Race leader Astana team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 145.5km 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Hautacam, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani Sunday, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main opponents crashed out of a superb three-week race.Nibali beat Peraud by 7:37 and Pinot by 8:15 to become the sixth man to win all three grand tours after Belgian Eddy Merckx, Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Italian Felice Gimondi and Spaniard Alberto Contador.The Italian finished safely as the sprinters contested the embers of the three-week Tour around the Champs-Elysees, emulating the 1998 feat of Pantani.
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