Keyword: Tour de France

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France cycle race

The 32-year-old Team Sky rider came first at the end of the gruelling three-week Tour de France in Paris on Sunday, 11 years after he first took part in the race and came 140th out of 141 competitors, with Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in second place followed by Britain's Chris Froome, the earlier favourite and four-times winner of the Tour, in third position.

Tour de France riders teargassed as police clear farmers' demo

Police used tear gas to disperse farmers protesting about the loss of rights for agricultural land who blocked the Tour de France stage on Tuesday with bales of hay and sheep, but the spread of the gas vapours meant several riders needed medical treatment from the doctor’s car at the rear of the peloton.

Macron lies low as interior minister quizzed by parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron, who for several days has dodged answering questions about his security advisor Alexandre Benalla caught on video assaulting May Day demonstrators, has cancelled a public appearance with crowds along the Tour de France cycle race scheduled for Wednesday, while his interior minister Gérard Collomb was quizzed by MPs about the May 1st events.  

Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France

The 32-year-old British cyclist came in 54 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Urán at the end of the final stage of the race into Paris where the convoy of one of the most prestigious cycling races in the world was routed through the Grand Palais with the riders racing under the famous glass roof, originally erected in 1897 for the universal exposition at the turn of the century.

The top cyclists in pursuit of tax havens

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Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert, in lead, who had a company based in Luxembourg. © Quick step Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert, in lead, who had a company based in Luxembourg. © Quick step

As the Tour de France gets underway, Mediapart has examined the way that key figures in the world of cycling minimise their tax payments by putting money earned from image rights into companies based in Cyprus, Switzerland or Luxembourg. Some major names such as the Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert and the French star Tony Gallopin have taken advantage of this tax route. Antton Rouget reports.

Chris Froome wins third Tour de France

The 31-year-old became the first British three-time winner as he climbed the podium on the Champs-Elysées at the end of the 103rd, three-week tour.

Tour de France has a chance of a home winner after 31 years of hurt

A trio of French cyclists lead a host of contenders for the home nation who are without an overall winner in the iconic race since 1985.

Tour de France riders to be protected by elite anti-terror police

Special operations gendarmes, the equivalent of Britain’s SAS, will be among 23,000 police deployed to combat terror threat at July's race.

French winemakers secure Tour de France deal after blockade threats

Organisers of the cycling race agreed a promotional deal with winemakers in southern France furious at a sponsorship agreement with Chilean wine brand.

Chris Froome wins Tour de France for second time

The British cyclist rode a rain-soaked final stage to Paris after a three-week race when he was the target of regular attacks over drugs use claims.

Police shoot at car forcing past Tour de France barriers in central Paris square

Police opened fire on a vehicle after the driver sped through early morning barricades set up for the Tour de France final stage in Paris.

Chris Froome on brink of winning 2015 Tour de France

The British cyclist, the target of doping allegations for his strong performance in the celebrated race, begins last stage Sunday with 1'.12" lead.

Italian cyclist Nibali is winner of 101th Tour de France

The 29-year-old Italian rider dominated the Tour from the moment he took the race lead in Sheffield and wore the yellow jersey for 18 days.

Tour de France to host one-day women's competition

The one-day women's competition will be held on the same day and circuit as the men's three-week race finale on Paris' Champs-Elysées.

Tour de France cyclists 'live longer' than general population

Study finds French riders in the Tour de France live an average six years longer than the general population and die less of cardiovascular problems.