Top cyclist Primoz Roglic kicks off his first race of the season in an eight-day mini-tour event known as Paris-Nice.
Two people from team Arkea-Samsic taken into custody in Marseille and a probe was targeting a "small part of the team" and that those in custody were part of the "close entourage of the main rider", without naming him.
Global coronavirus pandemic has killed over 899,000 people and infected more than 27.5 million. Here are coronavirus-related developments for September 8:
Originally slated for June, stage one of the three-week epic over the peaks and plains of France rolled out of Nice.
The 2020 edition of the Tour de France kicks off in Nice on August 29 and runs to September 20, after it was postponed from the original dates due to the pandemic.
Twenty-year-old Egan Bernal is set to become the Tour's youngest winner since Francois Faber in 1909, as well as the first Colombian to win cycling's greatest prize.
Tour de France cyclists will face temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius over the next three days.
Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is officially crowned the 2018 Tour de France champion, the first Welshman to win the prestigious race on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The 19th stage was won by Slovenian Primoz Roglic as defending champion Chris Froome slipped down to fourth.
Cycling teams and French media said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the face of the riders.
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome took an increased dosage of salbutamol after experiencing "acute asthma symptoms" during the final week of Spain's Vuelta a España in September, according to his Team Sky.
Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is one of six riders to have won all three Grand Tours in a 14-year professional career marred by a doping ban.
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