Cy­cling: Nibali wins dra­matic 99th Giro d’Italia

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

TURIN (Italy)—As­tana’s Vin­cenzo Nibali se­cured his sec­ond Giro d’Italia tri­umph on Sun­day af­ter top­ping a dra­matic 99th edi­tion that saw key rival Steven Krui­jswijk ag­o­nis­ingly crash dur­ing the final stages.

Ger­many’s Nikias Arndt, of the Gi­ant team, cel­e­brated win­ning the final stage into Turin although it came only af­ter Gi­a­como Niz­zolo, of the Trek team, was stripped of the vic­tory by race judges who ruled the Ital­ian had ham­pered other rid­ers by de­vi­at­ing from his sprint line.

Nibali, who won the race for the first time in 2013, be­comes the 69th Ital­ian in 99 edi­tions to win the race for the pink jer­sey and cel­e­brated by rid­ing into Turin on a metal­licpink bike sur­rounded by his As­tana team­mates.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing to ride into Turin with all my team­maes like this,” said Nibali. “It’s re­ally in­de­scrib­able.”

Nibali fin­ished the race with a 52sec lead on Colom­bian Este­ban Chaves (Orica), with Span­ish vet­eran Ale­jan­dro Valverde (Mo­vis­tar) com­plet­ing the podium at 1min 17sec be­hind on his maiden par­tic­i­pa­tion at 36 years old.

“It’s a great race, and the pub­lic were bril­liant,” said Valverde, who won the Tour of Spain in 2009 but failed sev­eral times to win the Tour de France.

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