The Italian grand tour ended today with Vincenzo Nibali, Astana Pro, taking top podium spot. Nibali made a huge effort on the stage 20 which encompasses killer climbs. He held enough time to easily take victory in today’s stage which was classified as a flat stage.
It wouldn’t be the Giro without controversy. The final sprint finish saw Giacomo Nizzolo, Trek, cross the line first but he was relegated because he swerved, cutting off another sprinter. Nikias Arndt, Giant, was awarded the win.
The team from Kazakhstan can count this year’s Giro as a victory with both the overall winner and top team points. This was Nibali’s second time to stand in top spot at the Giro.
Crashes part way through today’s stage separated the peloton and made it impossible for some sprinters caught out behind the melee. Then the race organizers announced an end to the GC competition.
Superstar Alberto Contador, Tinkoff, was absent from the Giro this year as he is preparing for the Tour de France and the road race at the Rio Olympics in August. He will be competing against Nibali for top honours.
The Olympic men’s course will be a challenging 256.5 km route that has four category one climbs in it.
Giro 2016 Finish (3469 km)
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