More Tour frustration for France but future looking bright
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...
A star is born at the Tour: 22-year-old champion Egan Bernal
Colombian cycling ‘beetles’ chase Tour leader Bernal’s dream
ZIPAQUIRA, Colombia (AP) — Tomás Moreno sneaks a quick glance over his shoulder before speeding across the white finish line and throwing his hands in the air. It's the 8-year-old's first ever...
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.
How the Tour was won: 5 key stages of fabulous drama
PARIS (AP) — Before its damp-squib finish, with two last Alpine stages truncated by landslides and a hailstorm, the 2019 Tour de France thrilled — unusually — almost daily, guaranteeing that the...
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For Alaphilippe, Tour was too long, too high
VAL THORENS, France (AP) — For Julian Alaphilippe, the Tour de France proved to be just 148 kilometers (92 miles) too long.
But the French rider who did more than anyone to set the 2019...
At 22, Egan Bernal all but secures Colombia’s 1st Tour win
VAL THORENS, France (AP) — Perpetuating the tradition of great Colombian climbers, Egan Bernal left his mark on the Tour de France in the mountains. But unlike his flashy predecessors, he is also...
End is in sight for Tour de France riders
Taste of the Tour: Keeping wolves at bay in the Alps
VALMEINIER, France (AP) — When members of the cheese-making Bricard family say they're working to keep wolves from the door, they mean it literally.
Later than usual, Ineos team takes control of Tour de France
TIGNES, France (AP) — After nearly three weeks of complete uncertainty at the Tour de France, things are back to normal, with an Ineos rider in the yellow jersey.
Egan Bernal storms into Tour yellow amid icy chaos
TIGNES, France (AP) — In an instant, and just as it was becoming even more thrilling, the most exciting Tour de France in decades became truly bizarre, and got a new leader — Egan Bernal of...
Taste of the Tour: Bacteria farmers in the wilds of France
MIALET, France (AP) — There are those who merely talk of giving it all up and starting a new life. And there are others, far fewer, who actually do it.
French rider Pinot pulls out of Tour de France in the Alps
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...
Taste of the Tour: The pitfalls of owning a French chateau
VILLERSEXEL, France (AP) — The Tour de France loves castles. Not a day passes without the TV cameras zooming in on one of the country's magnificent châteaux along the race route, conjuring up...
Technology beating romanticism at Tour de France
ALBI, France (AP) — With all the technology stacked against them, the six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught.
Tantalizingly poised Tour de France saving its best for last
NIMES, France (AP) — A Tour de France jam-packed with unexpected plot twists is saving its biggest surprise for last.
With six riders within reach of the podium heading into the toughest...
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Taste of the Tour: Classic hen in a pot at ‘Chez Paulette’
PAU, France (AP) — A classic base camp at the Tour de France, the city of Pau is a food lovers' paradise.
Visited on Friday by the Tour peloton for the 71st time after hosting the race for...
Dennis quits Tour in bizarre way, Yates wins in Pyrenees
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France (AP) — In 116 years of racing at the Tour de France, riders have done all sorts of bizarre things, from jumping on trains to fighting with fans at mountain...
Taste of the Tour: Moonlight wine and ‘Beautiful Girls’
KAYSERSBERG, France (AP) — Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster, or seize the yellow jersey.
Taste of the Tour: Salty riders in the town of “white gold”
CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) — At the Tour de France, it's time to talk about salt.
Through their sweat, Tour riders lose several grams of salt a day, often visible as white stains on their...
At Tour, struggling champ Thomas no longer touching the sky
LA MONGIE, France (AP) — When the team of Geraint Thomas was in its pomp at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new...
A long wait, but finally a Tour win for sprint prodigy Ewan
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A bit more than a year ago, Caleb Ewan was devastated to be left out of the Tour de France.
The Australian sprinter had to watch cycling's biggest race on TV after...
Alaphilippe stuns Tour with time-trial win, builds race lead
PAU, France (AP) — A question that first seemed pie-in-the-sky is growing in credibility with each additional ride that takes him toward Paris: Could Julian Alaphilippe carry the yellow jersey...
