Julian Alaphilippe ends stellar season, skips Il Lombardia
BRUSSELS (AP) — French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe has prematurely ended his highly successful season during which he wore the Tour de France's yellow jersey for 14 days and won the Milan-San Remo...
Lopez leads Astana to opening win in Spanish Vuelta
TORREVIEJA, Spain (AP) — Colombia rider Miguel Angel Lopez led Astana to a team time-trial victory as the Spanish Vuelta got underway on Saturday.
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Belgian teenager Remco Evenepoel won the San Sebastian Classic in northern Spain on Saturday, securing the 19-year-old his first victory in cycling's top...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Thomas crashes again at Tour de France
NIMES, France (AP) — Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Tomas has crashed for the third time since the start of the race.
With the peloton riding at moderate speed, Thomas fell to the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
After a Tour on TV, Pinot now looms large in the picture
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...
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...
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...
Up-and-coming Ciccone delivers at maiden Tour de France
CHAMPAGNEY, France (AP) — Giulio Ciccone's biggest dream is to wear the Giro d'Italia's pink jersey once in his life.
He will be covered in a more prestigious color Friday at the Tour de...
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...
Cool in Champagne: Alaphilippe wins sparkling Tour Stage 3
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...
PARIS (AP) — Former world champion Philippe Gilbert has been left off his team's squad for the Tour de France, a year after crashing out of the three-week race.
SAN REMO, Italy (AP) — French rider Julian Alaphilippe confirmed his status as the top cyclist so far this season by winning the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.
Tour de France chaos: farmers’ protest, tear gas and crashes
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Tear gas in riders' eyes. A farmers' protest blocking the road. Two key crashes on dangerous descents.
The only thing lacking from the wild 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday was a shakeup in the overall standings.
Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) — France has a new cycling star.
Two days after the country's soccer players won the World Cup, Julian Alaphilippe became the first French winner of a stage at this year's Tour de France on Tuesday.
Fueled by previous disappointments and thoughts of his ill father watching on TV, Alaphilippe timed his break perfectly and powered to victory on the first day in the mountains, crossing the line alone, and finishing well ahead of his rivals for his first Tour win.
LANS-EN-VERCORS, France (AP) — Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe beat Dan Martin in a sprint to win the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine as the race reached the mountains on Thursday.
Gianni Moscon overtook teammate and previous leader Michal Kwiatkowski in the general classification as Team Sky retained the first three spots overall.
SAINT-JUST-SAINT-RAMBERT, France (AP) — South African rider Daryl Impey won the hilly first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Monday, despite feeling unwell beforehand.
After completing the 179-kilometer (111-mile) trek from Valence to Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert in a little less than 4 1/2 hours, Impey expressed surprise at his performance.
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.
VALDEBLORE LA COLMIANE, France (AP) — French cyclist Rudy Molard won the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Friday and Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez kept the leader's yellow jersey.
Molard became the fourth Frenchman to win a stage at this year's race, breaking away from a small group of nine riders about 1 kilometer from the finish line. He finished two seconds ahead of Belgian rider Tim Wellens. French rider Julian Alaphilippe was third.
Cousin wins Paris-Nice stage as Sanchez retains lead
SISTERON, France (AP) — French rider Jerome Cousin won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race by beating Nils Politt in a sprint Thursday.
After Cyril Gautier and a few others had been felled in a crash, Cousin launched his attack with 200 meters to go to finish two seconds ahead of German cyclist Politt.
Specialist sprinter Andre Greipel of Germany, a multiple stage winner on the Tour de France, was four seconds behind Cousin in third place.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Luis Leon Sanchez kept the leader's jersey after the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday as Wout Poels of the Netherlands powered to victory in the 18.5-kilometer time trial around Saint-Etienne.
Four-time Spanish time-trial champion Sanchez posted the seventh fastest time, 28 seconds off the pace.
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.
Sagan becomes 1st man to win 3 straight world road titles
BERGEN, Norway (AP) — Peter Sagan ended a year of mixed fortunes on a high note by becoming the first man to win three straight world road race titles.
The colorful rider from Slovakia defended his crown on Sunday after holding off Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in a sprint finish at the road world championships in Norway.
Froome increases Vuelta lead as Alaphilippe wins Stage 8
XORRET DE CATI, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome made a strong charge in the final climb to increase his overall Spanish Vuelta lead in Saturday's eighth stage, which was won by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe.
Alaphilippe broke from the leading pack in the final meters (yards) and crossed the line unchallenged to win his first Grand Tour stage after 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) from Hellin to Xorret de Cati.
Yates wins stage 6 of Paris-Nice; Alaphilippe keeps lead
FAYENCE, France (AP) — Simon Yates peeled away on the final climb of the day to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, while Julian Alaphilippe retained the lead on Friday.
Yates moved into overall contention, but the British rider remains 1 minute, 37 seconds behind Alaphilippe with two climbing stages remaining.
BOURG-DE-PEAGE, France (AP) — German cyclist Andre Greipel won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice in a sprint finish on Thursday, while Julian Alaphilippe comfortably retained his lead.
Greipel positioned himself behind the wheel of Arnaud Demare of France and surged past him as they went for the line.
Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands finished third, with the trio clocking the same time of nearly five hours over the 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) to Bourg-de-Peage in southeastern France.