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Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:52 a.m.

Nibali wins 18th Tour de France stage

  • Team Movistar follows Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race on...

    Associated Press

    Team Movistar follows Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Thgursday.

ARGELES-GAZOST, France — Vincenzo Nibali won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, emphatically stamping his dominance on the race in its last mountain leg with a solo breakaway on the day’s last climb.
After setting off from Pau, riders tackled the famed Tourmalet pass — the highest Pyrenean peak on the Tour — before heading up to Hautacam ski station at the end of the 90-mile leg. Both climbs are among the toughest in professional cycling.
The Italian, winning his fourth stage of the Tour, essentially turned the race into a competition for second.
Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who began the day in second but with a thin lead on two Frenchmen behind him, was losing key seconds.
The race’s last big challenge is Saturday’s time trial.
Story tags » Cycling

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