July 28, 2014 08:12
Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali is the winner of this year's Tour de France.
The 29-year-old Sicilian held on to the yellow jersey as the overall leader for 19 of the 21 stages, winning four of them, and finished in the main pack of racers Sunday down the Champs Elysées in Paris.
His margin of victory over runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud of France was 7:37. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot was third, 8:15 behind the winner, meaning two French riders made the podium for the first time since 1984.
This year's three-week race began with three stages in Britain and covered more than 3,600 km.
Nibali is the first Italian to win the Tour de France in 16 years, and only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours, in France, Italy and Spain.
After widespread scandals in the sport involving illegal drug doping, Nibali called himself "a flag-bearer of anti-doping."
Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won a separate, one-day women's Tour de France on an 89-kilometer course on the Champs Elysées.
The top finishing American in the men's race was Tejay Van Garderen in fifth place, 11:44 behind Nibali.
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