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Nibali Wins Stage 18, Closes In On Tour Victory

Stage winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the 18th stage of the Tour de France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Stage winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the 18th stage of the Tour de France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

ARGELES-GAZOST, France—Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion...




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