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Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the driver's seat in Tour de France

...race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.The French have waited even longer for a champion ? the last was Bernard Hinault way back in 1985 ? but...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-15/italian-vincenzo-nib
Tour de France leader increases his lead

...another two seconds back.The remarkable effort by Nibali, set to become the first Italian to win the Tour since Marco Pantani in 1998, essentially reduced the race drama to who will join him on the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-07-24/tour-de-france-leader-increases-h
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

...sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours - France, Italy and Spain. The last Italian to win the Tour de France was Marco Pantani in 1998.After cruising in 24 seconds after Kittel - a German who got his fourth stage win - Nibali received pats...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-27/italys-vincenzo-niba
Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali wins 13th Stage

...year, Nibali perhaps let slip a bit more happy emotion ? knowing that the first Tour victory for an Italian since Marco Pantani in 1998 just got a little closer."I expect more attacks tomorrow in another very hard stage and next week," Nibali...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-18/tour-de-france-leade
Poland's Rafal Majka wins Tour stage, as leader Vincenzo Nibali marches on

...anti-doping", made his latest case to become the first Italian to win cycling's showcase race in 16 years - since Marco Pantani, who was once convicted for doping.Nibali gained just under a minute on four of his closest rivals. Second-placed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-23/polands-rafal-majka-
Norway's Kristoff wins 12th Tour de France stage as Italy's Nibali retains yellow jersey

...of Spain, was third, 2:47 back.Nibali is looking to become the first Italian to win the Tour since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.American rider Andrew Talansky pulled out before the stage because of severe back pain from previous crashes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-17/norways-kristoff-win
Overtime

...in the final 50 meters and edge out Dario Cataldo on the line after a climb to the sanctuary of Oropa, the scene of Marco Pantani's memorable victory in 1999.Pantano finished seven seconds behind.Rigoberto Uran retained the overall lead but...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-05-24/overtime
Menchov still eyes Tour podium despite poor start

...one of the pre-race favorites in a bid to become the first man to win both races in the same year since the late Marco Pantani in 1998. But he lost 1 minute, 31 seconds in Saturday's first stage to Fabian Cancellara, who overtook the Russian...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/06/oth_529968.shtml
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Armstrong has edge

...Dauphine Libere in June. There are other reasons for optimism. Two previous Tour winners, Germany's Jan Ullrich and Marco Pantani of Italy, aren't racing this year. Telekom rider Ullrich, whose racing career overall is in jeopardy after allegations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/06/oth_346886.shtml
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Drug scandal widens, two more teams withdraw

...the overall standings remained the same. Italy's Marco Pantani retained the yellow jersey, Bobby Julich of the United...all afraid to give up after 20 days of racing," said Marco Pantani, the overall race leader. "I've made sacrifices...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/07/31/oth_234808.shtml
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