Did you know that cycling has a triple crown? Apparently it’s the Grand Tours in France, Italy and Spain, and now Vincenzo Nibali has become only the sixth rider to capture all three. He won the Tour de France today — the first Italian in 16 years to claim cycling’s biggest race.
A big help — 2013 champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador both crashed out early. Nibali won pretty much wire-to-wire — he wore the leader’s yellow jersey for all but two stages. Marcel Kittel won the 21st stage by outsprinting Nibali, and Jean-Christophe Peraud was second overall, 7 minutes, 52 seconds behind the winner.
— Sky Sports Cycling (@SkyCycling) July 27, 2014
We do not yet have video or photographic evidence, but presumably Nibali did not get snubbed at the winner’s podium like he did after Stage 2:
That’s still the highlight of this race for me.
* This guy did not win the Tour de France.
— JOE.ie (@JOEdotie) July 27, 2014
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 27, 2014