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Nibali the Boss
19 Jul, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali showed today that there is a new Don of the peloton when it comes to the Tour de France when he quashed all attacks up the days final 12km climb to Chamrousse.  With 197km of racing already in the legs Nibali showed no weakness as he surged ahead of the select group containing Valverde and French sensation Pinot, and rode on to his third stage victory whilst increasing his overall lead to an impressive 3:37.
The Tour isn't over by any means as this Tour has shown anything can happen, but the GC contenders must be left scratching their heads over what can be done to topple a Nibali that has been simply brilliant on every terrain.
Todays big loser was Richie Port and Team SKY, the talented Tasmanian had a terrible Jour Sans losing 8:48 plummeting from 2nd in the standings to a distant 16th.  The British Squad lead by Sir Dave Brailsford must surely now be regretting the decision to snub 2012 Tour winner Sir Brad, leaving the 2014 Tour of California winner on the sidelines for the English Grand Depart citing "poor form".  When the lunatics run the asylumn all hell breaks loose.
The revelations of the day must be be the two new poster boys of French cycling Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and White Jesey leader Romain Bardet (AG2R), the two future hopes have captured the the focus of France as the home nation looks to build toward an overall winner in the years to come, the first since Bernard Hinault in 1985 

 

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The youth and future of French Cycling Romain Bardet

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