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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) powers towards the finish
A closer look at the stage winner's bike
The rider and his staff rode reconnaissance over the 20.6 kilometre stage in the morning and Mondini described to Cyclingnews what bike Nibali would be racing. The maglia rosa chose a Tarmac, one of Specialized’s flagship road models, instead of a time trial machine.
Wheels were also a factor, and Mondini ran through the components Nibali would ride with, right down the gear selection. Mondini predicted that the rider would possibly crack the top three on the stage, but Nibali used the stage to demonstrate his unbeatable form, winning by almost a minute.