Vincenzo Nibali happy to distance Tour de France rivals

Vincenzo Nibali's mountain attacks puts him three and a half minutes clear of nearest rival, Alejandro Valverde

Vincenzo Nibali on stage thirteen of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali begins Saturday's stage from Grenoble "happier" than he was 24 hours ago and closer to a Tour de France win in Paris. On Friday, he distanced all of his rivals and put 8-42 into Sky's Richie Porte

"If I looked happier than on the occasions of my previous wins," Nibali said, "it's because I was delighted to have gained important seconds over Alejandro Valverde and Richie Porte."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.