French cycling’s eternal runner-up Poulidor dies at 83 | AFP

Former French cycling champion Raymond Poulidor, the ‘eternal runner-up’ at the Tour de France, dies on Wednesday at the age of 83 having been admitted to hospital a day earlier suffering from severe fatigue. Poulidor’s huge popularity in France stemmed from his impressive feat of finishing on the Tour de France podium eight times during a relentless but ultimately futile bid to win the race’s fabled yellow jersey in a period dominated by the ‘Cannibal’, Belgian Eddy Merckx.

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Tour de France winner Bernal returns to Colombian hometown as hero | AFP

Zipaquira residents welcome Tour de France 2019 winner Egan Bernal as he arrives in his hometown. IMAGES

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Colombians feel proud of Tour de France winner Egan Bernal | AFP

Colombians feel proud of Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and all the newspapers highlight the feat of the Colombian, after Bernal became Colombia’s first Tour de France winner and the youngest of any nationality since 1909 on Sunday.

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Evolving Ineos prove durability with another Tour title | AFP

Egan Bernal’s victory on Sunday marked a seventh Tour de France success in eight editions for the team once called Sky and now known as Ineos, highlighting the outfit’s clinical command of cycling’s biggest event.

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End is in sight for Tour de France riders

The team buses at the Tour de France are a home away from home where riders prepare each day for the race and where they ride back to at the end of each stage. Associated Press got access to Cofidis team bus at the start of Stage 18 in Embrun. (July 26)

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Tour de France publicity ‘caravane’ brings joy to French roads | AFP

As the Tour de France nears its end in Paris, AFP meets the ‘caravane’ workers who preceed the riders on every stage, throwing out goodies and ensuring the public is having a good time.

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Surprise-packed cheese on the Tour de France route

A husband and wife are preparing a surprise-packed cheese along the Tour de France route. (July 25)

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Taste of the Tour: Dessert in the Pyrenees

It’s a Tour de France dilemma: When you’ve found a gem of a hotel along the race route, should you stingily keep the precious address to yourself? (July 21)

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Hunt for ‘Black Diamonds’ on Tour de France route

The ‘Tour de France’ isn’t the only game in town, as cyclists power through the French countryside. Others in the region are busy hunting for truffles. (July 18)

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Owning a French castle: not what it seems

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. But one chateaux buyer found that owning a castle isn’t so easy. (July 15)

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Wine Country takes center stage at Tour de France

Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster. But in the Alsace region near the famous competition this week, winemakers are embracing these biodynamic methods. (July 11)

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At Tour de France, a beacon for damaged Notre Dame

The Gothic cathedral in the Champagne city of Reims formed a breathtaking backdrop for Stage 4 of the Tour de France. (July 10)

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Tour de France cyclists focus on nutrition

Tour de France cyclists are increasingly focusing on nutrition as they try to power themselves through the grueling race. (July 8)

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Eddy Merckx celebrated as Tour de France’s great

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Brussels as the Belgian capital turned yellow to celebrate cycling great Eddy Merckx’s maiden Tour de France victory half a century ago. (July 5)

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Egan Bernal, young Colombian cyclist chasing Tour de France glory | AFP

Unlike most Colombian cyclists, 22-year-old Egan Bernal did not grow up training on roadbikes in the foothills of the Andes. Instead, young Bernal road mountain bikes on wooded trails where he perfected his balance, a training regimen he hopes will set him apart this year in the Tour de France 2019. ATTN CLIENTS: SHOTS 1-15 ARE MUTE

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Aerodynamics in cycling | AFP Animé

Aerodynamics and how exploiting it can help improve competitive cyclists’ performance. The Tour de France begins on July 6.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Brussels exhibition explores the history of the Tour de France | AFP

A new exhibition in Brussels explores the love affair between the Belgians and the Tour de France, going back decades.

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Mountains loom large in 2019 Tour de France

Tour de France competitors are facing a tougher race this year after organizers peppered the route with three stages that finish on mountain climbs reaching above 2,000 meters, or 6,500 feet. The cycling race begins on July 6th. (July 1)

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Aerodynamics in cycling | AFP Animé

Aerodynamics and how exploiting it can help improve competitive cyclists’ performance. The Tour de France begins on July 6.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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