Vincenzo Nibali suffers to limit damage in first test at Giro d’Italia

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Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) working to limit his losses on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

It wasn’t quite the passing of the torch, but the Colle Passerino offered some indications of Trek-Segafredo’s approach to this Giro d’Italia. Just as Vincenzo Nibali was beginning to flag towards the rear of the group of favourites, his teammate Giulio Ciccone was handed the freedom to go on the offensive.

As recently as last October, when Nibali’s leadership was absolute, Ciccone would surely have been delegated to stay with the Sicilian on this, the first general classification skirmish of the Giro. With Nibali still feeling his way back into action after breaking his wrist in training last month, however, Ciccone has a greater degree of latitude.

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