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An Italian Wins The Tour De France

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has won the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race in 16 years.  

The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself ``a flag-bearer of anti-doping'' during the race, finished in the main pack behind Marcel Kittel, who won Sunday's Stage 21 in a sprint finish.  

Nibali's victory comes after the pre-race favorites _ 2013 champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador _ crashed out with injuries in the first half of the race.  

Nibali is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours _ France, Italy and Spain_ and is the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Marco Pantani in 1998.  
 

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