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UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

Suffer-fest Tour turns pain dial up with ‘monster stage’

After 1,400 kilometers (nearly 900 miles) of racing, the Tour de France now turns the pain dial up a notch. How does scaling half the height of Everest in one …


Taste of the Tour: Cheese in a box and Brel’s favored wine

The guys on the bicycles can count themselves lucky; at least they get to burn off the calories on the moving feast also known as the Tour de France.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:27 a.m.

Tour set for mountains and Chris Froome keen for separation

Another day, another victory for Marcel Kittel in the Tour de France. Only this time, the German nearly made his move too late and edged Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway …


Local freestyle mountain bike legend Skye Schillhammer’s heart still belongs to Spokane’s riding community

A little less than a decade ago, Skye Schillhammer arrived in Spokane with hopes of completing his college degree. A novice mountain biker at the time, little did he know …


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

With shades of Marco Pantani, Italy’s Fabio Aru shakes up Tour de France

Dancing on his pedals and accelerating up the mountain past Chris Froome and all of the other Tour de France favorites, Fabio Aru’s audacious attack brought back memories of Lance …


Taste of the Tour: Snails and hospital wines in Burgundy

Barrels of beers and wines, and dozens of cheeses, pates and cold cuts on each stage. Sigh. Still, it would be churlish to complain as the Tour ventures deep into …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

Watch out! Wayward beach umbrella a threat on calm Tour day

Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 8:57 a.m.

Court rejects Peter Sagan appeal to be allowed back into Tour

Sport’s highest court has rejected Peter Sagan’s appeal to be allowed back into the Tour de France. The world champion was sent home from the race for elbowing British rival …


Fabio Aru beats Chris Froome in first mountain stage of Tour

Italy’s Fabio Aru has beaten three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to the top of the first mountain climb of this year’s race. Aru powered away from Froome and …


Peter Sagan disqualified, Mark Cavendish withdraws after chaotic Stage 4 at Tour de France

Mark Cavendish has been forced out of the Tour de France after suffering a fractured shoulder blade in a serious crash caused by world champion Peter Sagan, who was disqualified …


Peter Sagan takes third stage at Tour de France

Shaking off an equipment glitch in the furious finishing sprint, Peter Sagan bagged his eighth career Tour de France stage victory on Monday with an impressive display of power and …


Marcel Kittel wins Tour de France stage 2 with late sprint

The thriving current state of German cycling stood out in sharp contrast to the sport’s dirty past during the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.


Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Sky answer their doubters in Tour opener

One stage into the Tour de France was all it took for Chris Froome and his Team Sky to answer all the pre-race talk about how they are not as …


Taste of the Tour: Noodles and ‘Old Beer’ in Duesseldorf

Thought food in Germany was all meat, sausage and potatoes? Think again. The start point of the Tour de France, Duesseldorf, has the dishes you would expect. But it also …


After doping age, Tour start in Germany is a ‘Grand Return’

The Tour de France calls its start the “Grand Depart.” This year it feels more like the “Grand Return.” The Tour opens this weekend with two stages in Duesseldorf. It’s …


At Tour de France, doping is always part of the story

Time and cycling’s sustained anti-doping efforts have repaired some of the damage done to the Tour de France by the Lance Armstrong era of widespread blood doping. But the positive …


July a hot month for bicycling events

June is a tough act to follow for organizers of bicycling events in the Northwest, while July delivers some of the most popular rides of the year – so popular, …


John Wayne rail-trail bike trip delightfully uncrowded

While the Eastern Washington portion of a cross-state rail trail continues to be snubbed for funding by the Washington Legislature, a few folks continue to explore this world-class route in …


Tom Dumoulin wins dramatic 100th Giro d’Italia

Tom Dumoulin won the 100th Giro d’Italia in dramatic fashion Sunday, reclaiming the overall lead in a final-stage individual time trial.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead

Tejay van Garderen claimed his first Grand Tour victory on the tough 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on Thursday. Van Garderen, of …


Spring weather brings on bicycling events

Bicycling events are cranking up in a big way this week. The Spokane Bicycle Club is inviting the public on free weekday and weekend rides to become familiar with enjoyable …


Tom Dumoulin keeps Giro lead despite nature break in 16th stage

BORMIO, Italy – Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead in the Giro d’Italia was drastically reduced in the race’s toughest stage on Tuesday after the Dutchman stopped to answer the call of …


Bob Jungels wins 15th stage of Giro d’Italia

Bob Jungels took a sprint ahead of several overall favorites to win the crash-filled 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, while Tom Dumoulin had six seconds shaved off …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Fernando Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia

Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage victory at the Giro d’Italia in his Grand Tour debut. Gaviria came from the back and around the right side of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

Fernando Gaviria claims his 3rd Giro stage win, Tom Dumoulin keeps lead

Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the longest stage of the Giro d’Italia to claim his third victory of the race. Gaviria edged out Italian rival …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

Dumoulin dominates ‘wine trial’ to take Giro d’Italia lead

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin has dominated an individual time trial through Umbria’s winemaking region to take the pink jersey after the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin, who also …


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

Gorka Izaguirre wins stage, Bob Jungels keeps Giro lead despite crash

Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profits from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia while Bob Jungels holds on to …


Defending champ Megan Guarnier wins Tour of California opener

Defending champion Megan Guarnier won the opening stage of the women’s Tour of California, pulling away from a reduced bunch on the final uphill climb to the finish. Boels-Dolmans teammate …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

Silvan Dillier wins stage 6 of the Giro, Bob Jungels retains lead

Silvan Dillier won from an early breakaway to take the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday while Bob Jungels retained the overall lead. Dillier opened up his sprint …


Victorious Coryn Rivera heads home for Tour of California

Coryn Rivera has already won twice on the Women’s WorldTour. Now, the young rider for Team Sunweb will have a chance to show off in front of her home fans …