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Vincenzo Nibali enjoys surprise stage two win at the Tour de France

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Vincenzo Nibali enjoys surprise stage two win at the Tour de France

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Italian champion Vincenzo Nibali enjoyed a double victory at the Tour de France on Sunday (July 6) when he won stage two and with it took control of the race lead.

The day’s ride was a gruelling 201-kilometre trek from York to Sheffield featuring nine climbs.

It was a day of attack after attack but Nibali was well-placed to make the ultimate break for the line with two kilometres.

He made the jump on a small group of favourites and managed to hold on as he took all by surprise and crossed over the line for a victory in the Steel City.

Defending champion Chris Froome, World Champion Rui Costa and another title contender Alberto Contador were all in the chasing group that finished two seconds off the pace.

Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet of the BMC racing team was second while Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland rounded off the podium.

Nibali is now in yellow – he is two seconds clear of a group of 20 riders headed Slovakian Peter Sagan.