Nibali wins 2016 Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) wrapped up his second Giro d'Italia victory on a final stage that culminated in controversy as Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was retrospectively relegated for an improper sprint, leaving Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) with the stage win.

Nizzolo, who has finished second no fewer than nine times at the Giro – and third a further four times – thought he had finally secured a maiden stage win, and duly celebrated wildly as he crossed the line in Turin. However, half an hour later, after a lengthy review of the footage, race commissaires ruled that he had deviated from his line in veering left and forcing out compatriot Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).

Nizzolo showed the fastest finishing speed after a disorganised finale in a sodden Turin, but the win went to Arndt, who had emerged as the best of the rest to Nizzolo's right. Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) was bumped up to second, and Modolo third.

"It's a good feeling to get the stage win," said Arndt of his first Grand Tour victory. "It was a hard race today and I think the team worked really hard for me. It was difficult to stay the whole day in position. In the end, it was a nice race with a good finish. I got a nice extra victory.

"It was a difficult decision," said the German of Nizzolo's disqualification. "It was a hard sprint with two hectic corners beforehand. Everyone was very nervous and pushing each other. In the end, it was a decision of the jury about whether it was safe or not. For me it was a hard race."

Nizzolo did win the points classification for a second straight year but that was scant consolation and he wore a face of stone as he went onto the podium to collect his red jersey.

"Karma is against me; I don't know what I have done wrong to have this," he said after a golden opportunity had passed him by on stage 17, and the sense of frustration will have only now intensified.

"In our hearts we know who was the fastest in stage 21 of the 2016 Giro," read a pointed reaction on Twitter from the Trek-Segafredo team.

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GC times neutralised

It was never a real possibility that Vincenzo Nibali would lose his race lead on the largely processional final stage, but the Italian could relax more than usual as the GC race was neutralised due to the wet conditions in Turin.

By the time the peloton rolled in for the first of eight local laps, the heavens had opened and the road surfaces were wet, causing race officials to take GC times on the first crossing of the line.

That meant Nibali didn't even need to finish in the bunch to secure his fourth Grand Tour victory; he just needed to complete the stage and he did so after joining arms with a couple of his teammates on the home straight.

He had done the same with every member of his team in the celebratory early phases of the 163km stage from Cuneo to Turin. He was even riding a outlandish glossy pink bike as he revelled in the occasion at the end of what had been a highly pressurised Giro for the home favourite.

"It's been an extremely difficult Giro but there is great joy now," said the Italian, who looked down and out after 18 stages but roared back with a remarkable comeback for the ages.

"The hardest day was the time trial [stage 15], it didn't go as I wanted, the feelings weren't great, I wasn't going well, I had a few stomach problems, then had a bit of a down moment, But in the last week I started to feel better and now I'm at the top of the GC. To be here today with all my family is amazing – it's hard to express everything that I'm feeling."

A chaotic finale

The wet weather, which accompanied the riders all the way from Cuneo, did leave its mark on the race, with three riders forced to abandon as a result of crashes.

Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) came down in a small spill early on and suffered a suspected fractured shoulder blade. Once onto the finishing circuit there was a nasty collision involving several riders. Movistar's Jasha Sutterlin, riding his debut Grand Tour, and Dimension Data's Johann van Zyl, riding his first Giro, were the worst affected and both of their races ended in ambulances rather than in celebration.

The slippery conditions might have been favourable to a breakaway hopeful and Maarten Tjallingii, who had gone on the attack on the opening road stage in his Native Holland three weeks ago, skipped clear with his LottoNL-Jumbo teammate Jos Van Emden.

A chase group briefly formed behind but they never really cooperated, while the Dutch duo worked well together and held their lead onto the last lap. It was Van Emden who held on for the longest but he was caught with 6km to go and as soon as that had happened, Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) attacked. The Italian, however, was immediately on the deck as he veered to the side of the road and seemingly made contact with a spectator.

The final kilometres were messy as Sean de Bie (Lotto Soudal) rode off the front and held a gap into the final 300 metres. The fast men were winding up behind, though, for what turned out to be a controversial sprint, and not one that Nizzolo will forget any time soon.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin3:48:18
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 5 - Cell 2
7Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 10 - Cell 2
12Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 23 - Cell 2
25Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 24 - Cell 2
27Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
28Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 26 - Cell 2
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
30Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
31Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
32Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 30 - Cell 2
33Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
34Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
35Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 33 - Cell 2
36Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension DataRow 34 - Cell 2
37Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJRow 35 - Cell 2
38Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 36 - Cell 2
39Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 37 - Cell 2
40Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
41Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
42Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
43Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
44Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 42 - Cell 2
45Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
46Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 44 - Cell 2
47Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
48Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
49Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
50Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
51Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
53Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
54Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
55Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 52 - Cell 2
56Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 53 - Cell 2
57Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
58Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 55 - Cell 2
59Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 56 - Cell 2
60Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 57 - Cell 2
61Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 58 - Cell 2
62Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
63Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 60 - Cell 2
64Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 61 - Cell 2
65Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 62 - Cell 2
66Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
67Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
68Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 65 - Cell 2
69Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 66 - Cell 2
70Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 67 - Cell 2
71Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
72Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
73Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
74Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 71 - Cell 2
75Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
76Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
77Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
78Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension DataRow 75 - Cell 2
79Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 76 - Cell 2
80Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 77 - Cell 2
81Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 78 - Cell 2
82Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
83Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 80 - Cell 2
84Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 81 - Cell 2
85Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 82 - Cell 2
86Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 83 - Cell 2
87Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 84 - Cell 2
88Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
89Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 86 - Cell 2
90Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
91Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 88 - Cell 2
92Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 89 - Cell 2
93Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
94Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
95Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
96Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 93 - Cell 2
97Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
98Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
99Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 96 - Cell 2
100Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 97 - Cell 2
101Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 98 - Cell 2
102Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 99 - Cell 2
103Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 100 - Cell 2
104Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
105Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
106Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 103 - Cell 2
107Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 104 - Cell 2
108Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 105 - Cell 2
109Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 106 - Cell 2
110Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
111Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 108 - Cell 2
112Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 109 - Cell 2
113Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 110 - Cell 2
114Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension DataRow 111 - Cell 2
115Rein Taaramae (Est) Team KatushaRow 112 - Cell 2
116Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 113 - Cell 2
117Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 114 - Cell 2
118Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
119Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
120Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 117 - Cell 2
121Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 118 - Cell 2
122Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 119 - Cell 2
123Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 120 - Cell 2
124Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 121 - Cell 2
125Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 122 - Cell 2
126José Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
127Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
128Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 125 - Cell 2
129Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 126 - Cell 2
130Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 127 - Cell 2
131Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 128 - Cell 2
132Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 129 - Cell 2
133Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
134Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 131 - Cell 2
135Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 132 - Cell 2
136Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 133 - Cell 2
137Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
138Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 135 - Cell 2
139Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 136 - Cell 2
140Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 137 - Cell 2
141Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
142Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 139 - Cell 2
143Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 140 - Cell 2
144Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 141 - Cell 2
145Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 142 - Cell 2
146Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 143 - Cell 2
147Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 144 - Cell 2
148Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 145 - Cell 2
149Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 146 - Cell 2
150Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 147 - Cell 2
151Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 148 - Cell 2
152Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 149 - Cell 2
153Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 150 - Cell 2
154Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFJohann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFLars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 154 - Cell 2
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin50pts
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step43Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida37Row 2 - Cell 3
4Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo24Row 3 - Cell 3
5Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo20Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha18Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal14Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo12