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Froome also won the polka-dot jersey for best climber.     Photo: Jaguar MENA / Flickr

Chris Froome Wins Tour de France

Second title for the Brit

Thirty-year-old British cyclist Chris Froome of Team Sky won his second Tour de France general classification title on Sunday, according to Bicycling. He and fellow Team Sky riders finished the final stage to Paris more than a minute after the stage winner, German rider Andre Greipel of the Lotto team.

Second place went to Colombian Nairo Quintana of Movistar, who finished one minute and 12 seconds behind Froome. Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde, also of Movistar, took third with a finishing time more than five minutes behind Froome. 

Froome also won the polka-dot jersey for best climber, while Nairo Quintana took the white jersey for best rider under age 26. Peter Sagan won the green jersey for most points, and Movistar won the overall team prize. French rider Sébastien Chavanel finished last in the tour, earning him the lampooning yet coveted Lanterne Rouge (red lantern) award, as reported by Peloton Magazine


Himex, Madison Mountaineering Abandon K2 Attempt

Madison led the first successful guided expedition of K2 in July 2014.     Photo: Stuart Orford/Flickr

Himex, Madison Mountaineering Abandon K2 Attempt

Citing avalanche risk, summit climbers turn back

Guiding companies Madison Mountaineering and Himalayan Experience (also known as Himex) announced over the weekend that they will no longer attempt to summit K2, according to postings on the Madison Mountaineering website and an interview with Explorersweb. Both guide outfitters noted this season’s uncommonly warm temperatures on K2, which have increased the danger of avalanches.

“Yesterday, one member of our Sherpa team was injured by a falling rock. We flew him by helicopter this morning to Skardu, where he is being attended to,” Madison Mountaineering leader Garrett Madison wrote on a blog post published on Saturday. “The climate here has warmed up dramatically, and as a result snow slides down to the glacial ice have peeled off K2 and the surrounding peaks.”

Madison is no stranger to the risks avalanches can pose. He was at Everest Base Camp on April 25, when 19 people were killed after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Everest. Last year, Madison led the first successful guided expedition of K2. This year, his team included Vanessa O’Brien, who would have been the first-ever American woman to summit K2.

Madison Mountaineering and Himex have both said that they are open to a summit attempt of Broad Peak, the 12th-highest mountain in the world, which is adjacent to K2.


Boston Will Not Host the 2024 Olympics

“I refuse to mortgage the future of the city away. I refuse to put Boston on the hook for overruns,” Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters.     Photo: Bert Kaufmann / Flickr

Boston Will Not Host the 2024 Olympics

Active opposition, budget doubts compel city to withdraw

Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the AP reported Monday

Boston was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) top choice as a candidate city for the 2024 Summer Games, a prospect Mayor Marty Walsh initially greeted with enthusiasm. Given that the city’s budget of $5 billion is tiny by Olympic standards, many locals agreed. But by late spring, only half of Boston’s residents still supported hosting the Games. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker continually declined to endorse Boston as a candidate city, saying on Friday that he would base his decision on the findings by the Brattle Group, a consulting firm whose report wasn’t expected to be complete until August, according to the Boston Herald. On Monday, Mayor Walsh called a press conference in which he said he was under undue pressure to sign a contract with USOC and would refuse to comply until he was convinced that taxpayers would not be held responsible for cost overruns, according to the Boston Globe

“I refuse to mortgage the future of the city away. I refuse to put Boston on the hook for overruns,” Walsh told reporters. “This is a commitment that I cannot make without assurances that Boston and its residents will be protected.”

Boston withdrew a few hours later. 

With seven weeks left before the deadline for signing a host city agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), USOC is likely to turn to Los Angeles. In a brief response, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement indicating that, while he hadn’t had any recent conversations with USOC, he would be open to starting them, according to the AP.