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Froome comes within inches of disaster at Tour

Updated: July 16, 2013, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

GAP, France -- Hurtling too fast for comfort down a twisty, turning foothill of the Alps, Tour de France leader Chris Froome faced a high-speed choice between risk and reward.

The Briton knew that 10 years ago on exactly the same descent, Joseba Beloki shattered his leg, elbow and wrist rounding a corner too fast and Lance Armstrong plowed into a field to avoid the prone Spaniard howling in pain.

So Froome wanted to go easy. Trouble was, Alberto Contador didn't. Against his better ...

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