Late climbs in Tour de France favor Chris Froome, not defending champ Vincenzo Nibali

...week, seeing as he already has a Grand Tour in his legs," Froome said.Ending with four consecutive days of climbing in the Alps, including the penultimate stage up the famed L'Alpe d'Huez, it is a Tour very much for climbers. Hence why Froome's...

Tour de France begins Saturday in Netherlands with tough course

...days in the Pyrenees, and four in the Alps, with a climax at the Alpe d'Huez...damage in the second half of the Tour in the Alps and the Pyrenees. But he comes in having...distinguished himself with a win in the French Alps at the Dauphine, on the same route the...

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...

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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2 US ski team prospects die in avalanche

...prospects from the U.S. Ski Team were killed in an avalanche Monday while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps.The team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died near the Rettenbach glacier in the mountains over Soelden...

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...

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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