• 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:

  • 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.