Cycling: Nibali wins dramatic 99th Giro d’Italia

Turin (Italy)—Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second Giro d’Italia triumph on Sunday after topping a dramatic 99th edition that saw key rival Steven Kruijswijk agonisingly crash during the final stages.
Germany’s Nikias Arndt, of the Giant team, celebrated winning the final stage into Turin although it came only after Giacomo Nizzolo, of the Trek team, was stripped of the victory by race judges who ruled the Italian had hampered other riders by deviating from his sprint line.
Nibali, who won the race for the first time in 2013, becomes the 69th Italian in 99 editions to win the race for the pink jersey and celebrated by riding into Turin on a metallic-pink bike surrounded by his Astana teammates.
“It’s an amazing feeling to ride into Turin with all my teammaes like this,” said Nibali. “It’s really indescribable.”
Nibali finished the race with a 52sec lead on Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica), with Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) completing the podium at 1min 17sec behind on his maiden participation at 36 years old.
“It’s a great race, and the public were brilliant,” said Valverde, who won the Tour of Spain in 2009 but failed several times to win the Tour de France.
“To finish on the podium for my first participation is a huge honour for me.”
Kruijswijk, for whom this edition is likely to be unforgettable, finished in fourth place overall and has plenty of reason for regret.—AFP

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