Monday, July 28, 2014

Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali Wins, Campagnolo Wins

Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan, and Rafal Majka (L-R) on the podium in Paris. The last Italian to win was Marco Pantani in 1998.

Nibali (Astana) also becomes the 6th rider to win all six grand tours, joining Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi (Italy), Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Alberto Contador.

Nibali's win also sees Campagnolo's return to the top podium spot in the Tour de France; Nibali used Super Record components. Campagnolo's last podium visit with a jersey yellow winner was also, coincidentally in 1998 with Marco Pantani (note: Floyd Landis was found to have failed a drug test after stage 17 in the 2006 Tour de France; Landis contested the result and demanded arbitration. On September 20, 2007, Landis was found guilty and stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title making Óscar Pereiro the title holder; Pereiro used Campagnolo).

Today's Gazzetta dello Sport was yellow:

Specialized will be selling a limited edition version of the Tarmac SL4 used by Nibali to commemorate the victory; 60 of the 200 are reserved for Italy.

Podium Photo:ASO 

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1 comment:

  1. Larry likes that Nibali uses a mechanical Campagnolo groupset. Simple is better.