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Chris Froome crashed heavily during a training ride Wednesday, leaving him badly injured and unable to compete in the upcoming Tour de France. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Paul Sherwen's voice became almost inextricable from the Tour de France for English-speaking fans after a stellar career as a competitor. He covered the world's most famous cycling event for 33 years. Morne de Klerk/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawson Craddock is seen finishing the individual time trial on Saturday, assuring his ability to finish the Tour de France in Paris on the next day. Benoit Tessier/Reuters hide caption

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Eritrea's Daniel Teklehaimanot competes in a 13.8 km individual time trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 4 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Colombia's Nairo Quintana, wearing the best young rider's white jersey,crosses the finish line of the 19th stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Friday. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

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Cyclists from MTN-Qhubeka, a South African team, pose for a photo before the start of the third stage of the Vuelta, tour of Spain cycle race, in Cadiz, Spain, on Aug. 25. The team, in a first for Africa, will ride in this year's Tour de France. Miguel Angel Morenatti/AP hide caption

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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 85.4 miles with start in Evry and finish in Paris, France. Christophe Ena/AP hide caption

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Spain's Alberto Contador eats a banana in as he rides in the pack during the sixth stage of the Tour de France on July 10, 2014. The cyclists aim to eat up to 350 calories an hour as they ride, and up to 9,000 calories a day. Laurent Cipriani/AP hide caption

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