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Beating the Heat

Yesterday's stage (and sports news in Europe for the last few weeks) featured beastly hot weather that is primarily blamed for Alejandro Valverde's broken collarbone, a few flat tires, and the madness of some fans near the Cauberg. Heat can be a problem at the Tour, and a real factor in a long ITT such as what's coming this weekend. But at least based on the forecast for Paris, the weather is becoming more seasonable in France for the near term. Look for rain -- another spoiler -- tomorrow, followed by no reason to complain for a while.