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Last week of vertical torture will decide Tour

Updated: July 13, 2013, 4:07 PM ET
Associated Press

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 on Sunday 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 ...

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