Vincenzo Nibali Fact Box
Spanish Vuelta (2010), Giro d'Italia (2013) and Tour de France (2014). Nibali is only the sixth rider to complete a career Triple Crown after Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador.
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FRENCH REVIVAL: Two French riders finished on the podium for the first time since 1984 when Laurent Fignon outclassed Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. The performances of Jean-Christophe Peraud, second, and Thibaut Pinot, third, contributed
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will join five others as winners of all three of cycling's Grand Tours: Gimondi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador. ''It's magnificient, it's marvellous,'' Nibali said. ''It hasn't sunk in yet
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day: 34. The number of years since the last defending Tour champ was forced to abandon during his title defense: Bernard Hinault in 1980. Thursday's stage: A 194-kilometer (121-mile) mostly flat stage from Arras to Reims. The stage
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Tour messaged on his Twitter account after the race ''Wow that was a doozy of a day.'' 5-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault , whose nickname is the Badger, would certainly agree.
Nibali now strong favorite to win Tour de France
de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998. The French have waited even longer for a champion - the last was Bernard Hinault way back in 1985 - but with three riders in the top six places, hopes are growing of at least a first podium place