Images from the snow-capped mountains
While mountains summit were scrapped and one stage utterly nullified due to the weather, this year’s Giro d’Italia still produced some of the most memorable racing scenes in recent history.
From Giovanni Visconti’s brave ascent of the Galibier that rekindled a career that had almost extinguished to the site of Cadel Evans battling his gears and his competition as he vainly attempted to cling onto second place, this Giro, has provided fans with three weeks of engrossing racing.
It wasn’t just in the mountains where the riders were forced to face the brutality of Mother Nature. On the road to Florence Bradley Wiggins’ Giro bid began to crumble with a crash in the wet and Mark Cavendish proved his class once again by winning his 100th road race on the sodden roads to Treviso.
In the end Vincenzo Nibali rounded out the race with a convincing and commanding performance. It was a complete and astute performance that demonstrated the Italian’s climbing and descending skills but also his improved time trialing and the astute tactical acumen that helped net him his underrated 2010 Vuelta win.
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