Start Location: Cuneo
End Location: Torino
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.
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.
Incidentally, the conditions have tried up in Turin, and the road surfaces appear to be dry. There are still dark clouds looming, though.
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.
In #Giro stage 21, the peloton will cover 8 times a circuit which includes cobbles and some pretty tricky corners.
@Etixx_QuickStep Sun, 29th May 2016 13:03:29
The average speed over the first two hours of 'racing' has been 39.2km/h. That's fairly quick, considering.
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.
75 kilometres covered now and the next big event on today's stage is the feed zone.
The pink and red jerseys, compatriots Nibali and Nizzolo, enjoying a catch-up on this relaxed afternoon.
The weather out on the road is getting a bit nicer...
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.
Nizzolo does indeed strike out and he earns himself maximum points. Ulissi's teammate Sacha Modolo comes across second, while Trentin is third.
We're coming up to the intermediate sprint. Nizzolo, Ulissi and Trentin can all be expected to show an interest.
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.
#Giro Unfortunately Lars Bak had to abandon the race after a crash. He probably has a fractured shoulder blade.
@Lotto_Soudal Sun, 29th May 2016 12:14:17
The riders covered 35.9km in the first hour of racing. Leisurely.
Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) has abandoned the race. It seems he was caught up in that small crash mentioned before.
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.
This image just posted on Twitter by the Katusha team shows that the rain is indeed coming down hard in Turin.
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.
There's a small crash involving some BMC and Orica-GreenEdge riders but it looks like everyone is bike on their bikes pretty swiftly.
Nibali and his Astana teammates are given the opportunity to indulge in a spot of celebration.
Just under 15 kilometres covered as the bunch simply rolls along
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.
As might be expected, the opening kilometres of this stage have been raced in relaxed fashion, with the peloton all together for the moment.
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?
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.
And we're off! The riders have just been given the go ahead to begin the roll-out.
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
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.
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.
And this is what Vincenzo Nibali stands to win at the end of the day.
The winner of the Giro (barring accident or the extraordinary) emerges from his team bus.
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.
Here's the stage profile
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.