Nibali seals clas­sic win with a fine de­scent Proteas bowlers make light work of Tigers

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

ITAL­IAN Vin­cenzo Nibali used his de­scent skills to claim an im­pres­sive vic­tory in the Giro Di Lom­bar­dia “Mon­u­ment” clas­sic for the sec­ond time.

The Bahrain-Merida rider, who also won the race in 2015, dropped French­man Thibaut Pinot in the de­scent from the Civiglio hill and never looked back.

He crossed the fin­ish line 28 sec­onds ahead of France’s Ju­lian Alaphilippe, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vi­sional re­sults. An­other Ital­ian, Gianni Moscon, took third place af­ter the 247km ride from Berg­amo.

Ire­land’s Ni­co­las Roche crossed the line in 12th po­si­tion, in a group some 1.12 sec­onds be­hind Nibali. Daniel Martin was over five min­utes fur­ther be­hind in 36th place.

“Il Lom­bar­dia” is the last of five Mon­u­ment (top) one-day clas­sics in the sea­son af­ter Mi­lan-San Remo, BANGLADESH look to be head­ing for de­feat in their sec­ond and fi­nal Test against South Africa.

Af­ter a crush­ing 333-run loss in the first meet­ing, the tourists are on course for an even big­ger drub­bing in Bloem­fontein.

Start­ing day two on 428 for three, South Africa mo­tored to 573 for the loss of just one more wicket be­fore opt­ing against fur­ther pun­ish­ment.

They de­clared with four cen­tu­ri­ons, with Hashim Amla (132) and Faf du Plessis (135 not out) join­ing day-one 100-mak­ers Dean El­gar and Ai­den Markram.

Hav­ing rested for the best part of two days, South Africa’s bowlers then took over and wiped The Tigers out for 147.

Kasigo Rabada got rid of open­ers Im­rul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar as part of a five-for-33 haul, while Duanne Olivier picked up three for 40. Li­ton Das ac­counted for al­most half of Bangladesh’s runs with 70.

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