PARIS - Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani on Sunday, dominating on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race.
While Italy celebrated its seventh Tour winner, a jubilant France hailed its first double podium finish in 30 years as veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud and youngster Thibaut Pinot took second and third, respectively.
“We are very happy today, it's a beautiful victory. Congratulations to the whole team,” said Nibali's Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov.
Nibali beat Peraud by 7:37 and Pinot by 8:15 to become the sixth man to win all three grand tours after...