Giro d'Italia 2016

May 6-29, 2016, Apeldoorn, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the 21st and final stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, a 163km trip from Cuneo to Turin. 

 

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Stage 20: Nibali secures maglia rosa, Taaramae wins in Sant’Anna di Vinadio

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Giro d'Italia stage 20 highlights - Video

 

  1. 12:24:38 CEST

    Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. This is it. This is where the road ends. The 21st and final stage. It really has been a great Giro and we're going to see it off in style. 

  2. 12:27:15 CEST

    Here's the stage profile

     

     

  3. 12:32:50 CEST

    So, a nice easy start to the day with a gentle downhill, where no doubt everyone will be in relaxed mood - some celebratory. We then hit Turin for some local laps where the sprinters - if there are any left? - will come to the for one last hurrah. It's a typical final stage to a Grand Tour.

  4. 12:33:51 CEST

    The winner of the Giro (barring accident or the extraordinary) emerges from his team bus. 

     

  5. 12:39:27 CEST

    And this is what Vincenzo Nibali stands to win at the end of the day. 

     

     

  6. 12:41:13 CEST

    The riders have all signed on and are about to roll out of a very wet Cuneo for what is set to be a leisurely day in the saddle.

     

  7. 12:42:45 CEST

    Let's just remind ourselves how Nibali has come to find himself in this position, because you'd have been laughed out of the room for suggesting this 48 hours ago. Here's our report from a thrilling stage 20 yesterday.

     

    Giro d'Italia: Nibali secures maglia rosa on stage 20

     

  8. 12:44:26 CEST

    This is how the general classification stands. 

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 82:44:31
    2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:52
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:17
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:50
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:04:37
    6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:08:31
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11:47
    8 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:13:21
    9 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:14:09
    10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 0:16:20

     

  9. 12:49:46 CEST

    And we're off! The riders have just been given the go ahead to begin the roll-out.

     

     

     

  10. 12:56:19 CEST

    The jersey wearers today

     

    Pink (overall): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

    Red (points): Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

    White (young rider): Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep)

    Blue (mountains): Mikel NIeve (Team Sky)

     

    Realistically, the red jersey is the only one that can change hands. Nizzolo leads with 185 points but Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi is second on 152, with Etixx's Matteo Trentin on 141. With two intermediate sprints and a sprint finish, there's plenty of chance for a points swing. 

  11. 13:05:06 CEST

    Here is Nizzolo at the start today. The Italian won the red jersey last year but is known for his remarkable string of near misses in Giro sprints. He has never managed to win a stage and even when presented with the chance of his life on stage 17, with most of the top sprinters like Kittel and Greipel absent, the fates found a way to deny him as Roger Kluge took an unlikely solo win. 

     

    Is today finally the day for Giacomo Nizzolo?

     

  12. 13:07:54 CEST

    As might be expected, the opening kilometres of this stage have been raced in relaxed fashion, with the peloton all together for the moment.

  13. 13:13:48 CEST

    There has been talk of neutralising some of the racing today

     

    There was wet weather at the start in Cuneo and there may well be wet weather in Turin with dark clouds looming. The course is dry from about the half-way stage but the raining is moving north. 

     

    There has been talk of neutralising some of the laps of Turin if the heavy rain does materialise. Organisers will no doubt have a plan in place and will make a decision once the race is nearer to Turin.

     

  14. 148km remaining from 163km

    13:20:52 CEST

    Just under 15 kilometres covered as the bunch simply rolls along

     

  15. 13:26:34 CEST

    Nibali and his Astana teammates are given the opportunity to indulge in a spot of celebration.

     

     

  16. 13:38:33 CEST

    There's a small crash involving some BMC and Orica-GreenEdge riders but it looks like everyone is bike on their bikes pretty swiftly.

     

  17. 13:45:57 CEST

    Nibali isn't holding back with his celebrations. The Italian rocked up at the start today with a completely pink bike, including a glossy pink paintjob for the frame. You can have a closer look in our gallery.

