Italian Vincenzo Nibali’s stage two win at the 2014 Tour de France was a reason for celebration, but when he went in for the kiss, the girl to his right was having none of it.
Website For the Win noted the failed attempt at a kiss:
“The Astana team rider was given the yellow jersey, and gave two polite kisses to the podium girl standing on his right. When he tried to do the same with the girl on his left, he met a brick wall.”
A brick wall may have been a nice way to put it after watching that video a few times.
That said, Nibali’s performance in this year’s Tour de France has been strong, according to a report from BBC Sport.
The British sports website said Nibali staged a late-race comeback to take the yellow jersey in the second leg of the race.
“The Astana rider broke clear of a group including Britain’s defending champion Chris Froome and double winner Alberto Contador, who came in two seconds back.
“Nibali took over the leader’s yellow jersey from stage one winner Marcel Kittel, who finished 20 minutes adrift.
“Estimates suggest more than 2.5 million people lined the route in Yorkshire for the first two stages over the weekend.”
BBC Sport reports that Nibali’s stage two win at the Tour de France was about more than a personal victory for the Italian cyclist. As he said, it was for his country.
“‘My main goal is to get a good result at the end of the Tour de France,’ said Nibali, who has now led all three Grand Tours.
“‘I don’t want to lose my head but I’m delighted to get the yellow jersey after having won the red jersey at the Vuelta a Espana and the pink jersey at the Giro d’Italia.’
“‘This victory is important for me, the team and Italy.'”
The 2012 Tour de France saw Nibali show solid performance, though he still came up short in the end. His third place finish that year placed him behind Brit Bradley Wiggins, who was the first ever Brit to win the Tour de France.
Nibali has been an active cyclist and an active competitor in the Tour de France, having competed against the likes of Lance Armstrong, among others.
BBC Sport said the tour will continue through the U.K. on Sunday before making its way to France at the beginning of the week.
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