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Vertical climb looming for cyclists

Tour de France

A pack surrounding Christopher Froome of Britain, who currently holds the overall leader’s yellow jersey, crosses the finish line of the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday in Lyon, France, after racing over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles).

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LYON, France — Now, the Tour de France goes sharply uphill, much more sharply than last year. More likely than not, the champion who will be crowned next Sunday in Paris will be the rider who copes best with this last week of vertical torture.
The pain starts today on the horrid climb of Mont Ventoux. The barren white mountain rises from the sunbaked plains of Provence. The 181 brave souls who have survived the 2,325 kilometers (1,444 miles) ridden so far, out of 198 who started two weeks ago, will see the climb coming long before they hit ...

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