Nibali sparkles but Lombardy victory eludes home riders

Italy’s long wait for a classics victory stretched to three years after the home challenge fell short at the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday. While Ivan Basso (4th) was their best-placed rider, it was his Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Vincenzo Nibali who set Italian hearts aflutter when he sallied clear with an ambitious move on the Madonna di Ghisallo.

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