Cyclists ride in a breakaway during the 178 km twelvelth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14, 2016 between Montpellier and Chalet-Reynard. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
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The Tour de France rode on as planned Friday, with thousands of fans lining the roads and amid reinforced security a day after the deadly attack in Nice.Froome was scheduled to compete in the race's first time trial later Friday after organizers decided the hilly 37.5-kilometer (23-mile) leg to La Caverne du Pont-D'Arc in the Ardeche region will go ahead following an emergency meeting with authorities.Security had already been reinforced at the Tour this year, with France in a state of emergency since the Paris attacks. The three-week race is protected by an unprecedented force of 23,000 police officers, including SWAT-like intervention squads, while security guards perform bag checks and pat downs at the start and finish of every stage.After 71 riders reached the finish, Portuguese national champion Nelson Oliveira had an early best time of 51 minute, 46 seconds.
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