2014 Tour de France Crowns First Italian Champion
Daniel Sheflin has served as the vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, for more than 10 years. When he is not overseeing research and development in the company’s $16 billion technology division, Daniel Sheflin enjoys following the Tour de France.

After a 16-year drought for Italy, Vinenzo Nibali has secured a Tour de France victory for his country. While Nibali will surely treasure his triumph, history will remember the 2014 competition for harsh weather conditions and a number of favorites enduring race-ending misfortunes. Early on in the race, low temperatures and excessive rain played their part in the withdrawal of Great Britain’s Chris Froome, the 2013 champion. Froome had endured three crashes by the time he dropped out of the race. On another cold and wet day, three-time champion Alberto Contador of Spain wiped out on cracked pavement and broke his leg.

The Astana racer Nibali, however, should not be viewed as a lucky winner. The Italian won four stages over the course of the three-week race, including one in each of the three featured mountain ranges. His prolonged success was further emphasized by his possession of the yellow leader jersey for all but two of the 21 stages. With his Tour de France victory, he becomes just the sixth rider to own wins at Vuelta a Espana, Giro d'Italia, and the Tour de France.
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