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Giro d’Italia 2014: 9 days to go

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2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
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Mark Cavendish's (Omega Pharma QuickStep) in pink

Mark Cavendish's (Omega Pharma QuickStep) in pink
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Mark Cavendish and Paul Smith

Mark Cavendish and Paul Smith
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Ryder Hesjedal gives the thumbs up

Ryder Hesjedal gives the thumbs up
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins the opening stage of the Giro

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins the opening stage of the Giro
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Mark Cavendish is the first Giro d'Italia race leader of 2013

Mark Cavendish is the first Giro d'Italia race leader of 2013
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The Giro d'Italia starts in Naples on Saturaday

The Giro d'Italia starts in Naples on Saturaday
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Giro d'Italia 2013: The start in Naples

Giro d'Italia 2013: The start in Naples
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Mark Cavendish sits in the Omega Pharma - Quick Step train

Mark Cavendish sits in the Omega Pharma - Quick Step train
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Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) moved into the leader's jersey

Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) moved into the leader's jersey
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Champagne time for Team Sky

Champagne time for Team Sky
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) in pink

Luca Paolini (Katusha) in pink
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) made his Giro d'Italia debut in fine fashion with a solo victory on stage 3

Luca Paolini (Katusha) made his Giro d'Italia debut in fine fashion with a solo victory on stage 3
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Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) wins stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) wins stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia
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It was a tough day in the saddle for Giro leader Luca Paolini, but the 36-year-old Italian remains in the maglia rosa.

It was a tough day in the saddle for Giro leader Luca Paolini, but the 36-year-old Italian remains in the maglia rosa.
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Stage 4 did not go to plan for Bradley Wiggins (Sky) as he lost 17 seconds to his GC rivals.

Stage 4 did not go to plan for Bradley Wiggins (Sky) as he lost 17 seconds to his GC rivals.
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The Movistar team relax ahead of stage 4

The Movistar team relax ahead of stage 4
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Giro d'Italia stage 5 winner John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano)

Giro d'Italia stage 5 winner John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano)
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Maglia rosa wearer Luca Paolini (Katusha) celebrates another day in the Giro lead

Maglia rosa wearer Luca Paolini (Katusha) celebrates another day in the Giro lead
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Do you think John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) is happy about his first Giro stage victory?

Do you think John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) is happy about his first Giro stage victory?
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John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) hits the line first

John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) hits the line first
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Fabio Aru (Astana) leads the young rider classification

Fabio Aru (Astana) leads the young rider classification
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The color-coordinated French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

The color-coordinated French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
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GC leader Luca Paolini and mountains leader Giovanni Visconti ham it up before stage 6

GC leader Luca Paolini and mountains leader Giovanni Visconti ham it up before stage 6
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The classification leaders at the start of stage 6 (L-R): Luca Paolini, Giovanni Visconti, Fabio Aru and John Degenkolb

The classification leaders at the start of stage 6 (L-R): Luca Paolini, Giovanni Visconti, Fabio Aru and John Degenkolb
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A very banged-up Laurent Pichon (FDJ) soldiers on at the Giro d'Italia

A very banged-up Laurent Pichon (FDJ) soldiers on at the Giro d'Italia
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) beat Viviani and Bouhanni

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) beat Viviani and Bouhanni
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Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) savours his moment in pink

Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) savours his moment in pink
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Taylor Phinney at the start

Taylor Phinney at the start
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Luca Paolini in the maglia rosa before stage 7

Luca Paolini in the maglia rosa before stage 7
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Adam Hansen holds up the Australian flag

Adam Hansen holds up the Australian flag
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Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) wins the stage.

Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) wins the stage.
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) rounds a bend

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) rounds a bend
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A Cannondale rider crashes on a slippery road

A Cannondale rider crashes on a slippery road
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Ryder Hesjedal struggled on the course

Ryder Hesjedal struggled on the course
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Wilco Keldermann (Blanco)

Wilco Keldermann (Blanco)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) comes over the line in second place

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) comes over the line in second place
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Benat Intxausti slipped to 14th in GC

Benat Intxausti slipped to 14th in GC
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Rigoberto Uran (Sky) kept his spot in the top ten

Rigoberto Uran (Sky) kept his spot in the top ten
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in pink after stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in pink after stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia
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Alex Dowsett (Movistar) on the podium

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) on the podium
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Alex Dowsett (Movistar) on his way to the win

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) on his way to the win
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Matt Goss and Luke Durbridge at the start of the stage

Matt Goss and Luke Durbridge at the start of the stage
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Cadel Evans (BMC) once again had a strong day

Cadel Evans (BMC) once again had a strong day
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Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) was dropped on the final climb

Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) was dropped on the final climb
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Maxim Belkov (Katusha) wins stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia

Maxim Belkov (Katusha) wins stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia
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Carlos Betancur (AG2R) thought he'd won the stage

Carlos Betancur (AG2R) thought he'd won the stage
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Cadel Evans (BMC) moved into the red jersey having finished 5th

Cadel Evans (BMC) moved into the red jersey having finished 5th
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New maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at the stage 9 start line

New maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at the stage 9 start line
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Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) wins stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) wins stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia
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Rigoberto Uran (Sky) comes over the line to win stage 10

Rigoberto Uran (Sky) comes over the line to win stage 10
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Cadel Evans battles with Vincenzo Nibali

Cadel Evans battles with Vincenzo Nibali
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was dropped

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was dropped
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Rigoberto Uran (Sky) on the podium

Rigoberto Uran (Sky) on the podium
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The Giro d'Italia trophy on display in Cordenons prior to the start of stage 10

The Giro d'Italia trophy on display in Cordenons prior to the start of stage 10
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Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) on his way to winning stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) on his way to winning stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia
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Stage 11 winner Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) flies the Lithuania flag on the podium

Stage 11 winner Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) flies the Lithuania flag on the podium
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Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Sharp) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Sharp) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia
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Rafal Majka (Team Saxo - Tinkoff)

Rafal Majka (Team Saxo - Tinkoff)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) adds another maglia rosa to his collection

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) adds another maglia rosa to his collection
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Mark Cavendish won the 100th race in his career with today's victory in stage 12 of the Giro.

