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28 May 2016

VINCENZO NIBALI CLOSES IN ON HIS SECOND GIRO D’ITALIA WIN

Avenging his team-mate Ilnur Zakarin who crashed spectacularly in yesterday’s stage, Katusha’s Rein Taaramäe took Estonia’s first ever stage victory at the Giro d’Italia. Behind him, Vincenzo Nibali turned the general classification upside down and dethroned Esteban Chaves, while Alejandro Valverde slipped into third place ahead of former Maglia Rosa Steven Kruijswijk.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team)
2 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 52”
3 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 1’17”
4 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) at 1’50”
5 – Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at 4’37”

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team)
  • Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

STAGE RESULT
1 – Rein Taaramae (Team Katusha) – 134km in 4h22’43”, ave. 30.603km/h
2 – Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team) at 52”
3 – Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) at 1’17”


STATISTICS

  • Estonia is the 32nd country to join the list of Giro d’Italia stage winners thanks to Rein Taaramäe. The first Estonian to finish in the top 3 of a stage was Jaan Kirsipuu, second at Marina di Grosseto in 2005
  • For the second time in the history of the Giro, the race lead changed hands three times in the last four stages (Kruijswijk from stage 14 to 18, Chaves on stage 19, Nibali on stage 20). Previously, in 1913, the leaders were Eberardo Pavesi (stage 6), Giuseppe Azzini (stage 7) and Carlo Oriani (stages 8 and 9) – but the Maglia Rosa didn’t exist in those days
  • The last time a rider took the Maglia Rosa only on the penultimate stage was by Stefano Garzelli in 2000 after an individual time trial in Sestriere. Fausto Coppi also did so in 1953
  • For the second time in the history of the Giro d’Italia, eight different riders have led the race so far: Tom Dumoulin, Marcel Kittel, Gianluca Brambilla, Bob Jungels, Andrey Amador, Steven Kruijswijk, Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali. It previously happened in 1981 with Knut Knudsen, Guido Bontempi, Francesco Moser, Gregor Braun, Giuseppe Saronni, Roberto Visentini, Silvano Contini and eventual winner Giovanni Battaglin


PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Maglia Rosa Vincenzo Nibali: “I knew today’s stage. I had climbed La Bonnette at the Tour de France [in 2008]. It’s very long and hard but the key point was La Lombarda. With Jakob Fuglsang and Michele Scarponi, we kept the race under control, while Tanel Kangert had gone ahead. After I accelerated, I was kept informed of the gaps. It was my first time racing against Esteban Chaves but I knew from last year’s Vuelta that he’d be hard to beat. I’ve kept pushing till the end. After I crossed the line, I listened to the speaker who was counting down the seconds, and only then did I realize that the Maglia Rosa was mine”.

Stage winner Rein Taaramäe: “It’s a very important victory. Yesterday, in a flash, we lost everything we had been working for over the previous three weeks. We actually had two hard times in this Giro, firstly when [Ilnur] Zakarin crashed three times in the individual time trial and lost his chances of winning the Giro. Today, over the radio, my sport director told me “Zakarin, Zakarin, think of Zakarin”. Today all the hard work has paid off. For Estonia, which is a very small country with only one million people, it’s a special day. Jaan Kirsipuu came second once in a stage of the Giro d’Italia, but I’m the first Estonian winner. I’ve done the Tour de France seven times, and the Vuelta three times. This was my first experience at the Giro and I can say this is the Grand Tour a rider can enjoy the most”.

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