Sixteen years and a whole world separate Vincenzo Nibali’s victory in the Tour de France and the last time an Italian rode up the Champs Elysées in yellow. When the late Marco Pantani completed his... more 
Sixteen years and a whole world separate Vincenzo Nibali’s victory in the Tour de France and the last time an Italian rode up the Champs Elysées in yellow. When the late Marco Pantani completed his Giro-Tour double in 1998, Nibali – who finished safely in the pack here behind the stage winner Marcel Kittel – was 13-and-a-half years old. Pantani’s win was forged in the chaos and controversy of the scandal-hit 1998 Tour, but if there is a similarity it is that both were based on one crushing blow in pouring rain and cold: Pantani’s win at Les Deux Alpes, and Nibali’s ride through the mud and cobbles of northern France with the help of his team-mate Lieuwe Westra, in a stunning piece of team tactics which might well have won him the Tour even if Alberto Contador and Chris Froome had remained in one piece. less 
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