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Italy’s Nibali leads for 10th time in 12 stages

Tour de France

Photographers take pictures of the pack with Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey (second from right), as it passes over a bridge during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Etienne, France, on Thursday.

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SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Because of doping’s ravages on cycling, it’s natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.
But Nibali says the sport has changed, doping cases have become rare, and “this theme belongs to the past.”
The Italian has had a praiseworthy, almost unbreakable lock on the yellow jersey, yet he will be looking over his shoulder more on Friday. The great race enters two days in the Alps that feature uphill finishes, starting with the hardest climb that the peloton has faced ...


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