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Tour de France begins Saturday in Netherlands with tough course

...the Tour.Contador has opted for a completely different approach in a bid to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve a Giro-Tour double. After recovering from his success in Italy, and spending days training in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-07-01/tour-de-france-begin
Ivan Basso diagnosed with testicular cancer, drops out of Tour de France

...with him."Contador, who won his second Giro d'Italia this May, is attempting to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win that race and the Tour in the same year. But he heads into the Pyrenees already trailing Froome by...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-07-13/ivan-basso-diagnosed
Late climbs in Tour de France favor Chris Froome, not defending champ Vincenzo Nibali

...Tour winner who was also stripped of his 2010 title for a failed doping test, hopes to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro-Tour double the same year.But Nibali and Froome both expressed reservations as to the likelihood...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2015-07-03/late-climbs-tour-de-france-favor-
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