Nibali: I went into crisis a little bit on Blockhaus

Three times Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) followed Nairo Quintana's accelerations on the Blockhaus on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia, but on the fourth attempt, the mountain delivered its inexorable verdict. On gradients of 14 per cent, Quintana bobbed his way clear, and this time Nibali could muster no response. He sat into his saddle with an air of finality, and the gap opened slowly, but remorselessly.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.