• 5 things to know about Tour de France Stage 18

    July 24, 2014

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) - The Tour de France's final day in the mountains saw both of France's podium hopefuls rise in the overall standings, while Vincenzo Nibali won atop the punishing Hautacam climb to leave the peloton even further in his slipstream.

  • Tour de France 18th stage at a glance

    July 24, 2014

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) - A brief look at the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday:The stage: 145.5 kilometers (90 miles) from Pau to the summit finish at Hautacam, rated ''beyond category'' in the Tour jargon to describe the most difficult climbs. Along the way was the famed Tourmalet climb, a 2,115-meter monster also beyond a rating.

  • Nibali wins Stage 18, closes in on Tour victory

    July 24, 2014

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.On the big, final climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke out of the peloton, chased down breakaway riders, and rode solo in front for the last eight kilometers (five miles) uphill.