Nibali wins Italy's GP Camaiore one-day race

Liquigas rider overcomes Tour de France fever

Vincenzo Nibali held on to his excellent form from the Tour de France to score a solo win in the GP Camaiore – the second victory for him this year after the Giro dell'Appenino.

After coming in seventh overall at the Tour, the "shark of the strait" as he's nicknamed in reference to his Sicilian origins, the young Italian fell ill, but rebounded in a spectacular way on Saturday.

"When I came back from Paris, I had fever for two days and I was forced to cancel a few criteriums," Nibali explained. "Because of that, I didn't expect to be in such a good form here but with three laps to go (about 60km), I've told my teammates that I was feeling great."

After a long breakaway of Matteo Montaguti (LPR) and Dainius Kairelis (Ceramica Flaminia) from kilometre 30 through 142, the Liquigas rider forged his success on the last ascent to the Monte Pitoro where he went away with defending champion Leonardo Bertagnolli (Diquigiovanni), Massimo Giunti (Miche) and Giampaolo Caruso (Ceramica Flaminia).

Nibali dropped them off in the downhill with 5km to go. "I felt I would have lost the sprint against Bertagnolli and Giunti," he justified. "I have already proven in the past that I'm good going downhill. I never looked back and I felt in the last kilometre that I had made it."

On Monday, Nibali will start a 10-day training camp with Liquigas in San Pellegrino before returning to competition to the Eneco Tour, then to the GP Plouay where he collected his first big pro win three years ago.

There's no Vuelta a Espana on his race schedule. He will instead take on a series of races leading up to the World championship, providing that Italian technical director Franco Ballerini will select him.

The former winner of Paris-Roubaix was impressed by Nibali's ride on the roads of Tuscany. He acknowledged that the course in Mendrisio suits the "shark of the straits" who might well be a card for Italy to play towards the succession of Alessandro Ballan.

Full Results
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas4:21:29 
2Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:00:09 
3Massimo Giunti (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
4Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
5Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team0:00:10 
6Daniele Colli (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
7Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Centri Della Calzatura  
8Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A Style  
9Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini  
10Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
11Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Team Utensilnord  
12Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
13Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
14Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD  
15Fortunato Baliani (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
16Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
17Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri Della Calzatura  
18Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
19Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
20Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
21Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
22Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
23Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Team Utensilnord  
24Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's  
25Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
26Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Centri Della Calzatura  
27Nikita Novikov (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team  
28Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini  
29Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
30Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
31Santo Anza' (Ita) ISD  
32Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
33Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Barloworld0:00:19 
34Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld0:01:27 
35Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's  
36Bjorn Thurau (Ger) ELK Haus  
37Rafael Maika (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
38Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
39Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini  
40Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's  
41Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
42Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:02:54 
43Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas  
44Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro - A Style  
45Antonio D'aniello (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
46Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
47Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld  
48Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
49Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
50Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld  
51Evgeny Popov (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team  
52Stanislav Starodubtsev (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team0:03:24 
53Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team0:04:29 
54Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
55Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD  
56Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
57Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Carmiooro - A Style0:04:37 
58Andrea Moletta (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:05:29 
59John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld0:05:32 
60Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:06:15 
61Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD  
62Pierpaolo Tondo (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
63Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD  
64Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
65Simone Stortoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
66Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Liquigas  
67Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas  
68Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas  
69Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini  
70Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas  
71Luigi Sestili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
72Fabio Taborre (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
73Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A Style  
74Diego Genovesi (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
75Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus  
76Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
77Fabio Terrenzio (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style0:06:51 
78Davide Torosantucci (Ita) Centri Della Calzatura  
79Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:08:25 
80Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
81Harald Totschnig (Aut) ELK Haus  
82Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
83Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Katyusha Continental Team  
84Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
85Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:09:15 

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