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MORZINE, France -- After two crashes, a bloodied knee and even a run up legendary Mont Ventoux, a relieved Chris Froome can cruise into Paris on Sunday and secure his third Tour de France title in four years. Cheap Saucony Shoes Outlet .Froome kept his lead intact during the final day of climbing -- and descending -- in the Alps on Saturday and heads to the mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees with a comfortable advantage of 4 minutes, 5 seconds over Romain Bardet of France.It feels like its been a roller coaster, Froome said. Its just been an amazing race where Ive really taken on the race.The highlights for Froome were a daring downhill attack and stage victory in the eighth leg and getting into a late breakaway amid strong crosswinds in Stage 11.You just cant script moments like that, Froome said. Its bike racing at its best. ... I really felt like a kid again.Froome was also slowed by a motor bike crash on Ventoux, prompting him to run up the road when he saw that his bike was damaged. He then fell hard on a slippery descent in Stage 19 on Friday.Wearing bandages on his right knee and elbow for Saturdays stage, Froome was never in trouble as his top lieutenants at Team Sky escorted him up and down each of the days four climbs.Its been a really intense race. ... It was incredible to cross the last finish line with my teammates, Froome said. They were with me for the entire Tour.On the final descent, which had a vertical drop of more than 700 meters (2,300 feet), Froome was extremely careful but none of his main rivals attacked.Froome, the Kenyan-born British rider who won the Tour in 2013 and 2015, then eased up just before the line and lost a few seconds to his main rivals. He let out a thin smile when he reached the finish as his Sky teammates cheered him on.There was no surprise because Chris Froome won. But for me it was not the same as in previous years, Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. When he attacked in the Peyrsourde descent it was such a surprise. And he did it again when he went with (Peter) Sagan in Montpellier. I liked it very much. Chris Froome was very good, his opponents less good.Froome is set to become the first rider to defend the Tour title since Miguel Indurain won the last of his five straight titles in 1995. Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven consecutive titles for doping.Two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana of Colombia is third, 4:21 behind.I still need to get the yellow jersey to Paris tomorrow but the race is done and dusted, Froome said.Spanish rider Jon Izagirre won the rainy penultimate stage by attacking on the slippery descent from the Col de Joux Plane into Morzine.Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia finished second, 19 seconds behind Izagirre, while 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali crossed third, 42 seconds back. All three riders were part of an early breakaway.Izagirre had enough time to clap his hands together in celebration as he crossed the line and secured his first career stage win in the Tour, having also won a stage in the 2012 Giro dItalia.Izagirre was in front on the descent when Pantano made a slight error and had to put his left foot to the ground to regain control, which also slowed Nibali.Izagirre was clocked at 85 kph (53 mph) on the descent.I think my parents must have been scared watching at home, he said. I wanted to drop Nibali because I was worried about him in a sprint. ... Beating Nibali in a downhill is something that counts in a career.Until this stage, Izagirre had been a support rider for Movistar teammate Quintana, a two-time Tour runner-up who had designs on winning this Tour.We came here with the yellow dream but Froome was the strongest, Izagirre said. At the end of the day, were happy with a spot on the podium, a stage win and the teams classification victory.A minute of silence was held at the start of the stage to mourn the nine victims of Fridays shooting in Munich. Froome and the other leaders of the Tour were joined by German national champion Andre Greipel at the front of the peloton as riders removed their helmets and stood silently.Froome will likely be sipping Champagne in Sundays 113-kilometer (70-mile) leg from Chantilly to Paris, which should be decided in a mass sprint.---AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin contributed to this report.---Andrew Dampf on Twitter: Wholesale Saucony Shoes . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. Cheap Saucony Running Shoes . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Elena Delle Donne made 12 of 20 shots and scored 35 points to help the Chicago Sky beat the San Antonio Stars 97-73 on Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.Chicago was ahead 73-63 after three quarters and Delle Donne scored 10 of the Skys first 11 points of the fourth for an 84-67 lead.Delle Donne made 3 of 4 3-pointers, 8 of 9 free throws and also had six rebounds. She has scored at least 23 points in all three games against San Antonio this season.Tamera Young, Imani Boyette aand Cappie Pondexter each scored 10 points for Chicago (15-13), which matched its longest winning streak of the season. Wholesale Saucony Online. The Sky had 25 assists on 34 made field goals and outrebounded the Stars 36-25.Monique Currie scored 20 points, hitting all 10 of her free throws, and Moriah Jefferson added 18 points for San Antonio (6-22). The Stars were just 2 of 15 from distance. ' ' ' 

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