Nibali Increases Tour de France Lead

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Published on July 24 2014 6:24 am
Last Updated on July 24 2014 6:24 am
Written by Millie Lange

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy increased his overall lead at the Tour de France Wednesday with a strong third-place finish in Stage 17. Poland's Rafal Majka
won the stage, a short and grueling 124.5-kilometer mountain trek through the Pyrenees, finishing at the Pla d'Adet in a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 23 seconds. It was his second stage win of the 2014 Tour, as he captured Stage 14 last week in the Alps.

Italy's Giovanni Visconti was 29 seconds behind in second place, while Nibali made a move to distance himself from his nearest competitors in the overall classification with an attack near the conclusion on the highest category climb and finished third for the stage -- 46 seconds behind the winner.

Nibali started the day 4 minutes and 37 seconds in front of Alejandro Valverde and now owns an advantage of 5:26 over the Spaniard, who was another 49 seconds behind the winner in 10th Wednesday.