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Nibali dominates to win Tour de France

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PARIS (AP) Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.

Chants of "Vin-cen-zo!" rang across the famed avenue for the Sicilian, who dominated the race nearly from the start three weeks ago and on Sunday became the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 in a sprint, his fourth victory this year. Nibali cruised in 24 seconds later, easily retaining a lead of more than seven minutes on his closest rival. He received pats on the back, kissed his wife and infant daughter and was mobbed by cameras.

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Kittel ties Nibali with 4 stages won

PARIS (AP) Marcel Kittel outsprinted Alexander Kristoff on the avenue of the Champs-Elysees in the last stage, a 137.5-kilometer (85.4-mile) ceremonial procession from Evry to Paris, to tie overall leader Vincenzo Nibali for the most stage wins at this Tour de France with four.

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Vos wins Tour's inaugural women's race

PARIS (AP) Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the inaugural women's version of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 55-mile (88.5 km) circuit on the famous cobblestones of Paris'Champs-Elysees.

"I felt quite good," the Rabobank-Liv team rider said after the race. "My team was upfront all the time - we were in every breakaway so I could stay relaxed. It gave me extra motivation to be there in the final sprint and to push maximum power." (MORE)

Back pain finally forces Talansky out

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) American rider Andrew Talansky withdrew from the Tour de France on Thursday a day after riding for several hours with excruciating back pain.

Talansky says he's "absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France" because "I built my season around the Tour and the team has supported me every step of the way." (MORE)

Contador breaks shin in fall, no surgery

MADRID (AP) Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador does not need surgery on his injured right leg and hopes to defy his doctors by racing in next month's Spanish Vuelta.

Contador, a two-time winner of cycling's biggest race, broke his shin in a violent fall on Monday to leave the Tour at the 10th stage. (MORE)

Wiggins stays with Sky despite omission

MILAN (AP) Bradley Wiggins is planning to remain with Team Sky next season despite being left off the squad's roster for this year's Tour de France.

In Italy for a sponsor's event, the 2012 Tour champion tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he would also like to attempt the hour record next year, and says "I'll do it with these bikes because I'm staying with Sky." (MORE)

Menchov has 3 Tour results stripped

GERARDMER, France (AP) Retired Russian rider Denis Menchov - who won the Spanish Vuelta twice and the 2009 Giro d'Italia - has been given a two-year ban and stripped of his results in three Tour de France races for anti-doping rule violations, a spokesman for the International Cycling Union confirmed on Saturday.

The ruling came to light in a table of doping sanctions posted on the UCI website on June 30, but it passed largely unnoticed until Saturday. (MORE)


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