Vincenzo Nibali's great day on the Tour de France cobbles

Tour de France race leader Vincenzo Nibali strengthened position at top of general classification after a tough day

VINCENZO NIBALI on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Italian Vincenzo Nibali rode further ahead into the Tour de France lead today over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix while his rivals lost time, crashed and, in Chris Froome's case, abandoned.

"It was big coup," team Astana's captain said. "I feel well, but we have to get to Paris yet."

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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.