PARIS (AP) — "Now or Never."
That was the headline running across the front page of France's biggest-selling sports newspaper L'Equipe three weeks ago, amid nationwide hopes that a homegrown...
CHAMPAGNEY, France (AP) — Two Tour de France rookies stole the show on the first mountain stage, with Dylan Teuns of Belgium winning Stage 6 and Giulio Ciccone of Italy taking the overall race...
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.
Spain’s Alejandro Valverde sprints to road race world title
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Alejandro Valverde sprinted to gold in the men's road race at the world championships on Sunday.
The Spanish rider was the fastest of a leading group of four, with Romain Bardet of France taking the silver and Michael Woods of Canada the bronze, while Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands placed fourth.
It was Valverde's first world title, after finishing runner-up in 2003 and 2005 and coming third four times.
ROUBAIX, France (AP) — Richie Porte sat on the pavement grasping his right shoulder and grimacing in pain. A fan helped Chris Froome get going after he tumbled onto grass lining the road. Romain Bardet recovered from three punctured tires.
And they were only the highest-profile riders to face mishaps in the action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday.
Every cyclist who reached the finish was covered in dust — many with their jerseys torn to shreds from crashes.
MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Sometimes in cycling the bike can be the rider's biggest enemy.
Tour de France contenders Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet both lost significant time in the overall standings after spokes on their wheels snapped near the uphill end of Stage 6 on Thursday.
Both title hopefuls were left behind by the rest of the top riders as they increased the pace hunting for the win that finally went to Daniel Martin of Ireland.
Geraint Thomas wins Criterium du Dauphine
SAINT-GERVAIS, France (AP) — Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas won the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday after Adam Yates claimed the final stage of the warmup race for the Tour de France.
Yates, who attacked several times in the stage finale, managed to overtake Dani Navarro on the last curve of the final climb to Saint-Gervais, in the French Alps, just about 50 meters from the finish line.
Navarro finished second, four seconds back, with Romain Bardet completing the podium, nine seconds off the pace.
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
ANS, Belgium (AP) — Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season.
Just days after his teammate Julian Alaphilippe of France won the Fleche Wallonne, Jungels secured a 27th win for Quick Step this season in Ans.
Bardet to compete at Spanish Vuelta
PARIS (AP) — French rider Romain Bardet will compete at the Spanish Vuelta for the first time after securing a third-place finish at the Tour de France last month.
His AG2R-La Mondiale team confirmed that the 26-year-old Bardet will take part at the three-week race, which starts on Aug. 19 in the French city of Nimes.
Bardet, who finished runner-up to Chris Froome at the Tour in 2016, has never competed in the two other Grands Tours, the Vuelta and the Giro d'Italia.
PARIS (AP) — Maybe the drought will be over soon for French riders at the Tour de France.
It is 32 years since the Tour had a home winner, when Bernard Hinault won the last of his five titles back in 1985.
He didn't know it then but Hinault's fifth crown brought an end to a glorious era in French cycling, a period when the home nation won nine Tour titles out of 11.
A long and painful drought followed, but a pair of riders has emerged to rekindle French hopes.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Latest on the Tour de France time trial in Marseille (all times local):
All riders have now set off in the Marseille time trial.
Wearing the yellow skinsuit designed for him by Tour de France organizers, leader Chris Froome was the last to go down the ramp in the Stade Velodrome, amid some whistles and boo's.
Froome has a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet, and 29 seconds over third-placed Rigoberto Uran.
Froome looking to seal 4th Tour title in Marseille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Defending champion Chris Froome looks to seal his fourth Tour de France title in a time trial in Marseille, the penultimate stage of this year's race.
The Team Sky leader has a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet and is better than his French rival in the race against the clock.
A good time trialist, Rigoberto Uran is six seconds further back in third place and could overtake Bardet in the general classification ahead of Sunday's parade to the Champs Elysees.
Aru falters, Froome soars in thin air of the Alps
BRIANCON, France (AP) — One series of giant Tour de France mountains out of the way. One more to come. And one less rival for race leader Chris Froome to watch quite so closely.
By sticking like fly-paper to the enterprising Romain Bardet, despite the French rider's efforts to distance him on the race's highest peak, Froome took a big step Wednesday toward a fourth Tour victory this weekend in Paris.
ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (AP) — Ahead of two grueling Alpine stages likely to decide the outcome of the 104th Tour de France, Chris Froome and his teammates have sent a clear message to their rivals with another impressive display of collective strength.
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) — The battle for victory will go down to the wire at the Tour de France.
With just six stages left before the three-week race reaches the Champs-Elysees, only 29 seconds separate the top four riders in the general classification.
Bike problem nearly derails Froome on Stage 15
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) — If Chris Froome rides into Paris next Sunday with the Tour de France's famed yellow jersey still on his shoulders, it will be impossible to argue that he didn't earn the win.
In another day of drama Sunday in a 104th Tour full of twists, Froome broke a back-wheel spoke at the worst possible time on Stage 15 — just as his top rivals were picking up speed in front of him going into yet another punishing climb.
LACAVE, France (AP) — Cycling's governing body on Friday overturned the decision from the Tour de France jury to give Rigoberto Uran and George Bennett time penalties for grabbing bottles from the side of the road in the closing stages of Thursday's 12th stage.
Cannondale-Drapac team boss Jonathan Vaughters told The Associated Press he was informed of the UCI's decision Friday morning, ahead of the start of Stage 13.
PAU, France (AP) — Ahead of two grueling days filled with some truly punishing ascents, the main contenders on the Tour de France were all hoping that Wednesday would be a nice, relaxed day on the bike.
It didn't happen.
Instead of what riders call a "transition" day, with a comfortable run to the gateway to the Pyrenees mountains, Stage 11 proved to be a brutal experience for some of the top riders after a series of crashes left them nursing cuts and bruises.
CHAMBERY, France (AP) — Chris Froome probably hoped he had a bigger lead than his 18-second advantage over Fabio Aru on the Tour de France's first rest day.
At least he's still in one piece, though.
Richie Porte, Froome's most feared opponent, and Geraint Thomas, Froome's most loyal support rider at Team Sky, both crashed out of the race on Sunday.
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — One stage into the Tour de France was all it took for Chris Froome and his Team Sky to answer all the pre-race talk about how they are not as dominant this year.
Geraint Thomas, Froome's most loyal support rider in his three Tour victories, won the wet and slippery opening stage and claimed the yellow jersey.
MORZINE, France (AP) — After two crashes, a bloodied knee and even a run up legendary Mont Ventoux, a relieved Chris Froome can cruise into Paris on Sunday and secure his third Tour de France title in four years.
Froome kept his lead intact during the final day of climbing — and descending — in the Alps on Saturday and heads to the mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees with a comfortable advantage of 4 minutes, 5 seconds over Romain Bardet of...