Nibali reclaims Tour lead, Contador out

The Sports NetworkJuly 13, 2014 

La Planche des Belles Filles, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Vincenzo Nibali of Italy is back in yellow at the Tour de France.

Nibali won Stage 10 and reclaimed the overall lead on Monday, a day after losing the coveted yellow jersey in cycling's most prestigious event. He also became the overwhelming favorite to win the title after the departure of two- time champion Alberto Contador.

Contador crashed midway through Monday's stage on a mountain descent and had his right knee treated before resuming. He rode for another 20 kilometers before calling his team car and deciding not to continue.

Nibali, meanwhile, finished the 161.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles in a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 26 seconds. He won Stage 2 to first take the overall lead before ceding it to Frenchman Tony Gallopin on Sunday.

Gallopin was 1:34 ahead of Nibali following Stage 9 and wore the yellow jersey on France's national holiday of Bastille Day, but he struggled on a day with seven steep climbs, including four of the difficult Category 1 variety.

Nibali now owns an overall lead of 2:23 over Australia's Richie Porte, who was seventh on Monday. Spain's Alejandro Valverde is another 24 seconds behind in third overall after a third-place finish on Monday.

The story early was Contador

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