The Tour de France will end Sunday with Team Sky’s Chris Froome capturing his third title. But it wasn’t the easiest of rides for the 31-year-old, who suffered bumps and bruises in two separate crashes, including one that threatened to disqualify him from the Tour. Right at the end of Stage 12, Froome, along with cyclist Richie Porte, tumbled over a motorbike that had stopped because spectators had overcrowded the road. Froome’s bike frame snapped, rendering his machine useless, and with the team car and his backup bike unable to make it through the masses, Froome just started running, risking disqualification. In the end, however, race organizers decided to neutralize the ending and not penalize
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday called on the International Olympic Committee to resist calls to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics in response to doping allegations. In an open letter to committee president Thomas Bach and other IOC members, Gorbachev said he was deeply concerned by the possibility the innocent would be punished along with the guilty. "The principle of collective punishment is unacceptable for me," Gorbachev said.