Seventh heaven: Furious stage kick-starts Tour de France
(Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP)LAVAUR The most furious day of racing so far at the Tour de France produced multiple winners Friday. Among them were Alexander Kristoff, the winner of Stage 1, and Caleb Ewan, who won Stage 3. In a mid-stage sprint and again later at the finish, Sagan picked up sufficient points to wrest back the jersey from Bennett. He also won Stage 5. ___More Tour de France coverage: https://apnews.com/TourdeFrance and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Ewan slaloms to sprint win; Alaphilippe leads Tour de France
Australia's Caleb Ewan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 198 kilometers (123 miles), with start in Nice and finish in Sisteron, southern France, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Benoit Tessier, Pool via AP)SISTERON Australian rider Caleb Ewan slalomed through the bunch to win a sprint finish and claim the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday. Julian Alaphilippe held onto the yellow jersey that he claimed with a dramatic stage victory a day earlier. With about 100 meters to go, Ewan trailed five other riders before slinging himself through a narrow slice of road near the advertising barriers, then darted to the left to overcome Sam Bennett and claim his fourth career stage win in the Tour. Ewan, who rides for the Lotto-Soudal team, won three stages last year, including the coveted final leg on the Champs-lyses.
Colombia's Egan Bernal crowned Tour de France champion
(Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)PARIS (CNN) - Egan Bernal was crowned as the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest in more than a century after safely negotiating the 21st and final stage into Paris Sunday. "This is the Tour, this is the Tour, there is nothing more important than the Tour de France and I want to take this jersey back to Colombia," Bernal said after completing the grueling 3,409 km three-week marathon in triumph. It was only his second Grand Tour finish, having taken 15th, supporting Thomas and Froome, in last year's Tour de France. "It was a Tour de France of emotions," said race director Christian Prudhomme, describing it as the best since he took charge in 2007. "If you think he's only 22, Bernal could go on to win more Tours de France than any of us," he reflected.