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Nibali says Vinokourov’s comments were designed to motivate

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Vincenzo Nibali gets some room on the final climb.

Vincenzo Nibali gets some room on the final climb.
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Vincenzo Nibali in action during stage 11.

Vincenzo Nibali in action during stage 11.
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Vincenzo Nibali nears the finish of stage 11.

Vincenzo Nibali nears the finish of stage 11.
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Vincenzo Nibali at the head of affairs.

Vincenzo Nibali at the head of affairs.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost time on the climb to La Pierre-Sant-Martin

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost time on the climb to La Pierre-Sant-Martin

Vincenzo Nibali began the day already out of the hunt for Tour de France victory but still very much in the headlines. Such is the life of a defending champion.