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Giro di Sicilia: Vincenzo Nibali snatches overall victory with solo attack

Vincenzo Nibali in the Giro di Sicilia winner's jersey
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) broke down in tears after winning the final stage of the Giro di Sicilia and snatching overall victory from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

The 36-year-old from Messina attacked on the key climb of the stage on the slopes of Mount Etna with 22km to go and never looked back. 

He cracked chaser Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Valverde was unable to stop the gap opening to 40 seconds at the summit of the Sciara di Scorciavacca climb. Nibali knew every corner of the fast descent to the finish and extended his lead to 49 seconds. 

He waved to the crowds as he reached the finish and broke into tears as he realised he had won his home race, close to his hometown of Messina, and won his first race for Trek-Segafredo after over two years without a victory. It was also his first professional victory in Sicily.

Simone Ravanelli (Androni Giocattoli) won the sprint for second, with Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) third. Nibali won the overall classification by 46 seconds, beating Valverde, with Covi third overall at 49 seconds. 

The 180km stage saw Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) go on the attack with a small group after a puncture cost him time on stage 3. They opened a 1:30 gap on the peloton on the Portella Mandrazzi climb on the slopes of Etna but were pulled back and the race came back together before the final climb. 

Nibali attacked alone and seemed unable to get more than a hundred metres on his rivals but then he accelerated again and Valverde - still recovering after fracturing his collarbone at the Vuelta a Espana - was unable to bring him back. 

Nibali dived down to the finish, unable to hold back the emotions of winning at home.   

“I cracked emotionally because this is my first win in Sicily. I grew up riding on these roads with my dad and my young teammates but then moved away to chase my dreams when I was a teenager. It’s always emotional to come back and especially to win,” Nibali explained. 

“I’ve had a lot of physical problems recently and so to win here wasn’t easy. But seeing my family and friends makes it all special and difficult to hold back my emotions. I knew the roads well, especially the final descent, even if I messed up a corner due to all the emotions but it was a special moment in my career. 

“I returned to racing at the Tour of Luxembourg after 20 days of training in Sicily in August. I felt good there and so it was even better here. Now we’ll see what we can do in the Italian one-day races. I’m focused on Il Lombardia, it’s an important race for me."

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 4:24:29
2Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:49
3Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
4Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
5Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
7Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
8Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
9Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
10David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
11Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
12Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
13Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
14Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
15Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:09
16James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
17Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
18Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:03:02
19Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore e Vita
20Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
21Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
22Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:08
23Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
24Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM
25Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-up Nation 0:05:09
26Alessio Martinelli (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
27Raul Colombo (Ita) IWD
28Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling
29Davide Orrico (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM 0:06:27
30Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:07:02
31Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling
32Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
33Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:08:25
34José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:43
35Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:11:01
36Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
37Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM
38Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
39Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
40Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
41Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
42Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
43Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:11:41
44Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
45Asbjorn Hellemose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
46Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:13:21
47Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
48Chris Froome (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
49Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
50Giacomo Garavaglia (Ita) IWD
51Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
52Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
53Iuri Filosi (Ita) Giotti Victoria-Savini Due 0:13:26
54Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy 0:16:08
55Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
56Florian Stork (Ger) Team DSM
57Michele Gazzoli (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
58Unai Iribar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
59Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
60Keegan Swirbul (USA) Rally Cycling 0:17:23
61Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy
62Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Gazprom-RusVelo
63Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
64Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
65Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team
66Nathan Brown (USA) Rally Cycling
67Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:20:44
68Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
69Ben King (USA) Rally Cycling 0:21:50
70Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Rally Cycling
71Abner González Rivera (PuR) Movistar Team
72Matteo Zurlo (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior 0:27:14
73Paolo Totò (Ita) Amore e Vita
74Mattia Benedetti (Ita) Amore & Vita Prodir
75Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
76Kristian Javier Yustre Rodriguez (Col) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
77Edoardo Faresin (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
78Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
79Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
80Alberto Serrano (Spa) Caja. Rural-Seguros RGA
81David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
82Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 0:30:14
83Giacomo Cassara (Ita) Amore & Vita Prodir 0:30:50
84Adriano Brogi (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 0:32:27
DNFJacopo Cortese (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFNiccolò Salvietti (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFNicola Plebani (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
DNFSamuel Quaranta (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
DNFGiovanni Bortoluzzi (Ita) Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek
DNFStefano Di Benedetto (Ita) IWD
DNFFrancesco Zandri (Ita) IWD
DNFAlex Tolio (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFKevin Vermaerke (USA) Team DSM
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizane
DNFJohnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFJhojan Garcia Susa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFIker Ballarin Manso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFDamiano Cima (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFNicolas Nesi (Ita) D'Amico um Tools
DNFDaniel Smarzaro (Ita) D'Amico um Tools
DNFPaolo Simion (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
DNFEmanuele Onesti (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
DNFFabio di Guglielmo (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFFrancesco Carollo (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFPaul Wright (NZl) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFSergio Meris (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
DNFLuca Rastelli (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan
DNFFederico Burchio (Ita) IWD
DNFEric Paties Montagner (Ita) IWD
DNFStefano Gandin (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFRiccardo Verza (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFMatteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFSamuele Zambelli (Ita) Iseo-Rime-Carnovali
DNFEnrico Zanoncello (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFOrluis Alberto Aular Sanabria (Ven) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFJokin Aranburu Arruti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFNikolay Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFMaksym Bilyi (Ukr) D'Amico um Tools
DNFLorenzo Quartucci (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFEmil Dima (Rom) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
DNFFrancesco Di Felice (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFPaul Double (GBr) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNSKamil Gradek (Pol) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM

