One thing we know: when it is all over, those of us who survive will find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
It's been far from a classic Tour de France but the 2016 edition did provide one of the most memorable moments in the race's history.
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Britain's Chris Froome won his third Tour de France on Sunday to confirm his status as one of the all-time greats on the world's most gruelling race.
Chris Froome said this one feels as good as the first after all but wrapping up a third Tour de France title on Saturday.
Chris Froome all but wrapped up the 2016 Tour de France title as Spaniard Ion Izaguirre won the 20th and penultimate stage.
Tom Dumoulin's Olympic gold medal hopes are under threat after he broke his wrist in a crash at the Tour de France.
Tom Dumoulin's fantastic Tour de France ended in pain and disappointment as the Dutchman quit following a crash.
Chris Froome increased his lead at the Tour de France by winning the 17km uphill time-trial for the 18th stage.
Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour de France to focus on his preparations for the Rio Olympics
Chris Froome rubber-stamped his Tour de France domination by putting time into his rivals as Ilnur Zakarin won the 17th stage.
Five things we learned from the Tour de France, which ended on Sunday in Paris with Chris Froome winning his third title:
After the beer and champagne celebrations, Chris Froome delivered a sobering and emotional message from the Tour de France winner's podium.
Chris Froome will ride into Paris on Sunday to claim - barring an unthinkable late mishap - a comprehensive third Tour de France title.
Peter Sagan completed his best Tour de France yet by being awarded the race's super-combativity award.
Briton Adam Yates was handed a 10-second penalty by the Tour de France's race jury for a "handsling" in Friday's 19th stage.
Romain Bardet won the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday as Chris Froome survived a dramatic crash to maintain his race lead.
With the rain comes hope, at least that's what Tour de France fourth-placed rider Nairo Quintana believes.
The Alps brought nothing new or exciting to the three-week race which seems to be as good as decided.
Chris Froome says his TDF rivals are battling for only a podium finish after Wednesday's first of four Alpine stages.
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford expressed his support for an Olympic ban against Russia by insisting protection of clean athletes is vital.
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