Nibali secures Giro d'Italia

2013-05-26 17:36
Vincenzo Nibali (AFP Photo)
Brescia - Italian Vincenzo Nibali secured his maiden Giro d'Italia title on Sunday as Britain's Mark Cavendish took his fifth stage win on the 21st and final leg into Brescia.

Nibali, of the Astana team, finished the weather-hit 96th edition with a 4min 43sec lead on Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Team Sky with Australian Cadel Evans of BMC finishing third at 5:52.

It was Nibali's first victory on the three-week Italian race, in which he finished third in 2010 and runner-up in 2011. Last year, he finished third overall on the Tour de France, won by Britain's Bradley Wiggins.

Nibali succeeds Canadian Ryder Hesjedal as winner of the race's 'maglia rosa' (pink jersey) after the Garmin rider, followed by an ailing Wiggins, dropped out before the final week due to illness.

Nibali took possession of the pink jersey after the stage eight time trial won by Britain's Alex Dowsett and took a massive step towards overall victory with his victory in Friday's 18th stage, a 20.6 km uphill time trial.

It took his lead over Evans, who became Nibali's closest challenger, to over four minutes.

After the first of two consecutive days in the Dolomites mountains was cancelled on Friday due to snow and sub-zero temperatures at high altitude, Nibali capped his campaign with a second stage win of this year's race atop the Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb on Saturday.

Cavendish, meanwhile, finished a triumphant campaign in style by dominating a hectic sprint for the finish on a tight circuit to take his victory tally on the race to 15.

Cavendish, who also has 23 stage wins on the Tour de France and three from the Tour of Spain, also secured the race's red jersey for the points competition.

1. Mark Cavendish (Britain / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 5:30:09"
2. Sacha Modolo (Italy / Bardiani Valvole) ST
3. Elia Viviani (Italy / Cannondale)
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy / RadioShack)
5. Luka Mezgec (Slovenia / Argos)
6. Roberto Ferrari (Italy / Lampre)
7. Kenny Dehaes (Belgium / Lotto)
8. Manuel Belletti (Italy / AG2R)
9. Giovanni Visconti (Italy / Movistar)
10. Luca Paolini (Italy / Katusha)

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) 84:53:28"
2. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Team Sky) +4:43"
3. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +5:52"
4. Michele Scarponi (Italy / Lampre) +6:48"
5. Carlos Betancur (Colombia / AG2R) +7:28"
6. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland / Lampre) +7:43"
7. Rafal Majka (Poland / Saxo - Tinkoff) +8:09"
8. Benat Intxausti (Spain / Movistar) +10:26"
9. Mauro Santambrogio (Italy / Vini Fantini) +10:32"
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +10:59"


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