In a display of power that flabbergasted even seasoned cycling observers, Chris Froome tamed the 13-mile ascent up Mont Ventoux on Sunday to tighten his grip on the yellow jersey in a relentless ride toward victory at the 100th Tour de France.
On Bastille Day, Froome became the first British stage winner on the mountain where countryman Tom Simpson died from a lethal cocktail of exhaustion, heat and doping at the 1967 Tour. Froome's final burst of acceleration shook off his last exhausted pursuer, Nairo Quintana.
"It was incredible today. This is the biggest victory of my career," said Froome, who finished the 150.7-mile stage in 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds.
Froome required oxygen at the summit, 6,722 feet up, to recover. But it was his rivals who were knocked out during the 15th stage. The closest four riders to Froome are more than four minutes behind -- a lead that should carry him to the finish next Sunday in Paris.
Emirates Team New Zealand scored its fourth point in four races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup challenger series. Skipper Dean Barker and the crew sailed the 9.89 nautical-mile course in San Francisco Bay unopposed because its opponent, Sweden's Artemis Racing, is still assembling its AC72. The Denver Broncos signed left tackle Ryan Clady to a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million. Had Clady not signed by Monday, he would have played under a one-year, $9.823 million franchise tag deal. Instead, he has a contract that guarantees him at least $33 million. The Phoenix Coyotes signed first-round draft pick Max Domi to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. The forward played for London of the OHL last season. He's the son of former NHL player Tie Domi. Marco Fabian and Luis Montes scored first-half goals, and Mexico (2-1) won 3-1 over Martinique (1-2) in Gold Cup soccer pool play in Denver. Also, Panama (2-0-1) and Canada (0-2-1) played to a 0-0 tie. Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals, while Panama had already secured a quarterfinal berth. Camilo scored twice to lead Vancouver (8-7-6) to a 3-1 victory over Chicago (6-9-3). Camilo leads MLS with 12 goals this season. Penn State will open its 2014 football season against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. The game will be played at Croke Park on Aug. 30 and will air on ESPN2. Nicolas Mahut won the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title, beating Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Earlier in the day, John Isner's 13-match win streak on the grass court in Newport, R.I., ended when the two-time defending champion lost to Hewitt 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Mahut beat Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Isner said he felt pain in his left knee. Yuki Hayashi went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Japan beat the United States 6-3 to win the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. The U.S. lost twice to Japan. Amber Freeman hit two homers and the U.S. beat Puerto Rico 10-3 in five innings to advance to the final. Former Cal star Valerie Arioto (1-0) allowed one hit in 32/3 innings of relief. Former Stanford star Nneka Ogwumike had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Los Angeles (10-4) to its fifth straight WNBA win, 88-76 over Phoenix (8-7). The Mercury played without Brittney Griner (sore knee). Police say at least 18 people were killed in a stadium stampede after fans rioted to protest a boxer's loss in a title match in Nabire, Indonesia. The victims were trampled as 1,500 spectators scrambled out the stadium.