Vincenzo Nibali repays Astana with Tour de France lead

Italian champion Vincenzo Nibali hits form just at the right time

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage two of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali faced a different situation over a week ago with zero wins, but the tide has turned in his favour now with two victories and the Tour de France's yellow jersey ahead of Monday's stage to London.

"The team always believed in my possibilities," Nibali said. "We all knew that team Astana made a big investment, all the staff. It's normal when you want to win the Tour. Our goal's the Tour de France. I've come with good condition and this shows that we were ready. This is big for Astana, as this is the national day in Astana."

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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.