     

    Nibali gets glossy pink bike to celebrate Giro d'Italia victory - Gallery

     

     

  18. 13:53:29 CEST

    This image just posted on Twitter by the Katusha team shows that the rain is indeed coming down hard in Turin.

     

     

  19. 13:59:41 CEST

    Katusha have also posted a video of the massive raindrops bucketing down in Turin. 

     

    If the rain continues to come down like that it's going to make for a dangerous finale. The circuit isn't overly technical but there are two 90-degree bends inside the final kilometre. 

     

  20. 14:06:46 CEST

    Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) has abandoned the race. It seems he was caught up in that small crash mentioned before. 

     

  21. 14:16:11 CEST

    The riders covered 35.9km in the first hour of racing. Leisurely.

     

  22. 14:24:59 CEST

    We've covered around 55 kilometres so it won't be long until we reach the intermediate sprint point in Racconigi. That comes at around 63km. 

  23. 14:38:25 CEST

    We're coming up to the intermediate sprint. Nizzolo, Ulissi and Trentin can all be expected to show an interest. 

     

  24. 14:43:58 CEST

    Nizzolo does indeed strike out and he earns himself maximum points. Ulissi's teammate Sacha Modolo comes across second, while Trentin is third. 

     

     

     

  25. 14:46:43 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    There are more points on offer for the stage win that the intermediates but a good start for Nizzolo. However, you sense he'd trade in every single point to get his hands on that elusive Giro stage victory. 

     

  26. 14:50:07 CEST

    The weather out on the road is getting a bit nicer...

     

  27. 14:51:08 CEST

    The pink and red jerseys, compatriots Nibali and Nizzolo, enjoying a catch-up on this relaxed afternoon. 

     

     

  28. 88km remaining from 163km

    14:57:21 CEST

    75 kilometres covered now and the next big event on today's stage is the feed zone. 

     

  29. 15:00:49 CEST

    White jersey wearer and best young rider Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) on the right. What a Giro he's had - the Luxembourg rider is going to finish 6th overall.

     

  30. 15:07:40 CEST

    The average speed over the first two hours of 'racing' has been 39.2km/h. That's fairly quick, considering. 

     

  31. 15:12:39 CEST

    As the Etixx team said in that tweet, there are cobbles on parts of this circuit. They're not the small, jagged stones you might see in the Classics but rather wide large slabs. Still, could be slippy in the wt. 

     

  32. 15:14:43 CEST

    Incidentally, the conditions have tried up in Turin, and the road surfaces appear to be dry. There are still dark clouds looming, though.

     

  33. 15:23:45 CEST

    We have our first attacks of the day! The LottoNL-Jumbo duo of Jos van Emden and Maarten Tjallingii make their way off the front and start trading turns. 

     

  34. 65km remaining from 163km

    15:25:32 CEST

    The Dutch duo have opened up a lead of 30 seconds.

     

  35. 15:26:51 CEST

    We've been through the feed zone and we're not too far away from Turin now. 

     

     

  36. 15:31:48 CEST

    The leaders come into Turin - Torino in Italian tongue - and cross the finish line for the first time. Eight laps of this 7km circuit to come.

     

  37. 15:41:05 CEST

    The Lotto duo complete one of the laps and come across the line some 35 seconds ahead of the bunch, which is being led by Nibali's Astana. 

     

  38. 15:44:50 CEST

    We've had confirmation that the race has been neutralised in terms of the general classification. The times have been taken on the first passage of the line, so there will be no worries about fights for position. Nibali, though, still has to finish the race to sew it all up.

     

  39. 15:45:43 CEST

    Attacks now coming on the second lap. Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff) and Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) surge clear and there are others behind them who fancy getting involved too. 

     

  40. 15:49:35 CEST

    The other three riders have bridged across so we now have a five-man chase group. They are:

     

    Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff)

    Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep)

    Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

    Simon Clarke (Cannondale)

    Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Southeast)

     

  41. 15:50:37 CEST

    These chasers are 35 seconds behind the leading duo. The peloton is a further 20 seconds back. 

  42. 15:58:31 CEST

    Zhupa and Clarke have been dropped from this chase group.

