Nibali Wins Stage 20 of Giro d'Italia 2013
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has put an exclamation point on his victory in the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
rosa was 0:32 clear. As he reached the finish line, the Astana man thrust his right fist to the sky and raised his left hand. Duarte outsprinted Uran for second place.
Nibali displayed no want of confidence as he discussed today's mountain finish and the others. “We only really felt the snow today in the final five km," he said. "Thankfully, the road was pretty clean, and the stage turned into a real epic, with an uphill finish in thick snow fall. The manner of my win today leaves me with feelings of immense joy. And when have you ever seen riders finish the Giro d’Italia with no sun tan, and wearing arm and leg warmers? In the cold, you have to limit yourself, with or without climbs. Not to be pretentious, but in this Giro, I’ve had something more than my rivals on the all the uphill finishes. If there had been more climbing, I’d have managed the finishes the way I did today."
Tomorrow, the Giro will end with a flat, 197-km run from Riese Pio X to Brescia. The stage will start as a procession for Nibali, but it will end in a bunch sprint. Will Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) make it a clean sweep of the sprint finishes, or will Elia Viviani (Cannondale) break through for a win? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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