The Latest: Tour stops clock, locking in Froome's win

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Britain's Chris Froome Wins Tour De France

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the Tour de France (all times local):

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6.10 p.m.

Because of rain and slippery roads, Tour de France organizers have stopped the race clock, meaning Chris Froome is guaranteed his second victory just so long as he crosses the finishing line.

Normally, riders' times would have been taken at the finish line after 10 loops up and down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. But to minimize the risk of crashes on the slick cobblestones, race organizers have decided to stop the clock at the beginning of the first loop.

That locks in Froome's race lead over runner-up Nairo Quintana. The British rider must still ride the 10 laps to complete the full Tour distance. But he can now do so at his own pace, without the risk of crashing, leaving sprinters and their teams to ride off in search of the stage win.

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4:55 p.m.

The riders' rain gear is out and Chris Froome is hoping for a mostly relaxed cruise to Paris, as the Briton sets off with the pack toward his second Tour de France victory.

Wearing the leader's yellow jersey, Froome and other Tour stars posed for photos as Sunday's 21st and final stage got under way leisurely from the western suburb of Sevres to Paris' Champs-Elysees.

The pace of the race was expected to crescendo as the pack nears the famed Paris boulevard, where the day's main contest was an expected sprint finish.

The 30-year-old Briton who won in 2013 has a lead of 1 minute, 12 seconds over second-place Nairo Quintana. That's all but impossible to overcome over the flat and relatively short 109-kilometer (68-mile) stage.

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4:25 p.m.

Despite crashes and a "hectic" atmosphere, Anna van der Breggen made it two straight Dutch victories in La Course by Le Tour de France women's race on the Champs-Elysees, held on the same day as the Tour de France finishes.

The 25-year-old rider, who also won the Giro Rosa stage race in Italy this month, broke away on the rain-splattered Paris boulevard to beat Jolien D'hoore of Belgium, who was second, and Dutchwoman Amy Pieters in third — each 1 second behind.

"It was a really slippery road, it was hectic all day," said Van Der Breggen on French TV. "This race is really, really big for us."

Marion Vos won the race's debut edition last year.

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The Latest: Tour stops clock, locking in Froome's win
Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, grimaces as he lies on the road with a broken collar bone after crashing in the last kilometers of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephane Mantey, Pool)
A doctor examines the broken collar bone of Germany's Tony Martin, after a crash in the last kilometers of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Left is Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski. (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg, Pool)
Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, is pushed by a teammate as he crosses the finish line with a broken collar bone after crashing in the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, right, waits with Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, after he broke a collar bone in a crash in the last kilometers of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg, Pool)
Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, is accompanied by his teammates after breaking collar bone in a crash in the last kilometers of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephane Mantey, Pool)
A team member helps Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, to get back on his bicycle after he broke a collar bone in a crash in the last kilometers of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg, Pool)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JULY 09: Matteo Trentin of Italy and Etixx-Quick Step and yellow jersey wearer Tony Martin of Germany and Etixx-Quick Step ride during stage six of the 2015 Tour de France, a 191.5km stage between Abbeville and Le Havre, on July 9, 2015 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Riders get up after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189.5 kilometers (117.8 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Amiens, France, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastien Boue, Pool)
Italy's Matteo Tosatto grimaces after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189.5 kilometers (117.8 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Amiens, France, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Thibaut Pinot of France, center left, screams after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189.5 kilometers (117.8 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Amiens, France, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Pachoud, Pool)
AMIENS, FRANCE - JULY 08: The Peloton bunches up after 12km following a crash during stage five of the 2015 Tour de France, a 189.5km stage between Arras and Amiens on July 8, 2015 in Amiens, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
A rider almost crashes into the photographer as he tries to cut a corner when passing over a cobblestone sector with the pack during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 223.5 kilometers (138.9 miles) with start in Seraing, Belgium, and finish in Cambrai, France, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
The back of Australia's Michael Matthews, injured, is pictured after a big crash at the head of the pack during the 159.5 km third stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6, 2015, between the belgian cities of Antwerp and Huy. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Scores of riders lie on the road after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A doctor, left, and the Trek team manager, right, tend to Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara after he crashed with several other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: (L-R) William Bonnet of France riding for FDJ, Simon Gerrans of Australia riding for Orica-GreenEdge, Jose Mendes of Portugal riding for Bora-Argon 18, Greg Henderson of New Zealand riding for Lotto Soudal and Ramon Sinkeldam of the Netherlands riding for Giant-Alpecin lay on the ground after being involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: Riders litter the side of the road including Fabian Cancellara (Bottom R) of Switzerland riding for Trek Factory Racing in the overall race leader yellow jersey and Tom Dumoulin (Top R) of the Netherlands riding for Giant-Alpecin in the best young rider white jersey as they were involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
William Bonnet of France holds his head after crashing with several other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. Bonnet abandoned the race following the crash. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A doctor tends to William Bonnet of France after he crashed with several other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. Bonnet abandoned the race following the crash. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Laurens ten Dam of the Netherlands lies on the road after crashing with several of other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Scores of riders lie on the road after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: William Bonnet of France riding for FDJ is attended to after being involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland riding for Trek Factory Racing in the overall race leader yellow jersey is attended to after being involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Gregory Henderson continues the race with his torn jersey after crashing with several other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: Laurens Ten Dam of the Netherlands riding for Team LottoNL-Jumbo is attended to by medial personel after being involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands is led to an ambulance after crashing with several other riders during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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