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Cycling: Vincenzo Nibali in a class of his own in Tour de France

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:55 AM
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey rides in the pack during the 237.5 km sixteenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France on July 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PAU, France (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali is winning the Tour de France so easily that the Italian admitted he is actually riding within himself.

Since all three past winners of the world's greatest bicycle race crashed out earlier during the Grand Boucle, Nibali has been in a class of his own.

Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed out on the fifth stage with a broken hand and wrist while two-time former winner Alberto Contador broke his shinbone in a fall on the 10th stage on Bastille Day.

Andy Schleck, the 2010 champion who was never a serious contender this year, didn't even ride on French territory having quit following the opening three stages in Britain after he too hit the deck.

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