PARIS (Reuters) – Tour de France yellow jerseys are usually won high in the mountains or on the time trials, even a mixture of both, but Vincenzo Nibali’s triumphant ride to Paris began on unfamiliar terrain – the cobblestones.
In driving rain on the feared cobbles of northern France, cyclists crashed off in stage five in all directions, some, like 2013 champion Chris Froome, terminally.
PARIS (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani on Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race.
While Italy celebrated its seventh Tour winner, a jubilant France hailed its first double podium finish in 30 years as veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud and youngster Thibaut Pinot took second and third respectively.
PARIS (Reuters) – For the first time in 30 years France had two riders on the Tour de France overall podium on Sunday – and there could be more to come from a wave of rising talent.
Veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud and youngster Thibaut Pinot finished second and third overall behind Italy’s dominant Vincenzo Nibali with Romain Bardet in sixth place.
PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) – Hours before Vincenzo Nibali is crowned men’s Tour de France champion on Sunday, the winner of a one-day race will be lauded, most likely Marianne Vos, the Dutch great leading the push for women’s cycling.
‘La Course by Le Tour’, an 89-km ride around Paris, was set up by organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) in response to a petition, signed by more than 97,000 people, calling for the return of the women’s Tour de France for the first time since 1989.
PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) – Having dominated his rivals on all terrains, Vincenzo Nibali was poised to win the Tour de France as he avoided any late dramas on Saturday in the penultimate stage, a 54km time trial from Bergerac won by Germany’s Tony Martin.
The Italian finished fourth on the day, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant Martin who set a time of one hour six minutes 21 seconds, but will roll into Paris on Sunday with a seven minute 52 second lead.
PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali was poised to win the Tour de France after avoiding any late dramas in the penultimate stage on Saturday – a 54km time trial from Bergerac won by Germany’s Tony Martin.
The Italian finished fourth on the day, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant Martin who set a provisional time of one hour six minutes 21 seconds, and will roll into Paris on Sunday with a seven minute 52 lead.
BERGERAC France (Reuters) – After almost three weeks of action-packed racing the minor podium places in the Tour de France are likely to be decided in Saturday’s final time trial.
The 54-km solo effort against the clock between Bergerac and Perigueux should be won by German Tony Martin, triple world champion in the discipline, but most eyes will be on a couple of Frenchmen and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.
BERGERAC France (Reuters) – Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
Garmin-Sharp rider Navardauskas attacked in a short climb close to the finish and never looked back as German John Degenkolb took second place.
HAUTACAM France (Reuters) – Nicknamed the ‘Shark of Messina’, Vincenzo Nibali once again showed his teeth to stamp his authority on the Tour de France and is now cruising towards his maiden title in the race.
The Italian became the first rider since the great Eddy Merckx in 1974 to win four stages (time trials excluded) in the same Tour by claiming the 18th stage at the top of the iconic Hautacam, draped in eerie fog.
HAUTACAM France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage on Thursday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion.
The Italian, looking to become the sixth man to win all three grand tours, snatched his fourth stage win by easing away from the group of favorites early in the final ascent to Hautacam, a 13.6-km climb at an average gradient of 7.8 per cent.