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It’s a sight that would have gladdened the hearts of the people behind the UCI’s original mondialisation project: a Kazakh team, led by an Italian and a Dane. Unfortunately, it’s less a model of international harmony than a conversation between monolingual foreigners who don’t quite speak each other’s language. Fans of visual metaphor may note that the apparent lack of purpose and coherence in the team as a whole is reflected perfectly in the chromatic discord of the light blue and bright yellow in their team kit.

This is the big one for Vincenzo Nibali. He was third overall in the 2012 Tour de France, won last year’s Giro d’Italia(to add to his 2010 Vuelta win), and he’s built his entire season around completing a grand slam of Grand Tour wins. Nibali’s completed eight Grand Tours in the last five seasons, and he’s been third or better in six of them.

Tour de France history
Participations: 5
Stage wins: 3
Best overall: Alberto Contador, winner in 2009
Top 10s: 5
Jersey wins: 1 yellow

Tour team: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Jakob Fuglsang (Den), Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz), Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz), Tanel Kangert (Est), Michele Scarponi (Ita), Alessandro Vanotti (Ita), Lieuwe Westra (Ned)

Lieuwe Westra wins stage seven of the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine

Astana’s Lieuwe Westra caught speeding at 118mph

Police caught team Astana rider Lieuwe Westra on radar driving 189 kilometres per hour (118mph) in the northern part of the Netherlands on Wednesday evening. “It is what it is,” Westra told…