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...
TIGNES, France (AP) — Thibaut Pinot's remarkable Tour de France ended in pain and tears within touching distance of Paris as the Frenchman was forced to abandon the race with a left leg injury on...
Pinot strikes again in Pyrenees, Alaphilippe stalls
FOIX, France (AP) — When one French rider starts to fade, another comes to the fore. One way or the other, France may still be on course for its first Tour de France winner since...
LA MONGIE, France (AP) — It's one of the unwritten rules of the Tour de France. When the riders go uphill, cholesterol levels do, too.
Up in the Pyrenees where crops can't grow, meats...
Thomas blowing in the wind at Tour de France
ALBI, France (AP) — Geraint Thomas and his teammates don't need a mountain to deliver a hammer blow on their rivals at the Tour de France.
They can do it on the flat, too. With a little help...
BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can't race in it.
That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who'd...
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — As their country prepares to celebrate Bastille Day, Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot were in the mood for fireworks a day in advance at the Tour de...
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.
French rider Pinot wins Tour of Lombardy
COMO, Italy (AP) — French rider Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday for the first single-day classic victory of his career.
Pinot, who rides for the Groupama-FDJ team, left behind challenger Vincenzo Nibali with a solo attack 14 kilometers from the finish of the hilly 241-kilometer (150-mile) route from Bergamo to Como.
Nibali, a two-time winner of the Lombardy race, finished second, 32 seconds behind. Dylan Teuns of Belgium crossed third, 43 seconds back.
Yates increases Spanish Vuelta lead ahead of final stages
SANT JULIA DE LORIA, Andorra (AP) — Simon Yates moved closer to winning the Spanish Vuelta for the first time after gaining more than a minute on Alejandro Valverde in Friday's 19th stage, which was won by Thibaut Pinot.
Pinot outlasted Yates at the end of the final climb in the tiny nation of Andorra, crossing the line five seconds ahead of the British rider for his second stage win in this year's Vuelta. Valverde finished eighth, more than a minute behind.
Pinot dominates Covadonga climb to win Vuelta’s 15th stage
LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain (AP) — Thibaut Pinot won the challenging 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta with a dominant charge on the iconic climb into Lagos de Covadonga on Sunday, while Simon Yates stayed close and added a few seconds to his overall lead.
Pinot broke away under dense fog with about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to go and the Groupama-FDJ rider held on for an impressive victory after a 178.2-kilometer (110.7-mile) ride through the Picos de Europa mountains in northern Spain.
Simon Yates wins mountain test to reclaim Vuelta lead
NAVA, Spain (AP) — Simon Yates recovered the lead of the Spanish Vuelta after pulling away from his title rivals on the final uphill push to win the mountainous 14th stage on Saturday.
Yates withstood repeated attacks from the small group of seven riders first up the first-category Les Praeres summit before the English cyclist opened up a small gap on the final 300 meters of the grueling ascent.
OSIMO, Italy (AP) — Overall leader Simon Yates gained a few more seconds on closest rival Tom Dumoulin by winning the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday.
The Mitchelton-Scott rider attacked with about 1.5 kilometers remaining in the 156-kilometer leg from Assisi to Osimo and held off Dumoulin on the steep climb to earn his second stage victory of the race.
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome lost more time on the leaders and his chances of winning are disappearing.
GRAN SASSO, Italy (AP) — Simon Yates cemented his position as overall leader of the Giro d'Italia by winning the ninth stage on Sunday but it was a bad day for British compatriot Chris Froome, who lost more than a minute in the general classification.
Yates was part of a five-man group that escaped in the final kilometers of the summit finish and the Mitchelton-Scott cyclist attacked right at the end to edge out Thibaut Pinot.
MONTEVERGINE, Italy (AP) — Richard Carapaz pulled off a superb final attack to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, and British rider Simon Yates remained in the overall lead after the second mountain finish.
Carapaz stormed the end of the final climb to pass Koen Bouwman, who led for most of the day. The Movistar cyclist claimed his first win in a Grand Tour, and the first for Ecuador.
ETNA, Sicily (AP) — Simon Yates took the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday after the British rider finished second on stage six, just behind Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves on the summit of Mount Etna.
Yates overtook Chaves in the final meters but sat up on the approach to the finish line and told his teammate to cross first after the Colombian had spent the whole day in the breakaway.
Nibali uses his descending skills to win Giro of Lombardy
COMO, Italy (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali took advantage of his descending skills to win the Giro of Lombardy for the second time in three years on Saturday.
Like in his 2015 victory in the single-day classic, Nibali established his lead coming off the Civiglio climb.
Nibali attacked just before the summit to catch then-leader Thibaut Pinot, then dropped the Frenchman on the narrow and twisty descent.
ASIAGO, Italy (AP) — Nairo Quintana held on to the pink jersey in the penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday but couldn't be sure of victory. The 100th race will be decided on the last stage.
Thibaut Pinot of France won the 20th stage in a sprint finish ahead of Ilnur Zakarin of Russia and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.
Entering the concluding time trial on Sunday, Quintana leads Nibali by 39 seconds, and Pinot was third, 43 seconds back.
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) — Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two stages to go in the Giro d'Italia on Friday, setting up what could be a tense finale in Milan on Sunday.
Dumoulin couldn't keep up with his main rivals in the final uphill finish of the three-week race and trails Quintana, the 2014 winner from Colombia, by 38 seconds.
Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali is third overall, 43 seconds behind Quintana.
LAC DE PAYOLLE, France (AP) — Dribbling in pain on the punishing climb of the Col d'Aspin, Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the Tour de France disappear.
While his rivals in the fight for the yellow jersey came out unscathed from the first big ascent of this year's race on Friday, France's top hope crossed the finish line nearly seven minutes after stage winner Steve Cummings, losing just over three minutes to the group that included defending champion Chris...