Italy's Vincenzo Nibali Wins Tour de France

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.

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 27, 2014. /Reuters Vincenzo Nibali of Italy celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 27, 2014. /Reuters

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.

VOA News / Jul. 28, 2014 08:12 KST