Nibali wins 2013 Giro d'Italia

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claimed his fifth stage win of this year’s Giro d’Italia, winning the final stage into Brescia in thrilling fashion. The win was more than enough to seal his red jersey ambitions while Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished safely in the bunch to crown his first overall title in his home Grand Tour.

Cavendish’s sprint saw him finish clear of Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) and Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling) but the Manxman was forced to fight for his win after confusion reigned over the second intermediate sprint.

Coming into the stage Cavendish sat 11 points adrift of Nibali in the points classification and the British star snaffled up eight points at the first sprint of the day to reduce the deficit to just three points. With Nibali content to lose the jersey the first half of the stage became a procession.

For much of this year’s race foul weather has played a greater roll than many of the contenders or the parcours but the riders were rewarded with sunshine and blue skies at the start. Nibali, in all pink, with his teammates' Specialized bikes all wrapped with matching pink bar tape – a modest but stylish touch – was cheered to the rafters by the local tifosi as the bunch set out for the final 197 kilometres of this year’s race.

The procession continued virtually all the way until Brescia. Cavendish ticked off the first item on his shopping list with the first intermediate sprint, and Astana controlled a gentle pace as the race flirted with the outskirts of the city.

There was time for the peloton to bid farewell to Stefano Garzelli, winner of this race in 2000, and a seven-time stage winner, with the veteran allowed to ride free from the peloton onto the finishing circuit and soak up the cheers from the crowds in what is surely his last Giro

The 4.6 kilometre circuit, which the peloton would tackle seven times, was anything but a relaxing finale after three weeks of brutal racing. Replete with tight, twisting roads plus several 90 degree corners - it was nip and tuck as the peloton snaked through the opening sectors.

Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli) was the first rider to attack, but suddenly the cool, collected manner of QuickStep’s riding seemed to fade. The second intermediate sprint of the day was supposed to be in three laps' time but Cavendish was taking no chances, and made contact with Ermeti before then crossing the line first.

No confirmation followed, so while Ermeti had again jumped ahead in a solo attack, Omega Pharma-QuickStep reeled him in before the completion of the next lap and Cavendish was forced to once again make the effort. The eight points on offer would have taken him into the lead in the points competition but when it was finally confirmed that the next lap would settle the intermediate, Cavendish was forced, for a third time, to open up another sprint. Crossing the line first once more, Cavendish sealed the points classification and now turned his attention to winning the stage.

If Cavendish was beatable, surely it was now, and Viviani and his Cannondale comrades sensed blood when the 2011 World Champion was left with just two teammates inside the final two kilometres.

But Cavendish has proved on so many occasions that his sprinting isn’t just about speed. He and his final lead-out man stayed focused when Cannondale swarmed the front and when Modolo kicked for the line too soon Cavendish held back knowing that the headwind would see his Italian rider falter.

And so it proved, with Cavendish taking his fifth stage of this year’s race and completing a grand slam of Grand Tour points jerseys.

Nibali crossed the line a few seconds later in the safety of the main field to win his maiden Giro d’Italia crown and close out what has been a dominant stage racing performance.

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Full Results
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step5:30:09
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack LeopardRow 3 - Cell 2
5Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 6 - Cell 2
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Luca Paolini (Ita) KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 13 - Cell 2
15Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 14 - Cell 2
16Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 17 - Cell 2
19Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 20 - Cell 2
22Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 23 - Cell 2
25Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) ColombiaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 29 - Cell 2
31Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 32 - Cell 2
34Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack LeopardRow 37 - Cell 2
39Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 43 - Cell 2
45Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Yury Trofimov (Rus) KatushaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 51 - Cell 2
53Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:12
54Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:00:14
55Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 54 - Cell 2
56Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard0:00:16
57Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 57 - Cell 2
59Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:00:18
60Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:28
63Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 62 - Cell 2
64Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:34
65Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:37
66Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:39
67Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:40
68Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:44
71Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto BelisolRow 70 - Cell 2
72Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 71 - Cell 2
73Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 74 - Cell 2
76Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 75 - Cell 2
77Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 76 - Cell 2
78Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 79 - Cell 2
81Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto BelisolRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
90Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 90 - Cell 2
92Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 91 - Cell 2
93Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 97 - Cell 2
99Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 100 - Cell 2
102Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Pavel Brutt (Rus) KatushaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 105 - Cell 2
107Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Vladimir Gusev (Rus) KatushaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 108 - Cell 2
110Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:53
111Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:58
112Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:03
113Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 115 - Cell 2
117Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 116 - Cell 2
118Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 117 - Cell 2
119Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 118 - Cell 2
120Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:20
121Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack LeopardRow 120 - Cell 2
122Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:25
124Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:38
125Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) ColombiaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
128José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-SharpRow 128 - Cell 2
130Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 130 - Cell 2
132Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 131 - Cell 2
133Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 133 - Cell 2
135Jarlinson Pantano (Col) ColombiaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 135 - Cell 2
137Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) ColombiaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:43
139Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:48
140Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:51
141Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 140 - Cell 2
142Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 141 - Cell 2
143Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha0:02:12
144Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:17
145George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:02:20
146Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 145 - Cell 2
147Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 149 - Cell 2
151Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 150 - Cell 2
152Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 151 - Cell 2
153Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 153 - Cell 2
155Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 154 - Cell 2
156Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:32
157Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 156 - Cell 2
158Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 157 - Cell 2
159Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 159 - Cell 2
161Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 161 - Cell 2
163Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 162 - Cell 2
164Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 163 - Cell 2
165Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 164 - Cell 2
166Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:03:17
167Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 166 - Cell 2
168Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:07:02
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Points
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step25pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp