SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France — Chris Froome crashed shortly before the end of the Tour de France’s 19th stage on Friday before continuing with a teammate’s bike to keep the race leader’s yellow jersey.
With that jersey torn, cuts and bruises on his back and blood on his right elbow, Froome looked uncomfortable on Thomas’ bike. He still managed to finish only 36 seconds behind Romain Bardet, who posted the first French victory at this year’s Tour after a solo breakaway.
Bardet attacked in a descent moments before Froome slipped on road paint and hit the ground. The two-time champion was able to continue racing after Geraint Thomas gave him his bike.
The 146-kilometer (91-mile) ride featured four ascents in the Alps and was marred by several crashes on roads made slippery by rain.
AUSTIN, Texas — Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen.
The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he’d popped the question and posted a picture of the two of them on a boat on Lake Austin.
Armstrong was previously married to the former Kristin Richard, with whom he has three children. He also was previously engaged to singer Sheryl Crow before his relationship with Hansen.
Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005 but those titles were later stripped away after revelations of performance-enhancing drug use.
ORTISEI, Italy — 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 the United States, came round the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the uphill finish of the 137-kilometer (85-mile) leg from Moeana to Ortisei.
The peloton rode five categorized climbs through the Dolomites.
Thibaut Pinot was third, eight seconds behind the front two.
Dumoulin remained 31 seconds ahead of 2014 champion Nairo Quintana, with two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali third, 1:12 behind.
The 100th Giro ends in Milan on Sunday.