In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Dries Devenyns crowned Belgium Tour winner; Megan Guarnier and Greg Daniel win US National Road titles; Anthony Giacoppo victorious in Tour of Japan prologue; Gracie Elvin claims her second consecutive win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik; Lizzie Armiststead wins the Boels Rental Hills Classic; Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory; Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up; Bahrain Cycling Team one step closer to reality; Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time; Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia stage 20.
Daily News Digest
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has taken victory in one of the most memorable editions of the Giro d’Italia in recent memory. The win is Nibali’s second Giro title and fourth Grand Tour win overall, after victories in the 2010 Vuelta a Espana, the 2013 Giro and the 2014 Tour de France.
Nibali went into Friday’s stage 19 in fourth place, a massive 4:43 behind overall leader Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) in between. Kruijswijk would crash dramatically on a descent on stage 19, losing nearly five minutes on his rivals as Chaves moved into pink and Nibali moved into second by winning the stage.
On the final day in the mountains, Nibali again went on the attack, trying to erode Chaves’ 44-second lead in the general classification. Nibali was again the best of the GC riders, finishing sixth and taking enough time to put himself nearly a minute clear in the pink jersey. Rein Taaramae (Katusha) won the stage solo after attacking from the breakaway.
And even the final stage delivered its fair share of drama. On the rain-soaked streets of Turin, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) finally looked to have won his first Giro d’Italia stage (after nine second places) but was later disqualified for deviating from his line.
Vincenzo Nibali, meanwhile, finished in the bunch to win the race overall.