2016 Tour de France route

2016 Tour de France route stage by stage

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PARIS (AP) — A look at the 21 stages of the 2016 Tour de France from July 2-24:


July 2 — First stage: Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach, 188 kilometers (117 miles)

July 3 — Second stage: Saint-Lo to Cherbourg, 182 (113)

July 4 — Third stage: Granville to Angers, 222 (138)

July 5 — Fourth stage: Saumur to Limoges, 232 (144)

July 6 — Fifth stage: Limoges to Le Lioran, 216 (134)

July 7 — Sixth stage: Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban, 187 (116)

July 8 — Seventh stage: L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162 (100)

July 9 — Eighth stage: Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, 183 (114)

July 10 — Ninth stage: Vielha Val d’Aran, Spain, to Andorre Arcalis, Andorra, 184 (114)

July 11 — Rest day

July 12 — 10th stage: Escaldes-Engordany to Revel, 198 (123)

July 13 — 11th stage: Carcassonne to Montpellier, 164 (102)

July 14 — 12th stage: Montpellier to Mont Ventoux, 185 (115)

July 15 — 13th stage: Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, time trial, 37 (23)

July 16 — 14th stage: Montelimar to Villars-Les-Dombes, 208 (129)

July 17 — 15th stage: Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, 159 (99)

July 18 — 16th stage: Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern, Switzerland, 206 (128)

July 19 — Rest day

July 20 — 17th stage: Bern, Switzerland, to Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, 184 (114)

July 21 — 18th stage: Sallanches to Megeve, time trial, 17 (11)

July 22 — 19th stage: Albertville to Saint-Gervais, 146 (91)

July 23 — 20th stage: Megeve to Morzine, 146 (91)

July 24 — 21st stage: Chantilly to Paris, 113 (70)


Total: 3,519 kilometers (2,186 miles)

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U.S. boblsedders remembering Steve Holcomb

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The memories are impossible to ignore. Justin Olsen sees him in the start house. Elana Meyers Taylor hears him on her track walks. Mentions of his name bring some members of the team to tears, and others still can’t fully open up about how difficult moving on has been.

NBCOlymipcs.com: 2018 U.S. Olympic bobsled team

It’s been nine months since Steven Holcomb died.

USA Bobsled is not over it, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Holcomb was the best bobsledder in U.S. history, and he was supposed to be at these PyeongChang Olympics for what likely would have been the final races of his career. Instead, the Americans will head to the start house at the Alpensia Sliding Center on Sunday for the first bobsled races of these games and face the nearly impossible task of doing as well as he would have done.

This season has been one struggle after another for the Americans. Nerves have been frayed all year. Results have been far from what the U.S. wanted or envisioned. Getting a third men’s sled to PyeongChang was a challenge until the final possible moment, something that certainly would not have been the case if Holcomb was still driving.

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Mikaela Shiffrin opens up on slalom disappointment

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The day after an winning an Olympic gold in the women’s the giant slalom, Shiffrin was widely expected to defend her gold medal in the slalom.

Shiffrin, failed to do so, finishing in fourth position. In what she considered to be her favorite event, the American came up short by just eight one-hundredths of a second of winning the bronze. The American even admitted to vomiting before she took to the course. 

The American took to Twitter earlier this morning giving fans more detail about the race that’s been lingering on her mind, and the nerves that overcame her.

Shiffrin continues to detail in the tweets below that, though not the result she wanted, she was proud of herself for showcasing the passion and love that she has for the sport and for the Olympic Games.

An athlete who is held to the highest of standards, and when one Olympic gold medal might feel like a minute failure from someone who has been expected to dominated these Olympic Games, Shiffrin expressed the gratitude she feels to be a part of the 2018 Olympics and to compete alongside athletes, many of whom will walk away without any medal whatsoever.

Shiffrin continued:

Shiffrin did not participate in the super-G, which was astonishingly won by Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka. The dual-athlete wore Shiffrin’s skis en route to her own Olympic memory.

The American is expected to be competing next in the women’s downhill, where qualification begins on Feb. 21. Lindsey Vonn is also expected to be competing in the downhill.