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Chris Froome realizes hes on the cusp of greatness. Max Scherzer Jersey .The British rider already has two Tour de France victories and a third win in cyclings biggest event -- which starts Saturday -- would make him the most dominant rider of his generation.Another yellow jersey would also put Froome into an elite club of just seven riders who have won the Tour at least three times.Every rider obviously starts every new Tour equal and what has gone before counts for nothing, Froome said. This year I am hungrier than ever for success.Froomes top challengers will likely be two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Alberto Contador, the Spaniard who has won the Tour twice but took his last victory in the Grande Boucle back in 2009.Froome is the defending champion and also won in 2013.There are a number of riders in other teams capable of putting in a challenge for overall victory, said Dave Brailsford, team principal of Froomes Team Sky. Thats great news for cycling fans, who can look forward to seeing some really competitive racing.The 21-stage race opens Saturday at Mont-Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the Normandy coast. The picture-postcard starting stage ends at Utah Beach, where Allied troops landed on D-Day in 1944.The 3,519-kilometer (2,186-mile) race scales the Pyrenees before the Alps, just as the Tour did last year, again going counter-clockwise around France. That breaks with tradition because generally the Tour alternates between clockwise and counter-clockwise.With neither a prologue nor a team time trial, the route could favor climbing specialists. Still, there are two individual time trials in stages 13 and 18 totaling 54 kilometers (34 miles).The 103rd Tour will visit three neighboring countries -- Spain, Andorra and Switzerland -- and pass through 16 sites and stage cities unseen in previous editions.The most difficult stage on paper appears to be the eighth leg, a challenging 183-kilometer (114-mile) route through the Pyrenees from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon that features the legendary Col du Tourmalet plus three more serious climbs.Another serious test comes in Stage 12 with an ascent of Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day, July 14. Froome was the stage winner when the Tour last scaled Ventouxs barren, 1,909-meter (6,263-foot) peak in 2013.Ventoux was also the site of an epic battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in 2000, and where British rider Tom Simpson died in 1967 after he used a lethal cocktail of amphetamines and alcohol.After all the climbing and time trialing, though, the race could be decided on a dangerous and technical 12-kilometer (7.5-mile) finishing descent to Morzine in the penultimate stage.After this, all that will remain is the traditional -- but mostly ceremonial -- finish alongside cheering crowds on the Champs-Elysees on July 24.Security will be tight, with France in a state of emergency since attacks on Paris in November killed 130 people.The Tour will be protected by an unprecedented force of 23,000 police officers, including SWAT-like intervention squads.The Tour will also hope to attract overlapping audiences from the European Championship soccer tournament hosted by France, which ends July 10.---Andrew Dampf on Twitter: Kevin Long Jersey .Y. - Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night. Custom Washington Nationals Jerseys . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5. . JOHNS, N. Even though a Dec. 1 deadline looms, negotiations toward a new labor deal in Major League Baseball have progressed this week, to the point where sources finally are expressing optimism that an agreement can be reached before owners impose a lockout.Two sources who had spoken with both sides told on Wednesday that they now sense there is a path to a deal, following negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night.Owners and the players union have been hung up for weeks over several major issues, most notably an international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.Owners had begun making preparations for a potential lockout of the union, sources said, if there was no significant progress before the current collective bargaining agreement expires Dec. 1.Sources from both sides told they believed that threat of a lockout represented a hard deadline to make a deal, rather than just a soft deadline that could be easily extended. Although a December lockout wouldnt result in lost games, it essentially would place all typical offseason activity in a deep freeze, as well as cut off funding of benefits to players.A lockout also could harden positions on both sides, and could cast a pall over a sport that was hoping to capitalize on the momentum of an epic postseason that produced the highest World Series ratings in a decade and a half. As the pressure to avoid that lockout mounted this week, the two sides appear to have reached what one source described as that moment of truth, when people realize the clock is ticking down and youve got to compromise to unravel the logjam.Players have pushed forr an end to a system that forces teams to surrender their first-round draft pick if they sign high-profile free agents. Matt Wieters Jersey. In return for that concession, however, sources briefed on the discussions say that owners have held firm on their insistence on the need for a worldwide draft of foreign-born players.One potential compromise on that issue could be some alternative system that would not include a draft, but would limit spending on international players more effectively than the current system of signing pools and penalties, which a number of teams quickly found ways to circumvent.Other issues remain on the table, as well, but are believed to be closer to resolution. Roster size is expected to increase from 25 to 26 before September, and to 28 or 29 active players after Sept. 1. More teams are expected to be required to play day games on getaway days when teams face long flights following those games. Changes are likely in both the joint drug agreement and domestic-violence policies, assuming other issues can be agreed to.With the sides so close in so many areas and revenues at an all-time high, neither side foresees a scenario that leads to shutting down the sport when the time comes to play actual games. However, even a December lockout is not something anybody wants, said one source, given all the possible ramifications.Negotiators now will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, while they review the most recent proposals. 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