No home comfort as Vincenzo Nibali slips out of Giro d’Italia GC on Mount Etna

ETNA PIAZZALE RIFUGIO SAPIENZA ITALY MAY 10 Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Team Astana Qazaqstan competes during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 4 a 172km stage from Avola to Etna Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza 1899m Giro WorldTour on May 10 2022 in Etna Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Vincenzo Nibali’s homecoming to Messina at the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday was never likely to feature a day in the maglia rosa, despite the optimism provoked by his strong showing in the short time trial in Budapest over the weekend.

Mount Etna is a large part of Nibali’s origin story – the tale of how he needed to be towed by his mother’s car on his first ascent as a ten-year-old has been dusted off repeatedly during his career – but on Tuesday, it signalled the end of his overall ambitions at this Giro d'Italia.

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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.