Nibali on the podium of the Giro!
Milano, May 28th – Vincenzo Nibali finishes third overall in the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. Good performance of the Shark in the closing Individual Time Trial (Monza-Milano, 29,3 km) in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Nasser.
Team BAHRAIN MERIDA are proud to celebrate the first ever final podium in its Grand Tour debut. In the prestigious 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, Vincenzo Nibali is third overall behind the Pink Jersey Tom Dumoulin and Nairo Quintana.
On the podium in Milan the Shark has the honour to be awarded by His Highness Sheikh Nasser, who joined the Team for the last crucial weekend to support them until the last seconds.
The seconds of the closing Individual Time Trial were, indeed, the judge of this Giro. 29,3 km for the glory from the home straight of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to Piazza Duomo Milano and with 4 contenders for the Pink Jersey (Quintana, Nibali +39”, Pinot +43” and Dumoulin +53” – in GC order).
As predicted, Tom Dumoulin did not fail to be the fastest, becoming the first Dutchman to win the Giro. Team BAHRAIN MERIDA captain showed a good performance (13th at +1’09” by the winner Van Emden), but it was not enough to outclass Quintana in the general classification, finishing nine second down on him. So the Colombian took second (+31”) and Nibali third (+40”). This is the second tightest podium ever: just 40 seconds between the winner and the rider who came third.
“I did the best I could” says Vincenzo after the podium ceremony “Both today in the Time Trial as well as in the whole Giro. Unfortunately I had two bad days: the Blockhaus and Oropa, where I lost 30”/40”. But I’m not disappointed because I know that I gave it all, until the end. Dumoulin deserved this success and for sure the Time Trial revealed to be the key of this year’s Giro. I was here to win it, but I know that I gave my best and so I have no regrets”.
It’s the fifth Giro final podium for Vincenzo Nibali in seven years: two victories (2013, 2016), one second place (2011) and two third places (2010, 2017). It’s his ninth podium in a Grand Tour.
Besides the third overall, Vincenzo Nibali won the “Trofeo Bonacossa”. The prize is awarded by a jury of journalists for the “greatest exploit” of the Giro.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 31″
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) at 40″
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