by Editor | July 7, 2014 2:03 am
CNN – Vincenzo Nibali was rewarded for a bold late move to win the second stage of the Tour de France in Sheffield Sunday and don the coveted yellow jersey.
The Italian champion was among a select group who had broken clear after a short but brutal climb on the outskirts of the Yorkshire city.
They included reigning champion Chris Froome of Team Sky, his chief rival Spain’s Alberto Contador and the favorite for the stage, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan.
But as they hesitated the 2013 Giro d’ Italia winner put his head down and broke clear, never to be caught, holding a two second advantage over his chasers as he raised his arms in triumph at the finish.
It was enough to put the Astana rider in the overall lead, but the climbing form shown Contador and Froome served notice they have taken fine form into the three-week classic.
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