Vincenzo Nibali is the first Italian who won Tour de France 2014 on Sunday after 16 long years. He is one cyclist who has proved that he is king.
Vincenzo Nibali is the pride of Italy. Late Marco Pantani was the last Italian who won Giro-Tour double in 1998. And now Astana team leader Nibali is the one who won won Tour de France 2014 on Sunday after 16 long years.
Nibali is the 6th rider to who won all three Grand Tours—France, Italy and Spain. The mountain phase of the Tour de France 2014 was covered so well by Vincenzo Nibali that he has been declared by his manager, Alexander Vinokourov, as the boss or king of cycling.
Not only has he got the guts to make it to the top, he is likely to stay there for awhile. Apart from any untoward incident, malady or bad news, Vincenzo was headed for greatness.
His skills and talent are not of the ordinary kind. They are forged in the crucible of genius. And the 101st Tour de France had Vincenzo as the winner when it ended on Sunday.
"Since his very first races Nibali has been nicknamed “the shark” for the kind of incisive attack which won him the stage into Sheffield three weeks ago, and which he hopes will one day win him a major one-day race such as the Giro di Lombardia or World Championship; off his bike he is far more restrained," reported Guardian.
The Pyrenees are where the hordes of cyclists had last congregated. It is a mountainous terrain and quite difficult to traverse. Yet they all plod on in the quest for the winning trophy.
“I’m very happy with this stage win, and certainly I’ve accumulated a healthy advantage, so I can remain calm for the next stages and Saturday’s time trial,” Nibali said.
Vincenzo won the fourth stage with ease. And now he won the championship with ease as two favorites, 2013 winner Chris Froome and Alberto Contador who won Tour de twice in past, were forced to go out in first half of championship due to injuries.
The rest of the contenders are way behind Nibali. He is slated to be the prospective champ. And his only rival is himself as he races against time to make it in a jiffy to the finish line.
The last two stages of Tour de France 2014, held on plain ground, won’t prove difficult for him to cover. Nibali, who is 29 years of age, spoke of how he was happy with his accomplishments.
He was however circumspect enough not to toot his own horn since it would have been equivalent to bragging. Nibali swiftly overtook the Yankee Chris Horner and the Spaniard Mikel Nieve and soon was miles ahead of them.
There was only a slight blemish on his record when he inadvertently bumped past a woman on the sidelines. Although Nibali didn’t suffer any injury, the woman’s smart phone fell to the ground and broke.
Marcel Kittel was right after Nibali. He is a German. Later on, Nibali exclaimed that he was unlike Lance Armstrong, who won five stages a decade ago, in that he didn’t believe he was invincible.
“I’m very different than Lance,” Nibali told NYTimes. “I haven’t done one huge performance. I got 30 seconds here, 40 seconds there.”