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The Latest: Tour de France riders off on last big stage

The Latest: Heading toward fabled Alpe d'Huez, Tour de France riders set off on last big stage

The Latest: Tour de France riders off on last big stage

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) -- The Latest from the Tour de France (all times local):

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1 p.m.

They're off.

The Tour de France pack is on the last big stage of this year's race, with Britain's Chris Froome hoping to rebuff any attacks so he can take home the yellow jersey.

While a few breakaway riders jumped out early, the peloton took a leisurely pace with two gargantuan climbs ahead: The Croix de Fer pass and the fabled Alpe d'Huez at the end of a 110.5 kilometer (68.6 mile) ride from Modane Valfrejus.

After three weeks of leg pain, heat, rain and intermittent abuse from roadside spectators, Froome and his main rivals are eager to reach the finish in Paris on Sunday. Nairo Quintana is the only rider threatening Froome's hopes of sipping Champagne on the Champs-Elysees: The Colombian is 2 minutes, 38 seconds behind in second place.


Updated : 2021-09-24 11:38 GMT+08:00