Sport: AP PHOTOS: Tour de France cyclists pass by in a flash

Tour de France Femmes Is a Women’s Sports Triumph Long in the Making

  Tour de France Femmes Is a Women’s Sports Triumph Long in the Making How the women of cycling challenged the sport's long, male-dominated history to land a long-overdue equalizer: the first official women's Tour de France stage race in 33 years. Coryn Labecki credits childhood summer nights staying up late in California watching the Tour de France on television with teaching her how to race.“I’d watch the climbers and then the sprinters, and then the windier days, and the breakaway days … and I think that’s where I actually learned a lot about what a long stage race would be like.”Now a professional rider for Dutch team Jumbo-Visma, Labecki was like many Americans in that way.

PARIS (AP) — For most of those living along the route of the 109th edition of the Tour de France, the race is usually experienced from the side of the road.

FILE - A woman cheers the riders, as she stands at her window, during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 171.5 kilometers (106.6 miles) with start in Dunkerque and finish in Calais, France, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports FILE - A woman cheers the riders, as she stands at her window, during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 171.5 kilometers (106.6 miles) with start in Dunkerque and finish in Calais, France, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File) FILE - Tour de France souvenirs and gifts form the publicity caravan are seen on a table in a house in the village of Siant-Pe-de-Bigorre during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 143.5 kilometers (89.2 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Hautacam, France, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports FILE - Tour de France souvenirs and gifts form the publicity caravan are seen on a table in a house in the village of Siant-Pe-de-Bigorre during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 143.5 kilometers (89.2 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Hautacam, France, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Often quiet villages and sleepy mountain towns are transformed into a festival of cycling fans sporting costumes and cheering every passing vehicle until the cyclists arrive.

Jonas Vingegaard second in time trial, to ride into Paris as Tour de France champion

  Jonas Vingegaard second in time trial, to ride into Paris as Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark clinched his first Tour de France title by taking second in Saturday's time trial before Sunday's ceremonial ride into Paris.“It’s hard for me to put words on it,” he said. “It’s both a relief, and I’m just so happy and proud.

FILE - Spectators watch as the pack with Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, bottom right, during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (119.9 miles) with start in Aigle, Switzerland and finish in Chatel les Portes du Soleil, France, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports FILE - Spectators watch as the pack with Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, bottom right, during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (119.9 miles) with start in Aigle, Switzerland and finish in Chatel les Portes du Soleil, France, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

The Associated Press captured the quotidian amid the spectacle, how the race was experienced from inside the quiet spaces and homes that became the setting for the world’s most prestigious bicycle race.

FILE - Spectators watch the riders pass in the town of Valentine during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 130 kilometers (80.8 miles) with start in Saint-Gaudens and finish in Peyragudes, France, Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File): Tour de France From Home © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Tour de France From Home

Dishes sit unwashed as the yellow jersey passes by the window, a mother and daughter film the peloton in the distance from their garden, a television beams the race into an empty living room.

Tadej Pogacar to skip Spanish Vuelta, focus on 1-day races

  Tadej Pogacar to skip Spanish Vuelta, focus on 1-day races BRUSSELS (AP) — Two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar won't compete at the Spanish Vuelta next month and will instead be focusing on one-day races until the end of the season, his team said Tuesday. Pogacar, who was runner-up to Jonas Vingegaard at the Tour de France last week, was expected to compete at the Spanish race starting Aug. 19. He will travel to Spain next week to take part in a different race, the San Sebastian Classic in the Basque Country. The UAE-Emirates team said the 23-year-old rider from Slovenia will then take some time off and make his return to competition on Aug. 28 at the Grand Prix Plouay in France.

FILE - The pack with Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through the village of Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 143.5 kilometers (89.2 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Hautacam, France, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports FILE - The pack with Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through the village of Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 143.5 kilometers (89.2 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Hautacam, France, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Each scene is a reminder of how the rolling spectacle transforms a home for just a moment before leaving it as it was.

FILE - A girl looks at her mobile phone as other watch the riders on TV in a bar during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 202.5 kilometers (125.5 miles) with start in Rodez and finish in Carcassonne, France, Sunday, July 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File): Tour de France From Home © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Tour de France From Home

This is the peculiar magic of the Tour de France; an event that spans an entire country and lasts a whole month, but only passes by any given point in mere seconds.

FILE - Live TV coverage showing Belgium's Wout Van Aert, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, riding breakaway, is reflected in a mirror during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 202.5 kilometers (125.5 miles) with start in Rodez and finish in Carcassonne, France, Sunday, July 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File): Tour de France From Home © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Tour de France From Home

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FILE - Riders in the breakaway are seen from the cabin of a truck during the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 178.5 kilometers (111 miles) with start in Carcassonne and finish in Foix, France, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File): Tour de France From Home © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Tour de France From Home

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Flooding in central Appalachia kills at least 8 in Kentucky

  Flooding in central Appalachia kills at least 8 in Kentucky JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Krystal Holbrook’s family started moving possessions to higher ground long before dawn, racing to save them from the rapidly rising floodwaters that were menacing southeastern Kentucky. Her family scurried in the dark to move vehicles, campers, trailers and equipment. But as the water kept rising Thursday — leaving at least eight people dead and hundreds without homes in Kentucky -- they began to worry that they might run out of higher ground.“We felt we had most of it moved out of the way,” Holbrook said. “But right now, we’re still moving vehicles even to higher ground. Higher ground is getting a little bit difficult.

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