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1 year 4 months ago

Mark Cavendish wins eventful stage 13 of Tour

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish won the 13th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish Friday and Chris Froome lost a sizeable chunk of his overall lead after being caught out by Alberto Contador. Flat stages are normally relatively free of incident, but the 173-kilometer (107.5-mile)...

1 year 4 months ago

Martin wins stage 11 of Tour, Froome keeps lead

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) - German rider Tony Martin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France and second-placed Chris Froome finished way ahead of his main rivals to significantly improve his overall lead on Wednesday. Martin, the two-time defending world time trial champion, covered the 20.5-mile route in Normandy...

2 years 4 months ago

Wiggins wins Tour de France

PARIS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France, after safely protecting the yellow jersey during Sunday's final processional ride into Paris. He even helped Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees. Wiggins secured his win with...

3 years 4 months ago

New leader at the Tour de France

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - On the final day in the Alps, the Tour de France gets a new leader - Andy Schleck. The Luxembourg rider has overtaken Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, making up his 15-second deficit during a 68-mile stage that sent riders up the brutally steep Alpe d'Huez. Voeckler...

3 years 4 months ago

Schleck takes stage 18 of Tour de France

LE MONETIER-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Andy Schleck won the 18th Stage of the Tour de France in a dazzling solo breakaway attack in the Alps on Thursday, while Thomas Voeckler barely held onto the overall leader's yellow jersey. Schleck attacked his main rivals on the second of three grueling climbs...

3 years 4 months ago

Tour de France hits the Alps

PINEROLO, Italy (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on the first of three days in the Alps. It's the second victory for Boasson Hagen and the fourth for Norway in this year's race. Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey, but...

3 years 4 months ago

Hushovd wins Stage 16 at Tour de France

GAP, France (AP) - Thor Hushovd of Norway led a three-man breakaway to win a rainy 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, while French rider Thomas Voeckler appeared to keep the race leader's yellow jersey. The main title contenders were trailing several minutes behind. Three-time champion Alberto...

3 years 4 months ago

Tour: Cavendish wins stage; Voeckler keeps lead

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish edged American Tyler Farrar to win his fourth stage at this Tour de France, while France's Thomas Voeckler kept the yellow jersey. Sunday's mostly flat, 120-mile route through vineyards from Limoux to Montpellier favored sprinters, giving them a chance to shine again...

3 years 4 months ago

Andre Greipel wins 10th stage of Tour

CARMAUX, France (AP) - German sprinter Andre Greipel has won Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France, beating Mark Cavendish by a wheel's length in a dash to the line. France's Thomas Voeckler keeps the yellow jersey after nestling safely in the main pack for most of the 98-mile...

3 years 4 months ago

Hushovd continues to lead at the Tour de France

LISIEUX, France (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway has won a rain-splattered sixth stage of the Tour de France, while Thor Hushovd retained the leader's yellow jersey. The pack battled slippery roads and brisk winds Thursday over the hilly 140-mile ride across northwestern France into Normandy that was suited...

3 years 4 months ago

American wins stage four of Tour de France

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France (AP) - Cadel Evans has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France by a nose after a sprint, with Thor Hushovd retaining the yellow jersey after a rain-doused ride through western Brittany. Tuesday's 107-mile route from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne was mostly flat, but ended with a...

3 years 4 months ago

Thor Hushovd defends Tour lead on stage 3

REDON, France (AP) - American cyclist Tyler Farrar won a Tour de France stage for the first time Monday, capturing the third leg in a mass sprint as Thor Hushovd kept the yellow jersey. The 123-mile flat route from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon in western Brittany favored sprinters like Hushovd. The...

3 years 4 months ago

Gilbert wins 1st stage of Tour de France

MONT DES ALOUETTES, France (AP) - Philippe Gilbert has won the first stage of the Tour de France to take the yellow jersey - as defending champion Alberto Contador lost precious seconds because of a late crash. The first stage Saturday of the 98th edition of cycling's most prestigious race...

3 years 6 months ago

Feds ask for help in Armstrong case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. authorities are asking European officials for help gathering evidence against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in a case related to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. People familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press that the request for evidence made to...

