Cavendish wins 25th career stage in Tour de France

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Mark Cavendish collected his 25th Tour de France stage Friday and overall leader Chris Froome saw his advantage shrink considerably.

Kittel collects another Tour stage; Froome leads overall

TOURS, France, July 11 (UPI) -- Marcel Kittel edged Mark Cavendish in the final sprint Thursday and won his third stage of this year's Tour de France, which Chris Froome continues to lead.

Tony Martin wins stage; Froome increases Tour lead

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Tony Martin won the individual time trial Wednesday but stage runner-up Chris Froome substantially increased his overall lead at the 100th Tour de France.

Kittel has second stage victory at Tour de France

SAINT-MALO, France, July 9 (UPI) -- Marcel Kittel on Tuesday won his second stage of the 2013 Tour de France but Chris Froome remains the overall leader.

Martin wins Tour de France Stage 9, Froome retains yellow jersey

BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France, July 7 (UPI) -- Ireland's Dan Martin turned in a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes, 3 seconds Sunday, taking the 104-mile ninth stage of the Tour de France.

Chris Froome takes control of Tour de France after Stage 8

AX-LES-THERMES, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Chris Froome grabbed control of the yellow jersey Saturday with an impressive win on the mountainous, 121-mile eighth stage of the 2013 Tour de France.
Froome expects strong Tour de France competition from Spain

Froome expects strong Tour de France competition from Spain

CORSICA, France, June 28 (UPI) -- British cyclist Chris Froome, the favorite to win the 100th Tour de France, said Spanish duo Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez will be tough to beat.

Bradley Wiggins close to Tour de France win

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Alejandro Valverde posted a solid ride for Thursday's stage win but Bradley Wiggins appears to have locked up the overall title of the 2012 Tour de France.

Crash mars Tour de France

METZ, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Peter Sagan won his third stage of the 2012 Tour de France Friday and half the field was caught up in a huge crash 25 kilometers from the finish.

Doping ban sought for cyclist Valverde

ROME, April 1 (UPI) -- Italian police Wednesday said prosecutors were seeking a ban for Spanish cycling star Alejandro Valverde for alleged doping-law violations.

Spanish cyclist Valverde in doping probe

ROME, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Spanish bicyclist Alejandro Valverde faces possible criminal charges in Italy for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, police said Thursday.

Hushovd wins Tour de France Stage 2

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Norwegian cyclist Thor Hushovd sprinted to the finish line Sunday winning Stage 2 of the 2008 Tour de France.

Boonen sprint takes Tour de France stage

CASTRES, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen won a sprint to the tape Friday and collected the victory at Stage 12 of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen retained the overall race lead. Boonen, who also won last Friday's Tour de France Stage 6, completed the 111.5-mile route from Mon

Rasmussen keeps 2 1/2-minute tour lead

MONTPELLIER, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Robert Hunter collected his first Tour de France stage victory Thursday and Michael Rasmussen retained his 2 1/2-minute overall lead.

Vasseur takes Tour de France Stage 10

MARSEILLE, France, July 18 (UPI) -- Cedric Vasseur won Wednesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen finished in group that allowed him to retain his overall lead.

Soler takes stage, Rasmussen leads Tour

BRIANON, France, July 17 (UPI) -- Juan Mauricio Soler won the final Alps stage of the Tour de France Tuesday but Michael Rasmussen pushed his overall race lead to 2 1/2 minutes. Soler finished the nearly 100-mile run from Val-d'Isre to Brianon in four hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds to c

Rasmussen takes control of Tour de France

TIGNES, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is now the overall leader in the Tour de France after winning the eighth stage of the international event Sunday.

The Tour de France begins Saturday

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan is considered the favorite when the Tour de France cycling race starts Saturday in London. The 33-year-old Vinokourov finished third in 2003 and fifth in 2005.

Kessler wins stage at Tour de France

VALKENBURG, Netherlands, July 4 (UPI) -- Matthias Kessler of Germany held off teammate Michael Rogers of Australia Tuesday to capture the third stage of the Tour de France.

McEwen captures 13th stage of Tour

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Australian Robbie McEwen Friday captured the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 107.6 mile stretch from Miramas to Montpiellier.

Armstrong reclaims yellow jersey in Tour

COURCHEVAL, France, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong reclaimed the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey Tuesday after stage 10 from Grenoble to Courcheval.

Weening wins stage; Armstrong still leads

GERADMER, France, July 9 (UPI) -- Pieter Weening of the Netherlands won the eighth stage of the Tour de France Saturday but six-time defending champion Lance Armstrong held on to the overall lea