'Strange mix': Lucky fans weirded out by empty French Open

PARIS (AP) — When the email landed to say they had been selected to be among the very few spectators allowed into Roland Garros this year, Jean-Baptiste Guinchard and his sister Anne-Lise were so asto...

Coach fumes at French Open virus ban for player Dzumhur

PARIS (AP) — A tennis coach who failed a coronavirus test for the French Open, forcing his player’s withdrawal from qualifying for the Grand Slam tournament, sharply criticized organizers on Tuesday f...

First Native American racer blazes trail at Tour de France

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A late draft to the Tour de France, Neilson Powless didn’t have time to scramble together a turtle necklace, the spirit animal of his Native American tribe, or paint one of thei...

For health workers, the pandemic Tour de France is a big ask

NICE, France (AP) — Likely too busy racing to notice, the 176 riders starting the Tour de France this weekend will speed close to a sprawling hospital where caregiver Maude Leneveu is still reeling fr...

Uncertainty shrouds Tour de France racing against COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — Already delayed, the Tour de France sets off Saturday shrouded in uncertainty, flying in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the imponderable question of how many of the 176 riders w...

A Tour for the ages getting its first South American winner

PARIS (AP) — A Tour de France for the ages is getting a champion of an unusually young age: 22-year-old Egan Bernal, set to become South America's first winner of cycling's greatest race when he rides...

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 three...

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. Turns out the B-side was pretty g...

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 2...

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. The mountain pastures where their...

One down, two to go for Alaphilippe, still in yellow at Tour

SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) — One big Alpine stage completed, just two more to go, and Julian Alaphilippe is still in yellow with France one step closer to having a first Tour winner since ...

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. The husband-wife cheese-making...

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: 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 yourself? ...

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 iconic yellow shirt worn by the race leader, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the ...