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July 16, 2014

Tour de France 101st edition

Itís been a race of survival in this year's tour at the halfway point. Two of the race favorites; Christopher Froome, last year's winner, and former winner Alberto Contador have both crashed out. Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the yellow jersey, is the overall leader through 11 stages of the race that now heads towards the high mountains and concludes in Paris on July 27. --Lloyd Young (38 photos total)

Giant Shimano procycling team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates after winning the 1st stage of the 101st edition of the 2014 Tour de France cycling race between Leeds and Harrogate, Britain, July 5. (Nicolas Bouvy/EPA)

A man with the Tour logo painted on his back watches the passing cyclists during the 3rd stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Cambridge and London, Britain, on July 7. (Bas Czerwinski/EPA) #

The pack rides during the 170 km ninth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 13 between Gerardmer and Mulhouse, eastern France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #

Omega Pharma Quick Step procycling team rider Matteo Trentin (right) of Italy reacts with team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland after winning the 7th stage of the race covering 234.5 km from Epernay to Nancy, in France, on July 11. (Nicolas Bouvy/EPA) #

A view of the pack during the 201 km second stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6 between York and Sheffield, northern England. (Christophe Ena/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cofidis procycling team rider Cyril Lemoine of France crosses the line following 5th stage of the 101st Tour de France cycling race between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, in France, on July 9. (Kim Ludbrook/EPA) #

A cyclist rides during the 152,5 km fifth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 9 between Ypres, northwestern Belgium, and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in Wallers northern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

Portugal's Tiago Machado asks for assistance as he stands along the road after a fall during the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #

Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky receives medical attention after being involved in a crash early in the race during stage four of the 2014 Tour de France from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille on July 8 in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Britain's Christopher Froome gets into his team car as he abandons the race following a third consecutive crash in two days during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France, on July 9. The stage initially contained nine sectors of cobblestone roads dreaded by the majority of the riders in the pack especially under wet conditions, the organization decided to cancel two of the nine stretches because of the weather. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Russia's Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team manager Bjarne Riis pushes Spain's Alberto Contador as he rides after a fall during the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #

Spain's Alberto Contador covers his face as he abandons the race after crashing during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 161.5 kilometers (100.4 miles) with start in Mulhouse and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, on July 14. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

The pack of riders cycle through rural France during the 7th stage of the Tour de France cycle race between Epernay and Nancy on July 11. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) #

Spain's Luis Angel Mate Mardones offers a flower to a hostess as he celebrates his combativity prize on the podium at the end of the 194 km sixth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 10 between Arras and Reims, northern France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #

Cyril Lemoine of France and Cofidis, Solutions Credits is offered a banana by a fan after claiming the points on the Cote de Blubberhouses during stage two of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield on July 6 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

An entertainer wears a dress in the colors of the overall leader's yellow jersey adorned with a bicycle wheel prior to the start of the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 161.5 kilometers (100.4 miles) with start in Mulhouse and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, on July 14. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

France's Jerome Pineau, France's Arnaud Gerard, Netherland's Thomas Leezer and Spain's Luis Angel Mate Mardones ride in a breakaway during the 194 km sixth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 10 between Arras and Reims, northern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

A horse rider is pictured in front of the pack riding during the 234.5 km seventh stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 11 between Epernay and Nancy, northeastern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

The peloton rides up Haworth High Street during Stage Two of the Tour de France on July 6 in Haworth, England. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images) #

A cycling fan celebrates as the pack passes the Houses of Parliament in central London, during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) which started in Cambridge and finishes in London, England, on July 7. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

A bag piper plays as spectators wait for the pack to pass during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in York and finish in Sheffield, England, on July 6. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Cannondale procycling team rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia wait by the start line of the 4th stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and Lille Metropole, in France, on July 8. (Kim Ludbrook/EPA) #

France's Tony Gallopin celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 187.5 km eleventh stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 16 between Besancon and Oyonnax, eastern France. (Alix Giogon/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kristijan Koren of Slovenia and team Cannondale signs autographs for spectators ahead of the fifth stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 155km stage between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, on July 9 in Ypres, Belgium. (Harry Engels/Getty Images) #

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez rides in a breakaway during the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #

An elderly woman cheers as the pack of riders cycles on its way during the 194 km sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Arras to Reims July 10. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

The peleton cycles past sunflowers and a bee near the village of Chamblay during the 11th stage of the 101st Tour de France cycling race, over 187.5 km from Besancon to Oyonnax, France, on July 16. (Bas Czerwinski/EPA) #

Spare race bicycles are transported on top of one of the team cars following the pack as it passes wheat fields during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 234.5 kilometers (145.7 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Nancy, France, on July 11. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

The pack rides in the fog during the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #

Spectators watch as a rider climbs Bradfield Pass during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in York and finish in Sheffield, England, on July 6. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

BMC racing procycling team staff member (left) repairs the bicycle of Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium during the 1st stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Leeds and Harrogate, United Kingdom, on July 5. (Kim Ludbrook/EPA) #

Poland's Rafal Majka rides as he transports water bottles for his Russia's Tinkoff-Saxo cycling teammates during the 234.5 km seventh stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 11 between Epernay and Nancy, northeastern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

France's Tony Gallopin (center), wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, jokes as he takes the start of the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort, eastern France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #

Andrew Talansky of the Garmin-Sharp cycling team crashes in the sprint to the finish line in stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France from Epernay to Nancy on July 11 in Nancy, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Spain's Xabier Zandio after he crashed during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France, on July 10. Zandio is the second team Sky rider to abandon the race after Britain's Christopher Froome crashed and abandoned yesterday. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider Mark Cavendish of Britain gets assistance after crashing during a mass sprint next to the finish line of the first 190.5 km stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Leeds to Harrogate, on July 5. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

Astana team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the second 201 km stage of the Tour de France cycling race from York to Sheffield on July 6. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters) #

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in York and finish in Sheffield, England, on July 6. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #
 
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