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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France
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Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian rider to do so since Marco Pantani in 1998.

The Tour was highlighted by a spate of crashes that early on eliminated some of the biggest names in the field. Defending champ Chris Froome dropped out after three crashes, while three-time winner Alberto Contador broke his leg after ramming into a pothole.

The 29-year-old Nibali won four stages of the tour, three of them in the grueling mountain phase.

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