The day after he conquered the Maglia Rosa in Sant’Anna di Vinadio, Vincenzo Nibali became the overall winner of the 99th Giro d’Italia in Turin. It is his second Giro d’Italia win, the first coming in 2013. Points classification winner Giacomo Nizzolo crossed the finishing line in first position but he was relegated to last in his group because of irregular sprinting. Nikias Arndt subsequently added his name to the list of Giro d’Italia stage winners.
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Giro d’Italia winner, Vincenzo Nibali: “I had a stomach bug during the Giro but it’s better not to tell everything sometimes. The last rest day allowed me to get better. I never said that I wanted to go home. I always remained in the high part of the classification. Steven Kruijswijk had a good advantage after the Dolomites but I knew the highest mountains were yet to come. Riding above 2000 metres isn’t easy for anyone but I found myself in good shape. Kruijswijk crashed but towards the summit of the Colle d’Agnello, I noticed he was breathing heavily so I put pressure on him climbing and then descending. Had I not done so, probably nothing would have happened and [Esteban] Chaves would have had an easy ride as well. Everyone was watching me and I wasn’t used to race guys like [Tom] Dumoulin, Chaves and Kruijswijk. I don’t often look at my palmarès but when I do, I realize it’s rich of great successes”.
Stage winner, Nikias Arndt: “I saw the sprint from my side of the road, which was the other side from [Giacomo] Nizzolo and [Sacha] Modolo. It was nervous in the last kilometer. It was hectic through the corners but I just focused on myself. I crossed the line in second position. Afterwards it turned out that I won the stage. It was a surprise for me. The jury took its decision, it was a difficult one to take for sure. This is the biggest result of my career so far. I came here to go for the sprints and to win a stage. I had two good results before today but the win was missing. I can imagine Nizzolo is very disappointed but I hope he can enjoy the Maglia Rosa. He has had a good Giro”.