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Nibali set to win Tour as last stage begins

With Champs-Elysees ahead, Italy's Nibali on way to win Tour de France as last Stage 21 begins

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, second right,  Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey...
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left,  chats with Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jer...

Cycling Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, second right, Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey...

Cycling Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left, chats with Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jer...

EVRY, France (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali and the Tour de France pack have begun the 21st and final stage of this year's race, with the Italian poised to take home the leader's yellow jersey on Sunday.

The 137.5-kilometer (85.4-mile) ride from suburban Evry to Paris is a largely ceremonial procession with sprinters likely to battle it out in the race finale on the Champs-Elysees for the stage win.

The 29-year-old native of Messina, Italy, is set to enter the history books as only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours -- of France, Italy and Spain -- and become the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Nibali locked up victory in the three-week race by methodically, bit-by-bit assembling a lead of nearly eight minutes on his closest rival.


Updated : 2020-11-30 06:48 GMT+08:00