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Originally published July 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM | Page modified July 14, 2013 at 3:24 AM

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Froome defends yellow jersey on stage 15 of Tour

Riders set off on the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, the longest of the race and finishing with an epic climb up Mont Ventoux.

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GIVORS, France —

Riders set off on the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, the longest of the race and finishing with an epic climb up Mont Ventoux.

Tour leader Chris Froome defends the yellow jersey over the 151 miles from Givors in the wine-making Rhone Valley before ending with a mammoth 13-mile ascent of Ventoux in the Provence region.

Ventoux has become known as one of the most famed climbs in the 110-year history of the Tour. Britain's Tom Simpson collapsed and died on the famed climb during the 1967 Tour.

Froome leads Dutchman Bauke Mollema by two minutes, 28 seconds and the two-time former champion Alberto Contador, his main rival, is 2:45 back in third.

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