4 years 1 month ago

USADA cases leaves USA Cycling flat

Though there are no Tour de France winners on the list, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has sanctioned five cyclists for doping in the past two months - an unusually high number for a single sport, and one that is expected to keep growing over the next several weeks. The...

4 years 4 months ago

Contador wins 3rd Tour de France

PARIS (AP) - Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France on Sunday, heralding the arrival of a new cycling superstar, as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong competed in the race for the last time. Mark Cavendish of Britain led a sprint to win the 20th and final stage - a...

4 years 4 months ago

Contador locks up Tour title in 19th stage

PAUILLAC, France (AP) - Alberto Contador is set to win his third Tour de France title in four years after retaining the yellow jersey in the next-to-last stage. Fabian Cancellara won Saturday's time trial, but the 27-year-old Contador held on to his razor-thin lead over Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who...

4 years 4 months ago

Contador stays on top at Tour de France

PAU, France (AP) - Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong provided some excitement during the 16th stage of this year's race. France's Pierrick Fedrigo won a sprint finish in a group of nine that included Armstrong, who had attacked repeatedly from the very beginning of the 16th stage....

4 years 4 months ago

Contador takes over Tour de France lead

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Andy Schleck has lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to defending champion Alberto Contador. Thomas Voeckler was the winner of the 15th stage in a time of 4 hours, 44 minutes, 51 seconds. The stage covered the 116.5-mile course from Pamiers...

4 years 4 months ago

Vinokourov wins Tour 13th stage

REVEL, France (AP) - Alexandre Vinokourov has won the 13th stage of the Tour de France in a breakaway as Andy Schleck of Luxembourg retained his 31-second lead over two-time champion Alberto Contador. Vinokourov, a Kazakh rider who is back at the Tour after a doping ban, was fastest over...

4 years 4 months ago

Rodriguez wins Tour's 12th stage

MENDE, France (AP) - Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain has won the 12th stage of the Tour de France along five mid-grade climbs and a short but feisty ascent. Andy Schleck narrowly retained the overall race lead. Rodriguez edged two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador in Friday's 131-mile course from Bourg-de-Peage to...

4 years 4 months ago

Schleck takes lead at Tour de France

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) - Sandy Casar of France has won the mountainous ninth stage of the Tour de France and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg has captured the overall lead. The French rider won the second and final Alpine ride by leading a seven-man breakaway in the 127-mile trek along three...

4 years 4 months ago

Cavendish wins 6th stage of Tour

GUEUGNON, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish has won the sixth and longest stage of the Tour de France as the top contenders finished in a closely trailing pack. The British rider won his second straight stage on a hot Friday and raised his arms in celebration at the end of...

4 years 4 months ago

Cavendish wins stage 5

MONTARGIS, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish has won the fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint, with the main yellow jersey contenders cruising behind in the main pack. The British rider collected his 11th career stage victory at the Tour over the mostly flat 116.3-mile trek from...

4 years 4 months ago

Petacchi wins stage 4 of the Tour

REIMS, France (AP) - Alessandro Petacchi has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint with Lance Armstrong and other contenders finishing in the pack. The Italian collected his second stage win this year in the mostly flat 95.4-mile ride from Cambrai to the champagne...

4 years 4 months ago

Armstrong falls to 18th at Tour de France

ARENBERG, France - Thor Hushovd of Norway won a treacherous third stage of the Tour de France, while Lance Armstrong lost time to defending champion Alberto Contador and last year's runner-up Andy Schleck. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara reclaimed the overall leader's yellow jersey a day after losing it to Sylvain Chavanel....

4 years 4 months ago

Petacchi wins 1st stage of Tour de France

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Alessandro Petacchi has won the first stage of the Tour de France in a sprint, while Lance Armstrong and other top contenders trailing in the pack in a day marred by several crashes. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara appeared set to retain the leader's yellow jersey after Sunday's...

4 years 4 months ago

Armstrong wary of first week of Tour

The Tour de France gets under way Saturday and Lance Armstrong says he doesn't expect to win the 5.5-mile prologue of what will be his last ride in cycling's premier event. The short and mainly flat stage through the Dutch port of Rotterdam's city center doesn't feature major problems but...

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