Vincenzo Nibali Keeps A Cool Head In Hectic Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris. The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal. From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Puts a Stranglehold On The Tour de France

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PARIS, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at the 2014 Tour by finishing safely in the pack on Sunday's 21st and final stage from Evry to Paris, won by German Marcel Kittel. "It's the most important and the best moment, I never … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Secures Tour de France Victory

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PERIGUEUX, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali secured Tour de France victory on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin dominated the penultimate 20th stage time trial and the host nation celebrated podium success. Barring a final stage catastrophe on Sunday, Astana rider Nibali is assured of winning his first Tour title on the Champs … [Read more...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Stamps His Authority On The Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HAUTACAM, France, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali emphasised his total domination of the 2014 Tour de France with a fourth stage victory on Thursday. The 29-year-old Italian had admitted on Wednesday that he was riding within himself but on the 144.5km 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam, he decided to put on a demonstration. And it was precisely … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali A Tough Rival For Chris Froome

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali won his third stage and extended his lead, while Sky's Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day … [Read more...]

The Vincenzo Nibali Show Continues At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali continued to stamp his mark on the 2014 Tour de France with his third stage victory on Friday to increase his overall lead to more than three minutes. The Italian champion proved too strong once again for his rivals as he rode away from the field on the final climb to Chamrousse on the 197.5km … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Back In Yellow, As Contador Crashes Out

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali won Monday's Bastille Day 10th stage of the Tour de France to reclaim the leader's yellow jersey as two-time former winner Alberto Contador abandoned the race. Nibali overhauled lone escapee Joaquim Rodriguez in the final kilometre to win the stage by 15sec from Frenchman Thibaut … [Read more...]

Demise of Italian Cycling Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN NANCY, France, July 12, 2014 - The demise of Italian cycling has been greatly exaggerated according to winning pair Vincenzo Nibali and Matteo Trentin. Nibali, 29, kept hold of the Tour de France yellow jersey after Trentin, 24, won Friday's 234.5km stage from Epernay to Nancy. Italian cycling has come under fire in local press but the performances … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Crashes Out, Vincenzo Nibali Dominates Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ARENBERG DU PORTE HAINAUT, France, July 09, 2014 (AFP) - Defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday as Vincenzo Nibali took control of the race. Dutchman Lars Boom brilliantly won Wednesday's wet and cobbled 152.5km stage from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg du Porte Hainaut, but the big winner was Nibali. Expertly … [Read more...]