Nibali tri­umphs in ‘Monument’ clas­sic

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

VIN­CENZO Nibali timed his move to per­fec­tion to claim the Mi­lan-San Remo “Monument” clas­sic as he just held off the sprint spe­cial­ists over 291 kilo­me­tres yes­ter­day.

The 2014 Tour de France cham­pion snatched the first of five top one-day races — Mi­lan-San Remo, Tour of Flan­ders, Pris-Roubaix, Liege-Bas­togne Liege and Tour of Lom­bardy — af­ter pulling away from the pack in the as­cent of the Pog­gio, seven kilo­me­tres from the fin­ish.

The Bahrain-Merida rider, the first Ital­ian to win the “Pri­mav­era” since 2006, looked back only in the fi­nal few me­tres when a group of top sprint­ers were breath­ing down his neck.

Aus­tralian Caleb Ewan (Mitchel­ton-Scott) and France’s Ar­naud De­mare (Groupama-FDJ), the 2016 cham­pion, were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Bri­ton Mark Cavendish (Di­men­sion Data) suf­fered a spec­tac­u­lar crash, land­ing on his back af­ter som­er­sault­ing af­ter hit­ting a cen­tral di­vider.

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