Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The winner of the Tour de France gets a yellow jersey but let's focus now on the lanterne rouge. That's the term for the guy who finishes last. It translates to red lantern, like that found on the caboose of a train. Yesterday, 36-year-old Canadian Svein Tuft took the honor with his 169th place finish. It turns out that the lanterne rouge is hotly contested. Just finishing brings glory and lucrative appearances. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Phil Mickelson has played some great rounds of golf in his Hall of Fame career. His greatest, he says though, came yesterday. At the not-so-young-age of 43, Mickelson, who's nicknamed Lefty, staged one dramatic comeback in the final round of the British Open and he won the tournament by three shots. The victory at Muirfield was his fifth major tournament title and the first-ever title at the British Open, which is known for its tricky courses.
Race leader Chris Froome of Great Britain finishes Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France. The penultimate stage of the Tour put Froome ahead by 5 minutes and practically guarantees he finishes Sunday in Paris in the yellow jersey.
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Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver rides ahead of Colombia's Nairo Quintana in the coveted white jersey and Britain's Christopher Froome in yellow during the 75-mile 20th stage of the Tour.
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Colombia's Nairo Quintana celebrates his polka dot jersey, which signifies he's the best climber. In addition to be "King of the Mountains" jersey, Quintana also bears the white jersey signifying the best young rider.
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Race leader Christopher Froome of Great Britain finishes Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France, clinching is his win of the 21-day race.
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Yellow jersey winner Christopher Froome of Great Britain and second-place Nairo Quintana of Colombia raced neck and neck on the final climb during stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France.
The City of Light is, in fact, lighting up for an evening showdown on the final day of the Tour de France. In a break with tradition, the 21-stage cycling race is starting later than usual from Versailles and ending 83 miles later in Paris with 10 laps of a circuit up and down the Champs-Elysees.
Yet the winners of the 100th Tour de France were pretty much set on Saturday at the end of the 20th stage. For the second year in a row, a Brit is taking the coveted yellow jersey grand prize.
Something to cheer about: Scotland's Andy Murray (second from left) speaks with Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron (center) after winning the men's title at Wimbledon.
We are right in the middle of a long, hot summer, and that means this past week while we were hunkered down next to the air conditioner, Major League Baseball had it All-Star Game, and NPR's Mike Pesca was there sweating it out for us. He's here to tell us what caught his eye. Hey, Mike.
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I did have a shirt that wicks away moisture so...
WERTHEIMER: There comes a stretch every summer - no football, basketball or hockey - when baseball gets to soak up the limelight. We are firmly in that stretch right now. The All Star Game is just behind us, the second half of the season is ahead. To break it down, we're joined by Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. Hi, Howard.
After three weeks and more than 2,000 miles, the Tour de France finishes up on Sunday in Paris. The race is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It's also the first year in many that no former winners are suspected of doping. Seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping this past spring, ending a years-long saga.
But even after all that, doping is probably not fini - as NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.
The Olympics, baseball, track and cycling, among others, continue to struggle with the problem of doping, despite threat of sanctions. Sports fans are trying to digest news that never quite goes away. Some are wondering if it ever will.