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by Neal Rogers
May 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Nibali wins queen stage at Giro d’Italia, moves into third overall; Controversy on Giro d’Italia queen stage renews question of race etiquette; Nippo-Fantini’s Canola beats Haedo to win Stage 3 at Tour of Japan, preserving GC lead; German triathlete Viellehner mourned after being struck by Italian driver; Pirelli backs under-20 competition in reborn Baby Giro d’Italia; USA Cycling to celebrate the inaugural National Velodrome Day on June 3; Teen cyclist says he was ‘left for dead’ by a road rage driver; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 3: Mt. Lemmon; Video: Aussie journo Rupert Guinness chats with Movistar’s Rory Sutherland on Giro’s third rest day; Video: Dumoulin tries to deck Colombian fan who was pushing Quintana; Video: Haga takes off on Giro descent
Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) bounced back from the race’s third rest day to take a victory on the race’s queen stage and move into third on the general classification.
On a stage that featured over 5,500 metres (18,00 feet) of elevation gain, Nibali attacked a select group of GC contenders a few kilometers from the top of the second time over the Stelvio Pass, catching Mikel Landa (Team Sky), the last remaining rider from the day’s breakaway, on the descent into Bormio.
The two went to the line together, with Landa leading into the final turn, where Nibali took a better line and passed the Spaniard to take the victory.
Nibali leapfrogged Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) to move into third on GC. Race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) lost significant time after he was forced to take a nature break at the bottom of the last climb (see below), and now leads Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by just 31 seconds; Nibali is 1:12 back.
“It’s the victory of a complete rider,” Nibali said. “I had to be consistent from start to finish in a long and difficult stage. At the end I had to be an aggressive climber, a good downhill rider and a sprinter. I’m very happy I won with the help of the team. I arrived really tired. I’m closer to Dumoulin on GC now. There are more difficult stages to come but Dumoulin also has a time trial to his advantage in Milan.”