Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France by numbers - how Astana rider made history

From 1 to 10, we look at how Sicilian won race and entered cycling history

by Simon_MacMichael   July 27, 2014  

TdF 2014 Vincenzo Nibali wins in Sheffield - picture credit Welcome to Yorkshire, Le Tour Yorkshire com

Vincenzo Nibali of Astana has this afternoon sealed a stunning overall victory in the Tour de France. Some may point to the early exits of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador as having eased the Italian's path to victory - but the fact is, during a tough opening week of the race, he took it by the scruff of its neck when he won on the second day in Sheffield, then used his skills at riding in the most inclement of conditions to gain time over the cobbles and in the first mountain stage. Here's his race in numbers.

One

This is the 29-year-old’s first Tour de France victory.

Two

Nibali first got into the yellow jersey this year by launching an attack on the way down into Sheffield from the final climb of Stage 2, Jenkin Road.

Three

The number of mountain stages the Sicilian won this year – equalling Fausto Coppi in 1952, Joop Zoetemelk in 1976 and Laurent Fignon in 1984.

Four

The tally of road stage wins by Nibali during this year’s race – the most by any champion since Eddy Merckx won six (plus the prologue and a short time trial stage) in 1974.

Five

The stage over the Paris-Roubaix cobbles to Arenberg where the Astana confirmed his mastery of the filthiest of conditions to put more than two minutes into Alberto Contador.

Six

Nibali becomes only the sixth man ever to win all three of cycling’s Grand Tours, joining Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador to complete the Tour-Giro-Vuelta hat-trick.

Seven

The number of Italians who have now won the Tour de France; Nibali joins Ottavio Bottechia, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Gastone Nencini, Felice Gimondi and Marco Pantani in winning the race on the other side of the Alps; Gimondi is the only past winner still alive.

Eight

The number of seconds shy of eight minutes by which Nibali won the 101st edition of the Tour de France from AG2R’s Jean-Christophe Péraud.

Nine

The last time anyone had a bigger margin of victory than Nibali this year was when Jan Ullrich won the Tour by 9 minutes 9 seconds from Richard Virenque in 1997.

Ten

Of the four stages Nibali won this year, Stage 10 was perhaps the pivotal one; with Froome already out, Contador’s departure due to a broken leg on the way to La Planche des Belles Filles removed his other big rival for the overall victory. The Astana rider took the stage and never looked like losing afterwards.

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Stunning ride, all subjective I know but I would be surprised if Froome or Contador could of lived with him, he looked a different class, its a real shame we never got to see the battle though.

posted by mikeprytherch [219 posts]
28th July 2014 - 13:14

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I agree. It's a shame we didn't see the Nibali-Froome-Contador tussle unfold over three weeks. But, hey, His Nibs is in some esteemed company as an Italian, let alone the Frenchmen and the Belgian he's up there with! Chapeau to him, I say. And let's hope for a French winner next year.

Fran the Man

posted by Fran The Man [72 posts]
29th July 2014 - 16:13

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He survived where Froome and Contador didn't. He was the stronger rider this year, especially so over the cobbles.

posted by J90 [174 posts]
29th July 2014 - 19:28

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