Live Coverage of Giro d'Italia - Stage 21

Race overview:

Distance: 163km

Start Location: Cuneo

End Location: Torino

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the 21st and final stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, a 163km trip from Cuneo to Turin. 

 

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Stage 20: Nibali secures maglia rosa, Taaramae wins in Sant’Anna di Vinadio

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Live commentary by Patrick Fletcher

  1. 15:23:45 CEST

    We have our first attacks of the day! The LottoNL-Jumbo duo of Jos van Emden and Maarten Tjallingii make their way off the front and start trading turns. 

     

  2. 15:14:43 CEST

    Incidentally, the conditions have tried up in Turin, and the road surfaces appear to be dry. There are still dark clouds looming, though.

     

  3. 15:12:39 CEST

    As the Etixx team said in that tweet, there are cobbles on parts of this circuit. They're not the small, jagged stones you might see in the Classics but rather wide large slabs. Still, could be slippy in the wt. 

     

  4. 15:07:40 CEST

    The average speed over the first two hours of 'racing' has been 39.2km/h. That's fairly quick, considering. 

     

  5. 15:00:49 CEST

    White jersey wearer and best young rider Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) on the right. What a Giro he's had - the Luxembourg rider is going to finish 6th overall.

     

  6. 14:57:21 CEST

    88km remaining from 163km

    75 kilometres covered now and the next big event on today's stage is the feed zone. 

     

  7. 14:51:08 CEST

    The pink and red jerseys, compatriots Nibali and Nizzolo, enjoying a catch-up on this relaxed afternoon. 

     

     

  8. 14:50:07 CEST

    The weather out on the road is getting a bit nicer...

     

  9. 14:46:43 CEST

    • Red Jersey

    There are more points on offer for the stage win that the intermediates but a good start for Nizzolo. However, you sense he'd trade in every single point to get his hands on that elusive Giro stage victory. 

     

  10. 14:43:58 CEST

    Nizzolo does indeed strike out and he earns himself maximum points. Ulissi's teammate Sacha Modolo comes across second, while Trentin is third. 

     

     

     

  11. 14:38:25 CEST

    We're coming up to the intermediate sprint. Nizzolo, Ulissi and Trentin can all be expected to show an interest. 

     

  12. 14:24:59 CEST

    We've covered around 55 kilometres so it won't be long until we reach the intermediate sprint point in Racconigi. That comes at around 63km. 

  13. 14:16:11 CEST

    The riders covered 35.9km in the first hour of racing. Leisurely.

     

  14. 14:06:46 CEST

    Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) has abandoned the race. It seems he was caught up in that small crash mentioned before. 

     

  15. 13:59:41 CEST

    Katusha have also posted a video of the massive raindrops bucketing down in Turin. 

     

    If the rain continues to come down like that it's going to make for a dangerous finale. The circuit isn't overly technical but there are two 90-degree bends inside the final kilometre. 

     

  16. 13:53:29 CEST

    This image just posted on Twitter by the Katusha team shows that the rain is indeed coming down hard in Turin.

     

     

  17. 13:45:57 CEST

    Nibali isn't holding back with his celebrations. The Italian rocked up at the start today with a completely pink bike, including a glossy pink paintjob for the frame. You can have a closer look in our gallery.

     

    Nibali gets glossy pink bike to celebrate Giro d'Italia victory - Gallery

     

     

  18. 13:38:33 CEST

    There's a small crash involving some BMC and Orica-GreenEdge riders but it looks like everyone is bike on their bikes pretty swiftly.

     

  19. 13:26:34 CEST

    Nibali and his Astana teammates are given the opportunity to indulge in a spot of celebration.

     

     

  20. 13:20:52 CEST

    148km remaining from 163km

    Just under 15 kilometres covered as the bunch simply rolls along

     

  21. 13:13:48 CEST

    There has been talk of neutralising some of the racing today

     

    There was wet weather at the start in Cuneo and there may well be wet weather in Turin with dark clouds looming. The course is dry from about the half-way stage but the raining is moving north. 

     

    There has been talk of neutralising some of the laps of Turin if the heavy rain does materialise. Organisers will no doubt have a plan in place and will make a decision once the race is nearer to Turin.

     

  22. 13:07:54 CEST

    As might be expected, the opening kilometres of this stage have been raced in relaxed fashion, with the peloton all together for the moment.

  23. 13:05:06 CEST

    Here is Nizzolo at the start today. The Italian won the red jersey last year but is known for his remarkable string of near misses in Giro sprints. He has never managed to win a stage and even when presented with the chance of his life on stage 17, with most of the top sprinters like Kittel and Greipel absent, the fates found a way to deny him as Roger Kluge took an unlikely solo win. 

     

    Is today finally the day for Giacomo Nizzolo?

     

  24. 12:56:19 CEST

    The jersey wearers today

     

    Pink (overall): Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

    Red (points): Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

    White (young rider): Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep)

    Blue (mountains): Mikel NIeve (Team Sky)

     

    Realistically, the red jersey is the only one that can change hands. Nizzolo leads with 185 points but Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi is second on 152, with Etixx's Matteo Trentin on 141. With two intermediate sprints and a sprint finish, there's plenty of chance for a points swing. 

  25. 12:49:46 CEST

    And we're off! The riders have just been given the go ahead to begin the roll-out.

     

     

     

  26. 12:44:26 CEST

    This is how the general classification stands. 

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 82:44:31
    2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:52
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:17
    4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:50
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:04:37
    6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:08:31
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11:47
    8 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:13:21
    9 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:14:09
    10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 0:16:20

     

  27. 12:42:45 CEST

    Let's just remind ourselves how Nibali has come to find himself in this position, because you'd have been laughed out of the room for suggesting this 48 hours ago. Here's our report from a thrilling stage 20 yesterday.

     

    Giro d'Italia: Nibali secures maglia rosa on stage 20

     

  28. 12:41:13 CEST

    The riders have all signed on and are about to roll out of a very wet Cuneo for what is set to be a leisurely day in the saddle.

     

  29. 12:39:27 CEST

    And this is what Vincenzo Nibali stands to win at the end of the day. 

     

     

  30. 12:33:51 CEST

    The winner of the Giro (barring accident or the extraordinary) emerges from his team bus. 

     

  31. 12:32:50 CEST

    So, a nice easy start to the day with a gentle downhill, where no doubt everyone will be in relaxed mood - some celebratory. We then hit Turin for some local laps where the sprinters - if there are any left? - will come to the for one last hurrah. It's a typical final stage to a Grand Tour.

  32. 12:27:15 CEST

    Here's the stage profile

     

     

  33. 12:24:38 CEST

    Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia. This is it. This is where the road ends. The 21st and final stage. It really has been a great Giro and we're going to see it off in style. 

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