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 ...

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 the...

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 truffles, ...

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 mon...

Teuns wins Tour de France Stage 6, Ciccone takes race lead

CHAMPAGNEY, France (AP) — Dylan Teuns of Belgium has won the first mountain stage of the Tour de France and Giulio Ciccone of Italy has taken the overall race lead. Teuns and Ciccone...

At Tour de France, a beacon for fire-damaged Notre Dame

REIMS, France (AP) — On quiet days at the Tour de France, when even the commentators on French TV talk about the boredom of flat, long, meandering stages where not much happens until the sprint finish...

Alaphilippe wins sparkling Tour Stage 3 in Champagne

EPERNAY, France (AP) — Julian Alaphilippe has won Stage 3 of the Tour de France and taken the yellow jersey with a sparkling ride into the Champagne town of Epernay. The French rider...

For Tour de France riders, eating on the job key to winning

BRUSSELS (AP) — At the Tour de France, there are two types of eating. There's food for pure pleasure, consumed with gusto by those who follow the race for three weeks through French ...

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?" T...

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 mayo. ...