Tour de France riders set to bake in heatwave

With the action on the Tour de France already red hot, Geraint Thomas and his challengers for ultimate victory are bracing for a head-on collision with a heatwave bearing temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and above over the next three days. That coincides with three mountain stages in the Alps that test top riders at the best of times but will probe the outer limits of endurance in a heatwave. Cycling fans worldwide and especially in France are transfixed by the 21-day Tour this year with two Frenchman in the victory frame ahead of Sunday's grandstand finish along the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Julian Alaphilippe holds the leader's yellow jersey and his compa...

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