Vincenzo Nibali: I don't have many seasons left, so I think it was right to honour the Giro d'Italia

Italian fans cheer on Vincenzo Nibali on Alpe Motta on stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia
Italian fans cheer on Vincenzo Nibali on Alpe Motta on stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It wasn't supposed to end like this, but, in the circumstances, it could hardly have ended much differently. For six appearances in succession, Vincenzo Nibali's Giro d'Italia finished with a trip to the podium. This year, like last, his race finished 50 metres away from the dais on Piazza del Duomo, as he settled into the back seat of a Trek-Segafredo van.

The final starters – maglia rosa Egan Bernal, Damiano Caruso and Simon Yates – were only beginning their efforts as Nibali completed his. The Sicilian broke his wrist in training three weeks before the Giro, and although he recovered quickly enough to start, that would be his only victory this May.

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