Cycling: Italian Vincenzo Nibali won 101st edition of Tour de France
Italian Vincenzo Nibali won 101st edition of Tour de France. He is the first Italian in 16 years to accomplish cycling’s greatest race.
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy on 27 July 2014 won the 101st edition of the Tour de France in cycling. To win the cycling championship, he finished the final stage in Paris. Nibali led the race for eighteen days out of twenty-one.
Nibali is the first Italian in 16 years to accomplish cycling’s greatest race. The last Italian to win the Tour de France was Marco Pantani in 1998. With this win, Nibali became the sixth man to win all three Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
He completed the Tour with a margin of 7 minutes 37 seconds over runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud, which second largest margin, since Jan Ullrich who won by nine minutes in 1997. Ullrich margin was of 9 minutes, when he defeated second-placed Richard Virenque in 1997. On the other hand, Nibali’s win equaled to Lance Armstrong’s win over Swiss rider Alex Zulle in 1999, which was nullified for doping.
Apart from this, Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot completed the race at second and third position respectively. Whereas, Germany's Marcel Kittel won the traditional final stage sprint finish.
Tour de France 2014
The 101st Tour de France 2014 started on 5 July 2014 and ended on 27 July 2014. The 101st edition was conducted in 21 stages and covered a total distance of 3664 kilometers. The stages were
• 9 flat stages
• 5 hill stages
• 6 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes
• 1 individual time-trial stage
• 2 rest days
The tour saw 9 new stage cities and they were Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge, Ypres, Oyonnax, Risoul, Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour.
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