briton enters next year's race he'll have the chance to become the first cyclist to win the Tour de France, Spanish Vuelta and Giro in succession.
TASTE OF THE TOUR: The Izoard pass and an Alpine fortress
SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (AP) — For the first time in the race's history, a Tour de France stage will finish at the summit of the Col d'Izoard, the scene of some of the race's most memorable feats.
Unfortunately for riders, oxygen masks are banned on the race. They could certainly do with some extra help during the long, steep climb up a mountain that peaks at an altitude of 2,360 meters in rarefied air.
Kittel wins Tour stage 10, Froome keeps race lead
BERGERAC, France (AP) — Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year's Tour de France.
The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease on Tuesday, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader's yellow jersey.
Kittel perfectly timed his effort in the final straight to post his fourth stage win since the start of the race, crossing the line ahead of fellow German John Degenkolb.
Froome to extend Team Sky deal to 2021
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Chris Froome said Wednesday he is close to agreeing a contract extension that would keep the three-time Tour de France champion with Team Sky until 2021 — ample time to try to catch the elite group of riders with five titles.
The 32-year-old Briton said he hopes the details will be finalized by the time the 2017 Tour starts Saturday in Duesseldorf, Germany.
2019 Tour de France to start in Brussels
PARIS (AP) — The 2019 Tour de France will start in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx's maiden win in cycling's biggest race.
Tour organizers say it will be the second time the race will set off from the Belgian capital, which hosted the race's Grand Depart in 1958.
This year's Tour starts in the German city of Duesseldorf on July 1. The Tour will return home for the 2018 start when riders set off from the Passage du Gois in western France.
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Mark Cavendish is aiming for his fourth victory in this year's Tour de France as the mostly flat Stage 11 gets underway.
Chris Froome is wearing the yellow jersey of overall leader for the third consecutive day.
With 29 career stage wins in the Tour, Cavendish sits second on the all-time list, five behind Eddy Merckx's record of 34 and one ahead of Bernard Hinault.
Setting up well for sprinters, Wednesday's stage follows a...