Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is only the sixth man to win all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. He is also the first Italian winner of the race since Marco Pantani in 1998.
His winning margin of 7 minutes 37 seconds over Jean-Christophe Peraud, who took second, is the biggest since Jan Ullrich won by more than nine minutes in 1997.
For Nibali, the 21st and final stage was all about reaching the finish line safely, as Tour tradition dictates that the leader going into the final stage should not be challenged.
The 29 year old rider dominated the Tour from the moment he took the race lead on stage two in Sheffield and wore the race leader’s yellow jersey for 18 of the race’s 21 days.
The Tour de France ended with a ride through the centre of Paris and some of Paris’s most iconic sights.