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PARIS (AP) - Italy s Vincenzo Nibali has won the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian to win cycling s greatest race in 16 years by chiselling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself a flag-bearer of anti-doping during the race, finished in the main pack behind Marcel Kittel, who won Sunday s Stage 21 in a sprint finish.

Nibali s victory comes after the pre-race favorites - 2013 champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador - crashed out with injuries in the first half of the race.

Nibali is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours - France, Italy and Spain- and is the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Marco Pantani in 1998.

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