Defending champ Nibali wins Tour's Stage 19

Jul 24, 2015 3:49 PM by Ross Field

LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) - Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali has regained some glory in the Tour de France by winning the mountainous 19th stage in a solo breakaway.

The Italian accelerated out of a group including overall leader Chris Froome during Friday's hardest Alpine ascent, the Croix de Fer pass, then gradually overtook breakaway riders who had got out front earlier in the 138-kilometer (86-mile) ride.

Froome was willing to let Nibali get away - within limits. The Sicilian entered the stage in seventh place, 8 minutes, 4 seconds behind Froome. It was Nibali's fifth Tour stage victory.

About 90 seconds behind, Froome lost several seconds to his main rival for the title: Colombia's Nairo Quintana, who began the stage 3:10 behind in second.


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