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Topic - France
Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.
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.
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy trailed by about a minute, and gained more seconds on his main rivals, as he retained the leader's yellow jersey that he's worn for all but two stages this year.
Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days, they rolled straight toward the German border.
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Rogers took a bow as he crossed the line after the 237.5-kilometer (147-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon featuring an ascent up the super-tough Port de Bales. Rogers, a former world champion, collected his first Tour stage victory.
Nibali kept his main rivals at bay in the stage and did not lose any time to them. He is 4:37 ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde in second, and 4:50 ahead of France's Romain Bardet in third.
Majka's victory was the first on this Tour by his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank team, which lost main leader Alberto Contador when he crashed out injured on Stage 10.
Stamping his dominance in the mountains and on the race overall, Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 13 of the Tour de France in the Alps on Friday up the hardest climb so far.
With a show of tooth-grinding grit and determination to repay his teammates who had ridden hard to help him, the 25-year-old Miami native got back up on his bike, wiped his eyes and pedaled on to the finish far behind the pack — and just in time.
Nibali has regained the overall race lead from France's Tony Gallopin, who had taken the leader's yellow jersey from the Italian a day earlier.
The 31-year-old Spaniard with Tinkoff-Saxo Bank becomes the second big favorite to drop out this year after defending champion Chris Froome of Britain crashed out in Stage 5. Before the race began this year, Froome and Contador were seen as the top two favorites to possibly win this year.
It was a good day for France with Gallopin set to defend the yellow jersey on Monday — Bastille Day — and for Germany, set to play in the World Cup final against Argentina later on Sunday.
In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday.
The top standings didn't change, as most of the contenders for victory in the three-week race trailed close behind the muscular Greipel. He was not a challenger for the overall title; like many sprinters, he does not fare well on the climbs that are crucial to winning in Paris.