A fan holds a pig as the pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France from Carhaix to Cap Frehel on July 6. Pascal Rossignol\Reuters
Rigoberto Uran of Colombia (l.) and a man dressed in a historic outfit of a postman entertain spectators, as riders wait to take the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France starting in Carhaix, western France, on July 6. Christophe Ena/AP
An old lady dress as a she-devil salutes the peloton during the third stage of the Tour de France from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon on July 4. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
Spectators in costume cheer as the pack, or peloton, pass through the village of Le Champ Saint Pere during the first stage of the Tour de France on July 2. Christophe Ena/AP
Saxo Bank-Sungard's Alberto Contador (l.) of Spain is followed up a climb by Omega Pharma-Lotto's Philippe Gilbert of Belgium during the fourth stage of the Tour de France on July 5. Denis Balibuose/Reuters
The peloton rides by a fan playing a bagpipe during the fourth stage of the Tour de France on July 5. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
A person wearing a "Wookie" costume from the movie "Star Wars" waves a Breton flag as the pack rides past during the fifth stage of the Tour de France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
An elderly farmer watches the peloton pass by during the fifth stage of the Tour de France, The 102.2 miles stage started in Carhaix and finished in Cap Frehel, Brittany, western France, Wednesday July 6. Christophe Ena/AP
Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs autogrpahs prior to the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France. Laurent Cipriani/AP
A cycling fan dressed as a wrestler waves the US and Mexican flags during the 10th stage of the Tour de France in South Central France, Tuesday July 12. Laurent Cipriani/AP
Spectators on horseback greet the riders during the 10th stage of the Tour de France in South Central France, Tuesday July 12. Laurent Cipriani/AP
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.