• Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey crosses the finish line to win the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) with start in Sallanches and finish in Megeve, France, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Gougeard leads early in Tour de France mountain time trial

    MEGEVE, France (AP) — Chris Froome won a mountain time trial and opened up a seemingly insurmountable lead of nearly four minutes over his closest challenger in the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.

  • The pack with Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through a hairpin turn during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.3 miles) with start in Bern and finish in Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Taste of the Tour: Raclette and apricots in the Valais

    FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (AP) — A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 17 of the Tour de France on Wednesday:

  • Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara waits for the start of the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.3 miles) with start in Bern and finish in Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Cancellara withdraws from final Tour to focus on Olympics

    FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (AP) — Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour de France to focus on his preparations for next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Russia's Ilnur Zakarin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.3 miles) with start in Bern and finish in Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Zakarin won’t discuss Russian doping after Tour win

    FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (AP) — Ilnur Zakarin hardly had enough energy to zip up his jersey and celebrate upon winning one of the most grueling stages of the Tour de France.

  • Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, Australia's Richie Porte, in red, and Netherlands' Bauke Mollema, right, break away from Colombia's Nairo Quintana, rear, during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.3 miles) with start in Bern and finish in Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Zakarin wins grueling Alpine stage, Froome extends Tour lead

    FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (AP) — Nairo Quintana was expected to celebrate Colombia’s national holiday with a major offensive in the Alps that would see him close in on Tour de France leader Chris Froome.

  • The pack rides as it crosses the "Bundesplatz"  square with the Swiss federal parliament building in the background during the  seventeenth stage of the  Tour de France cycling race over 184km between Bern and Finhaut-Emosson in Bern, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Manuel Lopez/Keystone via AP)

    Tour de France riders set off for grueling Alpine stage

    FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (AP) — Tour de France riders are back in the mountains for the first of four Alpine stages, a grueling 184.5-kilometer (114.6-mile) ride to the artificial lake of Finhaut-Emosson.

  • Stage winner Britain's Mark Cavendish celebrates on the podium after the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5 kilometers (129.2 miles) with start in Montelimar and finish in Villars-les-Dombes, France, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Cavendish pulls out of Tour de France

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — British sprinter Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the Tour de France in a bid to improve his medal chances at next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Current leader Chris Froome from Britain poses for a picture in front of the swiss alps at the shore of lake Thun on the rest day before the  seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 209km between Bern and Finhaut in Switzerland, in Hilterfingen,Switzerland  Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (Manuel Lopez/Keystone via AP)

    Now or never for Quintana at Tour de France

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — As the Tour de France heads toward the Alps, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde have only a few opportunities left to try and derail Chris Froome’s bid for a third title in four years.

  • Netherlands' Bauke Mollema of the Trek Segafredo cycling team, who ranks second overall, listens to a question during a press conference in the U.S. embassy on the second rest day of the Tour de France cycling race in Bern, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    ‘It will be a big war’: Mollema challenging Froome at Tour

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Bauke Mollema has been in this position before: Second in the Tour de France on the second and final rest day.