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Vincenzo Nibali wins the Queen’s stage of the Giro d’Italia

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Vincenzo Nibali wins the Queen’s stage of the Giro d’Italia

At the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia the cycling nation that is Italy had to be patient to celebrate a stage win for a long time. But Vincenzo Nibali chose the Queen’s stage that lead over the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Umbrail passes in succession to get his stage win. The captain of the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM beat Mikel Landa in the two-man sprint to the line and moved up to 3rd in the overall standings.

Throughout the initial two and a half weeks of the Giro d’Italia the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM had repeatedly aimed at winning a stage. But both Giovanni Visconti and Vincenzo Nibali missed out on this objective repeatedly: On the day after the long individual time trial Visconti made the jump into a large group of attackers and finished the 11th stage in 5th. While the next two stages were mostly flat and decided in bunch sprints, Vincenzo Nibali came back to the fore in the 14th stage that featured a mountaintop finish in Oropa. Nibali matched the pace of the strongest climbers for quite a while, but then he lost contact and had to let some of his rivals pass him on the finishing straight. He crossed the finish line in 7th, right ahead of his team mate Franco Pellizotti.

But the captain of the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM was far from giving up on his ambitions. In the finale of the 15th stage his team mates set a blistering pace. But Bob Jungels anticipated the attack of Vincenzo Nibali, setting up a sprint of 12 riders for the stage win in Bergamo where Nibali finished in 7th, heading into the races third rest day in 4th place in the overall. The day after the Queen’s stage of the 100. Giro d’Italia from Rovett to Bormio led over iconic climbs such as the Mortirolo, the Stelvio and the Umbrail. While overall leader Tom Dumoulin struggled with digestive problems, Vincenzo Nibali kept up with the best climbers in the peloton. With 20 kilometers to go, he attacked on the Umbrail pass, caught up with race leader Mikel Landa on the descent to Bormio and beat the rider from the Basque country in the sprint. With this long-awaited stage win, he redeemed the cycling nation of Italy and his team alike, moving into 3rd place in the overall standings.

At the Tour of Japan, the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM is competing with a young team: Apart from Chun-kai Feng the team has lined up Jon Ander Insausti, Domen Novak, David Per and Ivan Garcia Cortina in Japan. The latter rode a strong prologue in Sakai, finishing in 3rd. In the next two stages, the young Spaniard finished in 6th place. As for the overall standings, Garcia Cortina is still in 3rd place, and he’s also wearing the jersey of the best young rider.   

100th Giro d’Italia: Stage 16: Rovett - Bormio, 222km
1. Vincenzo Nibali, ITA/BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM, in 6:24.22 hours
2. Mikel Landa, ESP, st
3. Nairo Quintana, COL, + 0.12

Overall standings after 16 stages:
1. Tom Dumoulin, NED, in 70:14.48 hours
2. Nairo Quintana, COL, + 0.31
3. Vincenzo Nibali, ITA/BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM, + 1.12