Mark Cavendish won the 100th race in his career with today's victory in stage 12 of the Giro.
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Giro d'Italia leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) makes his way to the podium after stage 12

Giro d'Italia leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) makes his way to the podium after stage 12
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Matteo Trentin celebrates his teammate Mark Cavendish's victory in Treviso.

Matteo Trentin celebrates his teammate Mark Cavendish's victory in Treviso.
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Mark Cavendish prevailed in Treviso on a rainy, miserable day.

Mark Cavendish prevailed in Treviso on a rainy, miserable day.
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Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) rues what might have been as he and his breakaway companions were caught within sight of the finish line.

Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) rues what might have been as he and his breakaway companions were caught within sight of the finish line.
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Mark Cavendish after winning at the Giro d'Italia

Mark Cavendish after winning at the Giro d'Italia
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A race moto crashes

A race moto crashes
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia
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Cavendish and Nibali ride side by side

Cavendish and Nibali ride side by side
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Mark Cavendish takes a corner on stage 13

Mark Cavendish takes a corner on stage 13
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Jack Bobridge picks himself up after crashing

Jack Bobridge picks himself up after crashing
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Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing first atop the Jafferau

Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing first atop the Jafferau
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Another day, another maglia rosa for Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Another day, another maglia rosa for Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) on the podium

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) on the podium
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Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)

Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) marks Cadel Evans (BMC)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) marks Cadel Evans (BMC)
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The snow made for some spectacular but cold racing in 2013

The snow made for some spectacular but cold racing in 2013
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) wins stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) wins stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia
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This one is for Tondo

This one is for Tondo
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Mark Cavendish turned 28 on the day of the Giro's 16th stage and the race organisation provided the Manxman with a cake

Mark Cavendish turned 28 on the day of the Giro's 16th stage and the race organisation provided the Manxman with a cake
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Maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali and maglia bianca Carlos Betancur await the start of stage 16

Maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali and maglia bianca Carlos Betancur await the start of stage 16
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Benat Intxausti gives Movistar back-to-back stage victories at the Giro d'Italia

Benat Intxausti gives Movistar back-to-back stage victories at the Giro d'Italia
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates a stage 17 victory in the Giro d'Italia

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates a stage 17 victory in the Giro d'Italia
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) counts how many stage wins so far this Giro

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) counts how many stage wins so far this Giro
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre Merida)

Michele Scarponi (Lampre Merida)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) powers towards the finish

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) powers towards the finish
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the podium

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the podium
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Snow lines the Passo del Tonale

Snow lines the Passo del Tonale
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) at the finish on Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) at the finish on Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Cadel Evans (BMC) is assisted after finishing in the snow on Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Cadel Evans (BMC) is assisted after finishing in the snow on Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Estonian champion Tanel Kangert worked hard for Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibal on the climb to the finish

Estonian champion Tanel Kangert worked hard for Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibal on the climb to the finish
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) takes his second stage win

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) takes his second stage win
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Fabio Aru (Astana) at the finish of stage 20 on Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Fabio Aru (Astana) at the finish of stage 20 on Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale) receives assistance at the finish of stage 20

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale) receives assistance at the finish of stage 20
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Giro leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) solos to victory on the final day in the mountains

Giro leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) solos to victory on the final day in the mountains
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Samuel Sanchez crosses the line

Samuel Sanchez crosses the line
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows the strain

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows the strain
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) chatting with his team car

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) chatting with his team car
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins the final stage into Brescia

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) wins the final stage into Brescia
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The Giro 2013 podium in Brescia

The Giro 2013 podium in Brescia
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is crowned the 2013 Giro d'Italia winner

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is crowned the 2013 Giro d'Italia winner
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Photo op time for 2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana teammates

Photo op time for 2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana teammates
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With nine days until the Grand Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia Cyclingnews continues it countdown to the race with a gallery of images to look back at the 2013 edition of the Corsa Rosa won by Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

Over the next nine days Cyclingnews will countdown to the 2014 Giro d’Italia with up to the minute news, special race and stage previews, exclusive interviews, special photo galleries, pre-race analysis and press conference coverage.

In 2013 Nibali won two stage wins and dominated the race for the pink jersey. He secured victory with a dominate ride in the snow to the final summit finish at Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) finished second overall, 4:43 down on Nibali. Cadel Evans (BMC) was third at 5:52.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claim five stages and the red points jersey. 

Snow and cold weather wreck havoc on the race. Stage 19 from Ponte di Legno to Vall Martell was cancelled and other stages were shortened. Riders finished the stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo covered in snow. It was a demanding edition of the Corsa Rosa but Cyclingnews photographer Tim de Waele captured some dramatic images.

Click here to look through the image gallery. 

The countdown to the Giro d'Italia:

10 day countdown starts here: A preview of the race route and big-name riders