ARCALIS, Andorra (AP) — Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin won the toughest stage in the Pyrenees of the Tour de France with a solo breakaway in a hailstorm Sunday.
Part of an early breakaway, Dumoulin attacked with 12 kilometers remaining in the 184.5-kilometer (115-mile) leg from Vielha d’Aran, Spain, to Arcalis in the principality of Andorra.
The ninth stage featured five demanding climbs, including an uphill, beyond-category finish in Arcalis.
The main pack featuring Chris Froome in the yellow jersey was several minutes behind.
On Team Giant-Alpecin, Dumoulin won the opening time trial in this year’s Giro d’Italia and wore the overall leader’s pink jersey for six stages before withdrawing midway through the race with saddle sores.
He also won two stages in last year’s Spanish Vuelta.
BERGEN, Norway — French official David Lappartient has beaten British incumbent Brian Cookson in a vote to become president of the International Cycling Union.
Lappartient, the European Cycling Union leader, won the vote 37-8 at the UCI’s annual congress.
Lappartient promised to “regain influence in the Olympic movement, where it has been losing ground.”
Track cycling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be raced in a velodrome 130 kilometers (80 miles) outside the city, though two more medals were added in men’s and women’s Madison events.
Lappartient also promised to push for bans on some medications.
Elected in 2013 when cycling’s image was battered by doping scandals, Cookson told voters: “I’ve delivered change, I’ve restored the UCI’s credibility.”
JERUSALEM — The Giro d’Italia cycling race will open next year’s event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.
Race organizers say details of the exact route of the three-day leg in Israel will be announced next week. Italian and Israeli ministers will make the announcement, along with Spanish great Alberto Contador.
More than 175 of the world’s best cyclists will arrive in Israel for the race, one of cycling’s top three stage races along with the Tour de France and the Spanish Vuelta. For the first time in its 101-year history, the Giro will begin outside Europe.
Viewed by hundreds of millions across the globe, this will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Israel.