Alps last major obstacle for Tour de France leader Chris Froome

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France - One mountain range completed, one more to go.Only the Alps loom as the last major obstacle between Chris Froome and a second Tour de France victory in Paris.His rivals tried and failed...

Beware the Alps - obstacle ahead for Lance Armstrong

...France -- There's a giant obstacle - the Alps - in Lance Armstrong's road to victory...physically and mentally for three days in the Alps. They include what promises to be an epic...should be easy prey for Armstrong in the Alps. Armstrong, who was 39th, and Voeckler...

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Armstrong aces Alps' time trials

...lead in the Tour de France by winning a time trial high in the Alps. The five-time champion finished the 9.6-mile climb through...which he reclaimed by winning Tuesday's first stage in the Alps, Armstrong was relentless. Despite the steep climb, he rode...

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Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation

LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI flew to the Italian Alps on Monday for a summer vacation in the same spot favored by his predecessor, John Paul II. After landing in the northern Italian...

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Armstrong to get Tour de France warmup in French Alps

PARIS -- Lance Armstrong will defend his title at the Criterium du Dauphine Libere race in the French Alps in June as he prepares for a bid at a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title. The seven-stage race begins June 8...

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Co-pilot deliberately crashed plane into Alps, authorities say

...co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday...

Armstrong prepares for tough climb in Alps

...Lance Armstrong arrived at the foot of the Alps, where he began to take command in winning...Armstrong will attempt to conquer the French Alps and the Pyrenees. The grueling stretches...to this town at the base of the French Alps. Etxebarria and McGee broke from the main...

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Tour de France shakeout looming in Alps

...the top Tour de France contenders with the race heading to the Alps for its first serious climbing.The seven-time Tour champion...he'll need to excel in the mountains. The stages in the Alps on Sunday and Tuesday are important, but four leg-straining...

Formula One great Michael Schumacher still in 'critical state' after skiing accident in Alps

...Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps.Schumacher has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve...The hospital, in a city that is the gateway to the French Alps, sees a large number of skiing accidents every year.Schumacher...

Heli-skiing in the Italian Alps and the holy grail of pizza shops

...menacingly close stone cliff. Suddenly, the rock face dropped away, and the chopper perched lightly on a snowy peak in the Italian Alps. "Go!" the guide Gianni screamed over the din, and our dazed group of six flopped out the door into white, blinding wind...

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