'Something strange, a sort of magical feeling' - Nibali calls time on career at home in Messina

Vincenzo Nibali during his final Giro d'Italia
Vincenzo Nibali during his final Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On the other side of Messina's sickle-shaped harbour, the sun poured down like honey on the golden statue of Our Lady of the Letter. Directly opposite, in a makeshift television studio on the waterfront on Corso Garibaldi, the city's living landmark was blinking back tears as he announced his retirement from professional cycling.

"I wanted to confirm that this is my last Giro and my last season," Vincenzo Nibali told RAI television's Processo alla Tappa programme after he had completed stage 5 in the body of the peloton.

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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.