Tour de France 2014 Results: Final Standings and Leaderboard for Annual Race

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 27, 2014

2014 Tour de France cycling race winner Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium in Paris, France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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With time on his side entering the final segment of the 2014 Tour de France, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali earned the overall victory in the prestigious race Sunday. Nibali was never in any danger, as he kept up enough pace over the final mass sprint to secure his first Tour de France title with an overall time of 89:59:06.

Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 with a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 50 seconds for his fourth stage win.

Here's a look at the race's final standings:

2014 Tour de France General Classification
PositionRiderCountryTime
1Vincenzo NibaliItaly89:59:06
2Jean-Christophe PeraudFrance+7:37
3Thibaut PinotFrance+8:15
4Alejandro ValverdeSpain+9:40
5Tejay Van GarderenUnited States+11:24
6Romain BardetFrance+11:26
7Leopold KonigCzech Republic+14:32
8Haimar ZubeldiaSpain+17:57
9Laurens Ten DamNetherlands+18:11
10Bauke MollemaNetherlands+21:15
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Nibali's chances of winning this year's race were elevated due to some early treacherous weather conditions—notably cold weather and heavy rain.

Defending champion Chris Froome exited the race after several early crashes, and Alberto Contador—a two-time winner of the race—broke his leg after crashing on Stage 10.

Perhaps a bit frustrated from being unable to complete the race, Froome commented on the lack of challenge from Nibali's remaining competition during an interview on NBC Sports (via ESPN.co.uk):

I think Nibali definitely does deserve the win this year, he did make it through all those stages that had all the crashes and all those difficult parts. But I do believe it would have been a different race if Alberto and I had been competing in the mountains.

It's been difficult for me watching the race—Nibali in the mountains has been relatively unchallenged, he hasn't had people attacking him and it hasn't been a mano-a-mano fight for the yellow jersey.

That's sad for a race like the Tour de France. I would have loved to have been there up in the mountains with him. But he survived, he stayed upright, and he deserves to win.

Nibali certainly owned the mountain stages of the race, as he came away with 168 points, which were good enough for second behind the 181 points of Poland's Rafal Majka. Here's a look at the final mountain standings:

2014 Tour de France Mountain Classification
PositionRiderCountryPoints
1Rafal MajkaPoland181
2Vincenzo NibaliItaly168
3Joaquim RodriguezSpain112
4Thibaut PinotFrance89
5Jean-Christophe PeraudFrance85
6Alessandro De MarchiItaly78
7Thomas VoecklerFrance61
8Giovanni ViscontiItaly54
9Alejandro ValverdeSpain48
10Tejay Van GarderenUnited States48
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However, the mountain stages weren't the only area where the champion flourished. He held his own throughout the sprint segments as well, finishing sixth with 182 points. Take a glance at the final sprint standings, which Slovakia's Peter Sagan dominated with 431 points:

2014 Tour de France Sprint Points Classification
PositionRiderCountryPoints
1Peter SaganSlovakia431
2Alexander KristoffNorway282
3Bryan CoquardFrance271
4Marcel KittelGermany222
5Mark RenshawAustralia211
6Vincenzo NibaliItaly182
7Andre GreipelGermany169
8Ramunas NavardauskasLithuania157
9Greg Van AvermaetBelgium153
10Samuel DumoulinFrance117
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Cycling legend Greg LeMond saw something in Nibali's performance that made him think quite differently than Froome, per Peloton magazine:

 

With France's Thibaut Pinot earning the title of Best Young Rider, the four category winners posed for a photo upon the race's conclusion, via Le Tour de France:

After the race, Nibali spoke of his accomplishment during a press conference, as relayed by VeloNews.com:

For me the Vuelta was the most important because it showed me that I could aim to win big tours like the Giro and the Tour in the following years.

As an Italian it's obvious that for me the Giro is very important but it's also special for the Italian fans. But what makes the Tour so much bigger is the international attention it demands. It's different, it's bigger, it's more beautiful.

The level of competition is also higher than the others, although I had great rivals in both the Giro and the Vuelta.

Nibali has earned a spot in the history of the Tour de France, and he marks the 10th Italian to win the race. At 29 years of age, he has plenty of time remaining to accumulate a bevy of accolades in the cycling world.

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

We'll see if he can take another significant step further at the Vuelta a Espana. It should be conceived Froome will be fully recovered by the start of the race, which could lead to a tremendous battle between the two riders.

 

All standings and results courtesy of NBCSports.com unless otherwise notated.