Tour de France

Tour de France 2014 mapVincenzo Nibali is poised to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Marco Pantani in 1998. Nibali first took the yellow jersey on stage two after and opportunistic stage win in Sheffield. Astana relinquished the lead to Frenchman Tony Gallopin for just one day before Nibali took it back with an impressive win at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles.

When the race hit the Alps Nibali wasted no time in cementing his lead further. He won his third stage in Chamrousse and distanced all his rivals again the following day to Risoul. With less than a week to go much of the interest now lies in whether or not a Frenchman can climb on to the final podium with four currently in the top ten. The main obstacles to Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot or Jean-Christophe Peraud becoming heroes in Paris are Alejandro Valverde and Tejay Van Garderen, and the 54km time trial on stage 20.

The attrition rate at this year’s Tour continues to shape the general classification. After Chris Froome crashed out of the race with a fractured wrist and hand following his crashes on stages four and five, Alberto Contador was quick to follow. Richie Porte and Rui Costa are both suffering with respiratory infections allowing new faces to pop up in the top ten. .

The 2014 Tour de France starts in Leeds on Saturday, July 5 and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 27.

Tour information: Start list | Eurosport TV coverage | ITV TV coverage | List of winners

Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Richie Porte | Marcel Kittel | Peter Sagan | Alejandro Valverde | Tejay van Garderen

Previous editions: 2013 TdF | 2012 TdF | 2011 TdF | 2010 TdF

Geraint Thomas, Tour de France 2014

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