Final general classification after stage 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 18:09:50
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:46
3Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:49
4Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:55
5Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:00:58
6Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:00:59
7Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
8Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
9Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:03
11Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:09
12Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:26
13David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:31
14Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:33
15Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:19
16James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:46
17Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:53
18Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:03:08
19Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:03:22
20Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:39
21Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore e Vita 0:03:46
22Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:28
23Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:04:45
24Alessio Martinelli (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan 0:05:19
25Raul Colombo (Ita) IWD 0:06:06
26Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-up Nation 0:06:37
27Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling 0:07:12
28Davide Orrico (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM 0:07:50
29Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:11:10
30Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:11:13
31Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:11:21
32Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:11:25
33José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:32
34Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:11:53
35Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:12:01
36Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 0:12:48
37Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:14:05
38Asbjørn Hellemose (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:10
39Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:14:38
40Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
41Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:15:52
42Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:17
43Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling 0:16:34
44Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team 0:17:43
45Iuri Filosi (Ita) Giootti Victoria-Savini Due 0:18:25
46Nathan Brown (USA) Rally Cycling 0:18:30
47Florian Stork (Ger) Team DSM 0:19:08
48Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:19:11
49Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM 0:20:21
50Unai Iribar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:20:59
51Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
52Mason Hollyman (GBr) Israel Cycling Academy 0:22:02
53Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:22:26
54Ben King (USA) Rally Cycling 0:24:19
55Giacomo Garavaglia (Ita) IWD 0:24:46
56Chris Froome (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
57Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
58Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:27:12
59Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:27:14
60Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:28:48
61Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:31:53
62Michele Gazzoli (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan 0:32:21
63Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
64Charles-Étienne Chretien (Can) Rally Cycling) 0:33:13
65Abner González Rivera (PuR) Movistar Team 0:33:15
66Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:33:36
67Keegan Swirbul (USA) Rally Cycling 0:34:58
68Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:36:06
69Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:36:37
70Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:36:53
71David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:38:39
72Kristian Javier Yustre Rodriguez (Col) Giotti Victoria Savini Due
73Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy 0:38:53
74Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:40:18
75Matteo Zurlo (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior 0:43:24
76Alberto Serrano (Spa) Caha Rural-Serguros RGA 0:43:27
77Paolo Totò (Ita) Amore e Vita
78Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
79Edoardo Faresin (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
80Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
81Mattia Benedetti (Ita) Amore & Vita Prodir 0:45:22
82Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 0:46:27
83Adriano Brogi (Ita) Giotti Victoria Savini Due 0:48:40
84Giacomo Cassara (Ita) Amore & Vita Prodir 0:48:58
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