Nibali happiest of the favourites after summit finish to La Mauselaine

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) managed to defend his overall lead in style during stage 8, the first mountain stage of the 2014 Tour de France, which hit three Vosges climbs in the final 20km. Challenger Alberto Contador and his Tinkoff-Saxo team set a blistering pace over the climbs that cost most riders their spot up front. Only Nibali managed to hang on until the final metres of the summit finish up to La Mauselaine where he lost a seemingly futile three seconds on Contador.

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