     

  43. 15:59:14 CEST

    The heavens have indeed opened and the roads are going to be getting slippy once again. This is going to make for a risky finale. 

     

  44. 16:01:40 CEST

    This chasing trio are attacking each other now. With the rain coming down they know that a few risks may make a stage win possible. They still only have 25 seconds on the bunch. 

     

  45. 30km remaining from 163km

    16:10:06 CEST

    The LottoNL duo are doing really well here and now have a lead of 50 seconds. The chasers are losing ground.

  46. 16:10:19 CEST

    Crash!

     

  47. 16:11:26 CEST

    There's a sizeable crash that leaves a few riders on the ground. Rigoberto Uran is on the deck and Esteban Chaves stops to check on his compatriot. 

     

  48. 16:12:31 CEST

    Movistar's Jasha Sutterlin and Etixx's Pieter Serry also caught up. No one seriously hurt, it would seem. 

     

  49. 16:13:26 CEST

    Uran gets back on his back and rides on with teammates. There are no worries about trying to get back onto the bunch as the GC times have already been taken and the stage has been neutralised from that point of view. 

     

  50. 16:19:10 CEST

    Sutterlin was in fact injured in that crash. He has been taken away in an ambulance and therefore will not finish this Giro.

     

  51. 20km remaining from 163km

    16:22:14 CEST

    Van Emden is riding hard to help Tjallingi go for stage glory. The pair have 45 seconds with 20km remaining. 

     

  52. 16:24:13 CEST

    We're also hearing that Johann van Zyl has had to abandon the race after that crash. 

     

  53. 16:26:53 CEST

    That crash has added something of a sour note to the end of this Giro. Two young riders in their first Giro, so close to reaching the end, having to end their race in hospital.

     

  54. 16:30:16 CEST

    Etixx and Lampre driving the peloton at a really high pace. Van Emden and Tjallingii have been pegged back to 20 seconds.

     

  55. 12.5km remaining from 163km

    16:32:14 CEST

    Bob Jungels hits the front now and puts in a characteristically monstrous turn. Under 10 seconds now, the gap. 

     

  56. 16:33:16 CEST

    Tjaliingii sits up. Van Emden ploughs on.

     

  57. 10km remaining from 163km

    16:34:56 CEST

    Van Emden uses his time trialling skills to keep his lead at 10 seconds. It's difficult to see this lasting, though.

     

  58. 7.4km remaining from 163km

    16:37:51 CEST

    Last lap for Van Emden and his lead is holding!

     

  59. 16:39:19 CEST

    And now, as the road heads uphill, Van Emden is caught.

  60. 16:39:35 CEST

    Another crash.

     

  61. 16:40:35 CEST

    It's Sonny Colbrelli who hits the deck after making an attack. The Italian attacked by the barriers and then was flung to the ground. It's unclear if a spectator was involved or not. No other riders come down.

     

  62. 5km remaining from 163km

    16:41:15 CEST

    All together with 5km to go. Jose Joaquim Rojas attacks.

     

  63. 16:41:59 CEST

    Nizzolo, Modolo, Trentin, Arndt all in there.

     

  64. 16:42:36 CEST

    Nibali and his teammates are now in a group further back on the road. No worries for the Italian, who will now just roll home.

     

  65. 3km remaining from 163km

    16:43:57 CEST

    Trek now take it up through Alafaci. Katusha up there with two men. 

     

  66. 16:44:57 CEST

    Remember, many of the top sprinters that started the Giro (Kittel, Greipel, Ewan, Demare, Viviani) are not here. A great opportunity for the likes of Nizzolo. 

     

  67. 16:45:32 CEST

    Sean de Bie comes through on the left and accelerates off the front. He has a small gap.

  68. 16:45:40 CEST

    Flamme rouge!

     

  69. 16:46:04 CEST

    Nippo chase it down

     

  70. 16:46:24 CEST

    Final few hundred metres and Nizzzolo comes through

     

  71. 16:46:39 CEST

    Giacomo Nizzolo wins stage 21 of the Giro d'Italia

     

  72. 16:47:10 CEST

    Finally, Nizzolo the nearly-man has his Giro d'Italia stage win! 

