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MONTPELLIER, France -- The mountain battle between Nairo Quintana and defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome in the grueling climb to the top of Mont Ventoux might not happen after all. Puma Womens Shoes Gold .Forecasts of more than 100 kph (62 mph) winds and temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius (39 F) at the top of the Giant of Provence have forced organizers to move the finish line of Thursdays stage six kilometers (3.7 miles) down the road to the Chalet Reynard.Ventoux is one of the most famed climbs in the Tours history. Britains Tom Simpson collapsed and died on it during the 1967 Tour after he used a lethal cocktail of amphetamines and alcohol.Froome was the stage winner when the Tour last scaled the 1,909-meter (6,263-foot) peak in 2013, gaining 29 seconds on Quintana that day.Tomorrow I would have liked the stage to go to the top because its an ideal climb for me, Quintana said. But anyway, there are still lots of days and mountains for me.With the climb now reduced by half its length, the stage should have less importance in the fight for the yellow jersey, although Tour director Christian Prudhomme promised a big battle in the rarefied air of the high peak.Its still a superb climb, on its steepest ramps, Prudhomme said. The Ventoux is a myth and a legend of the Tour de France, but we cant gamble with the riders safety.Froome, who has a 35-second lead over fourth-place Quintana overall, welcomed the decision that will shorten the ascent to 15.5 kilometers on roads well enough protected from the wind by trees.Its better for the riders safety, Froome said Wednesday after gaining 12 seconds on all of his direct rivals following a great tactical move in the finale in Montpellier. I dont think it really changes too much, the climb to Chalet Reynard is extremely hard already. I think its going to be an even more intense race once we hit the climb because its shorter.Froome has been seizing every opportunity to gain distance on his rivals this year, even attacking downhill for the first time of his career in the Pyrenees last week. Quintana, on the other hand, has been very conservative so far and was expected to make his first big move at the Ventoux.Id love to win on Ventoux, where some of the legendary riders in cycling have won, said Quintana, who finished runner-up to Froome at the Tour in 2013 and 2015. But Froome is also strong. We have to see how the other rivals are. We dont want to lose our heads, and use up our strength, and then let others take advantage.French climbing specialists Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have also circled this stage for special attention. Besides containing one of the races most famous climbs, the stage will be held on Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison by Parisians during the French Revolution. Puma Womens Shoes Sale . Dukurs winning time was 1 minute, 45.76 seconds, a quarter-second better than Russias Alexander Tretiakov. Lativas Tomass Dukurs was third, 1.41 seconds off the pace. Jon Montgomery of Eckville, Alta. Puma Womens Shoes Yellow . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents.http://www.cheappumawomensshoes.com/ . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. BERN, Switzerland -- Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from the Tour de France after winning four stages.Team Dimension Data made the announcement Tuesday on the races second and final rest day, with five stages remaining.Cavendish is preparing to race on the track at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he will be competing in the omnium event.The British sprinter says that after an extremely enjoyable and successful couple of weeeks . Puma Womens Shoes White. . it is with great sadness that I took the decision today to leave the race.Cavendish would have been a contender to win the final stage Sunday on the Champs-Elysees.He wore the race leaders yellow jersey for the first time after winning the opening stage at Utah Beach, Normandy.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '