Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali won the 2014 Tour de France. Bravo! It’s the first time an Italian has won in 16 years. He and the team deserve the glory. As New York Times writer Ian Austen said of Nibali, he “did not cruise to win by default.” The 2013 Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, had to quit early on in the race.
After a number of injuries and crashes, American favorites Andrew Talansky and Tejay Van Garderen both withdrew from the race. But the one American cyclist who did finish (17th overall) was 42-year-old Chris Horner, who, btw, beat twentysomething Nibali to win the Tour of Spain bicycle race, Vuelta, last year.