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The Latest: Tour chief: Flat stage key in battle of climbers

The Latest from the Tour de France (all times local): ___ 9:40 p.m. The 102nd edition of the Tour de France culminated with a "paradoxical" result, race chief Christian Prudhomme says: Two expert climbers battled for victory, but the flats made the difference. Up until the next-to-last stage in the Alps, Chris Froome held on against a surging Nairo Quintana of Colombia to win his second Tour in three years by 1 minute, 12 seconds — the closest Tour victory margin since 2008. The two were virtually equal in the mountains this year. But Froome got an early lead in Stage 2 in the Netherlands, outpacing the Colombian by 1:28 in that wind-swept leg. After the race finish...

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