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TALENCE, France | Mayer sets decathlon world record with 9,126 points

TALENCE, France — Frenchman Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points at the Decastar event in Talence on Sunday. The previous record was owned by American athlete Ashton Eaton. Eaton set a 9,045 points record at the 2015 world championships in Beijing. By Associated Press

LILLE, France | Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain

LILLE, France — Benoit Paire overcame nerves to win on his Davis Cup debut and Lucas Pouille won a five-set battle as the pair gave defending champion France a 2-0 lead over Spain in the semifinals on Friday. Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy … Continue reading LILLE, France | Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain

MADRID | France and Spain want US action on steel, aluminum tariffs

MADRID  — The leaders of France and Spain said they welcomed a trade truce between the United States and Europe called this week, but demanded action Thursday from their ally across the Atlantic to reduce tariffs and rejected negotiating a new trade agreement with the U.S. “A good trade dialogue can only be based on … Continue reading MADRID | France and Spain want US action on steel, aluminum tariffs

PAU, France | Thomas looks to cement Tour lead in final mountain leg

PAU, France  — Arnaud Demare was rewarded Thursday for hauling his muscular frame over the Alps and through the Pyrenees. Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, is preparing to cement his hold on the yellow jersey in Friday’s final mountain test of the Tour de France. After many of his competitors were unable to get through the mountains, … Continue reading PAU, France | Thomas looks to cement Tour lead in final mountain leg

CARCASSONNE, France | Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse of Sky

CARCASSONNE, France — Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford blames the French cycling culture for fans abusing his Tour de France leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. Spectators have been taunting four-time champion Froome since he was cleared of doping just before the race started, while Thomas has been whistled and booed at for being Froome’s … Continue reading CARCASSONNE, France | Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse of Sky

CARCASSONNE, France | Sky rider Moscon expelled from Tour for hitting opponent

CARCASSONNE, France  — Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race. The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of Team Fortuneo while both were competing during Stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne. Sky team principal … Continue reading CARCASSONNE, France | Sky rider Moscon expelled from Tour for hitting opponent

CARCASSONNE, France | Thomas keeps lead before Tour’s decisive week in Pyrenees

CARCASSONNE, France — With the Pyrenees looming, Geraint Thomas had his last calm ride wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. The Welshman’s rivals for cycling’s most prestigious prize, which include teammate Chris Froome in second place, mostly held back over the hilly Stage 15 with a decisive final week of … Continue reading CARCASSONNE, France | Thomas keeps lead before Tour’s decisive week in Pyrenees

VALENCE, France | Sagan takes third win at Tour, Thomas keeps lead on Stage 13

VALENCE, France  — After most of the other top sprinters at the Tour de France succumbed in the Alps, Peter Sagan was in prime position to dominate Friday’s flat finish. Cycling’s world champion did not disappoint, timing his move to reach maximum speed as he swung past two challengers to claim Stage 13 by a … Continue reading VALENCE, France | Sagan takes third win at Tour, Thomas keeps lead on Stage 13