     

  73. 16:47:54 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali crosses the line and is officially the winner of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

     

  74. 16:48:41 CEST

    Nibali messes around and joins arms with his Astana as he crosses the line. 

     

  75. 16:49:09 CEST

    Nizzolo is mobbed by friends and family after the finish line. How good must that feel. 

     

  76. 16:54:00 CEST

    Arndt was second there, and Trentin third. Modolo, who didn't look happy, was fourth. 

     

  77. 16:56:00 CEST

    Nizzolo came bursting through but as the road curved in the finishing straight he did veer over towards the barriers and into the line of Modolo.

     

     

     

  78. 16:56:33 CEST

    We've just grabbed a word with Modolo, and he is not happy with Nizzolo's sprint.

     

    "You saw it, if I hadn’t braked I’d have been in the barriers. Closing me in like that is dangerous.”

     

  79. 16:57:10 CEST

     

  80. 17:02:25 CEST

    Stage top 10

     

    1 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 03:48:18
    2 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
    3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
    4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
    5 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
    6 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    7 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
    8 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
    9 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
    10 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team

     

  81. 17:10:17 CEST

    Nizzolo speaks to TV

     

    “It’s finally come, I’m very happy with this win. I had to fight hard. It was hard to control, as a sprinter it was hard on the legs but in the end it was all up here [pointing to his head].

     

    "I don’t think it was an incorrect manoeuvre. Whoever is in front decides his line in the sprint.”

     

  82. 17:10:41 CEST

    Final general classification after stage 21


    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 86:32:49
    2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 00:00:52
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:01:17
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:01:50
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 00:04:37
    6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:08:31
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 00:11:47
    8 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 00:13:21
    9 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 00:14:09
    10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 00:16:2

     

  83. 17:15:32 CEST

    We understand that the race commissaires are still reviewing the sprint finish to decide if Nizzolo should be relegated.

     

  84. 17:16:03 CEST

    Nizzolo disqualified

     

  85. 17:17:14 CEST

    Breaking: The officials have ruled against Nizzolo and the stage win has been awarded to Nikias Arndt.

     

  86. 17:18:37 CEST

    Amazing news. Nizzolo, who thought he had FINALLY ended his wait for a Giro stage win, has been declassified. After all those celebrations.

     

  87. 17:19:16 CEST

    Meanwhile at the podium, the tifosi roar in anticipation of Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian comes out to lift the Giro trophy for a second time.

     

  88. 17:20:59 CEST

    ITALIA! Nibali joins in heartedly with the national anthem.

     

  89. 17:26:18 CEST

    New top 10

     

    New top 10


    1 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 03:48:18
    2 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
    3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
    4 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
    5 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    6 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
    7 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
    8 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
    9 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team
    10 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

     

  90. 17:33:02 CEST

    Nizzolo has to go onto the podium to collect his red jersey...and he does NOT look happy.

     

  91. 17:41:49 CEST

    Nikias Arndt is interviewed after being awarded the victory.

     

    "It's a good feeling to get the stage win. It was a hard race today and I think the team worked really hard for me. It was difficult to stay the whole day in position. In the end, it was a nice race with a good finish. I got a nice extra victory.


    "It was a difficult decision [official disqualified Giacomo Nizzolo for irregular sprinting]. It was a hard sprint with two hectic corners before hand. Everyone was very nervous and pushing each other. In the end, it was a decision of the jury about whether it was safe or not. For me it was a hard race."

     

  92. 17:42:26 CEST

    A shot of the finish

     

     

  93. 17:55:15 CEST

    Nibali with the 'never-ending trophy'

     

     

  94. 18:07:38 CEST

    Our stage report, with photos and results, can be found here

     

     

  95. 18:09:59 CEST

    That's it for our live coverage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. What a race it has been. The second half in particular provided drama that will not be forgotten in a hurry. 

     

    Thanks for joining us on this three-week journey. Onto the next one. 

     

     

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