Vincenzo Nibali’s retirement leaves void for Giro d’Italia

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) riding with team to finish on Mount Etna on stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Vincenzo Nibali didn’t dominate his era at the Giro d’Italia as remorselessly as Alfredo Binda or Eddy Merckx, but he defined it in the manner of Francesco Moser or Felice Gimondi. In the annals of the race, he will be the central character in any retelling of the past dozen years or so.

His retirement at the end of this season leaves an obvious hole in the overarching narrative of the Giro. For more than half his career, Nibali, and Nibali alone, carried home hopes at the Giro. Between 2010 and 2019, he placed on the podium six times in six participations, winning the race outright in 2013 and 2016.

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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.