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John Leicester
A bit of this, a bit of that, always for The Associated Press. France-based, with itchy feet. Jack of all news trades, possibly mastering some. Words and images
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AP Europe 20h
Amid the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Resistance hid in tunnels and used false identities. Their role in the liberation of the French capital 75 years ago is being celebrated this weekend
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John Leicester Jul 29
Racing aside, ’s bravery in letting cameras film his despair helped make this special. Cycling is, IMO, a richer experience than other sports (football) because riders are open, without press handlers/agents always lurking to hide their humanity/weaknesses
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AP Sports Jul 29
Even with the rise of new champion Egan Bernal, there could still be a red-white-and-blue future for cycling’s signature race. and on why the French have good reason to be optimistic to end France’s 34-year drought.
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The Associated Press Jul 28
On Paris’ Champs-Elysees, the Colombian party for de France winner was in full swing even before he rode in to collect his title. ’s full coverage of the first victory for a South American is here:
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John Leicester Jul 28
On the Champs-Elysees, the Colombian party for de France winner is already in full swing.
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AP Sports Jul 28
How the race was won: 5 key stages of fabulous drama on the Tour de France. by
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John Leicester Jul 28
Suffice to say that Bernal is the youngest post-WWII winner. One thing you learn about covering a 116-year-old race is that the facts sometimes get muddled in the fog of time
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John Leicester Jul 28
says Bernal is the 3rd youngest winner. But the Tour's long-time historian Jacques Augendre, in a 2011 history of the race, said Romain Maes was born in Aug. 10, 1913, which would have made him 21 when he won in 1935 and would make Bernal the 4th youngest champion
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John Leicester Jul 28
Throughout de France, and I used the race as an excuse to invite ourselves into people's lives along the route, filming as we went, as they told us about wolves, wine, cheese, the perils of owning a chateau and more. Enjoy:
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AP Sports Jul 28
After Tour hit single, 2018 champ Thomas has good B-side too. by
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AP Sports Jul 27
Egan Bernal is one ride away from winning the Tour de France. Barring something unusual, he will become the first Colombian to win cycling’s biggest race. At 22, he would be the youngest post-World War II winner. by and
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AP Sports Jul 27
For Julian Alaphilippe, Tour de France was too long, too high. But he held the lead for days, inspiring his fellow French. by
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AP Sports Jul 26
When members of the cheese-making Bricard family say they’re working to keep wolves from the door, they mean it literally. They are high in the Alps, not far from the Tour de France route, with best friends of the 4-legged variety. By >>
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John Leicester Jul 26
VIDEO: Ride the punishing Alpine climb that awaits riders at the end of today's Stage 19 of de France. Crank the sound up loud. Rock on.
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John Leicester Jul 25
good fact
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AP Sports Jul 25
“I did a crazy descent, where I took risks. I wanted to save my jersey,” French rider Julian Alaphilippe said after retaining the yellow jersey in the first of three Alpine stages at de France. Read the harrowing tale by
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AP Sports Jul 24
Overlooking the route of de France, a cheese-making husband-wife team cultivate bacteria with as much love as they rear their milk-providing goats. on a couple who gave up the good life for one even better >>
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John Leicester Jul 24
At de France, defending champ says he's looking forward to three climactic days in the Alps and foresees a torrid time for France's sweetheart yellow jersey
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The Cycling Podcast Jul 24
Replying to @johnleicester
In this episode we hear ’s moving family story. You can read the story here:
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AP Sports Jul 23
The sinuous route of de France inevitably passes the sites of tragedies for someone, somewhere. On Stage 16, that someone was the great-grandfather of our , who writes why the Tour is more than just a bike race.
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