At Tour de France, tasting Belgium’s chocolate is a must
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?"
A first Tour at 32: Rookie Canadian savoring every moment
PAU, France (AP) — If there was a smiley-face jersey for the happiest rider at the Tour de France, to go alongside the wearer of the iconic yellow shirt, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the...
Taste of the Tour: Stunning prizes, tasty steaks in Auvergne
BRIOUDE, France (AP) — After thrusting their arms in victory at the finish line, Tour de France stage winners are greeted by hostesses on the podium. As well as the yellow jersey, the Tour de...
Alaphilippe, Thomas bracing for mouthwatering Tour showdown
GAP, France (AP) — Picture the final showdown in "High Noon." But at more than a mile above sea level.
With an Alpine trilogy of stages including six climbs in rarefied air, forecasts of...
Taste of the Tour: A signature dessert in Kirk Douglas’ wake
SAINT-SAVIN, France (AP) — It's a Tour de France dilemma: When you've found a gem of a hotel with a knockout restaurant along the race route, do you greedily keep the precious address to...
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...
Thomas crashes again as heat wave engulfs Tour de France
NIMES, France (AP) — Crashing is becoming a bad habit for defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas.
After hitting the ground twice over the past two weeks, the Welshman fell off his...
Pinot, Alaphilippe boost French hopes at Tour de France
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...
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...
Taste of the Tour: A festival of lard at high altitude
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...
Eat your greens: Tour deep into fermented cabbage country
COLMAR, France (AP) — There are two types of French people: Those who relish the savory-sweet tang of choucroute and those immune to the charms of the shredded and fermented chewy...
Yellow jersey Alaphilippe brings panache to the Tour
COLMAR, France (AP) — In an era where riders are becoming slaves to power meters, earpieces and all sorts of technological gadgets, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe is bringing a much-needed dose of...
Taste of the Tour: Piping-hot bean stew in summer? Bien sûr!
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France (AP) — Even in the July heat of a French summer, when many are glued to the Tour de France on TV, on vacation, or both, a piping-hot sweat-inducing cassoulet still hits...
Taste of the Tour: Garlic soup in Toulouse-Lautrec country
ALBI, France (AP) — Terrible timing: Wout van Aert, the Belgian winner of Monday's stage at the Tour de France, just missed the garlic harvest in Lautrec, and he was a few weeks too early for next...
2 riders kicked out of Tour de France after altercation
GAP, France (AP) — Two riders, including a teammate of defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, have been kicked out of the race after they got into an altercation that both teams said...
Taste of the Tour: Fine wooden toys and fruit pie in Queyras
SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) — At the foothills of the Col d'Izoard, the scene of some Tour de France memorable feats, the small village of Arvieux is home to a children's...
Owning a French castle: not what it seems
Tour de France cyclists focus on nutrition
Taste of the Tour: A bend, a death and a personal story
SAINT-SEBASTIEN-D'AIGREFEUILLE, France (AP) — Because people die on roads, the sinuous route of the Tour de France inevitably passes the sites of family tragedies for someone, somewhere.
Taste of the Tour: Hunting with dogs for ‘Black Diamonds’
CESTAYROLS, France (AP) — When he got the call that Monsieur le Directeur of the Tour de France and friends would be dining in his restaurant and would it be possible, please, to serve them...
Daring Alaphilippe ‘unplugged brain’ to cling to Tour yellow
SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) — With the Alps spread like giant teeth in front of him and rivals speeding away, seeking to steal the precious yellow jersey off his shoulders, Julian...
Speedy recovery could help Froome race at Tour de France
PARIS (AP) — Four months after a career-threatening high-speed crash left him with multiple fractures, Chris Froome has resumed training in the hope that he can compete for a record-equaling fifth...
2020 Tour de France: Mountains galore for pure climbers
PARIS (AP) — Like a giant roller-coaster from start to finish over five mountain ranges, next year's Tour de France will feature new summits and only a few time-trial kilometers.