The general classification was neutralised after Rigoberto Uran and Esteban Chaves was caught up in a crash with around 30km to go, as provisional stage winner Giacomo Nizzolo was relegated for an irregular sprint

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) secured victory at the 99th Giro d’Italia after finishing safely on the final stage of the race into Turin.

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) thought he had finally secured his first Grand Tour stage win after near 30 top-10 placings, but was relegated due to an irregular sprint with the win awarded to second place Nikia Arndt (Giant-Alpecin). Nizzolo still secured the red points jersey for a second year in a row.

Nibali only had to finish the race to secure victory, after GC times were neutralised on the 8km finishing circuit with crashes taking place on the wet roads, including seventh place overall Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) and runner-up Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge). Both were able to continue.

Unusually for the traditional processional affair of the final stage, at least three riders were forced to abandon so close to the end; Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal) had to climb off after a crash in the very early part of the day, while Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) and Johann Van Zyl (Dimension Data) also succumbed to injury having been caught in the crash with Uran.

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Giacomo Nizzolo celebrates but his stage win was awarded to Nikias Arndt after an irregular sprint (Watson)

The day’s key break of LottoNL-Jumbo pair Maarten Tjallingii and Jos van Emden got away with around 65km to go on the stage as the peloton continued to relax and built a minute gap which only started to deteriorate in the final 20km.

Both Lampre-Merida and Trek-Segafredo were the most active on the front of the peloton, hoping to setup their respective sprinters Sacha Modolo and red jersey wearer Nizzolo.

But it was sixth place Bob Jungels who put paid to their efforts after his turn on the front for Etixx-Quick Step teammate Matteo Trentin, with Tjallingii being caught and van Emden attempting to go solo, but he was caught with almost 7km to go.

There was more drama straight after he was caught, as Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) crashes after appearing to clip the foot of a spectator as he attacked on the short climb of the course.Giro d'Italia - Stage 21

Eventually the sprinters worked their way into a reduced group at the front of the race after the GC riders dropped off.

It was a scrappy affair, with several riders attempting to break off the front on the wet and broken roads of the final corners.

But as they took the gentle right hand curve round to get the finish line in sight, Nizzolo launched his sprint and it was unmatched, with the Italian able to roll across the line with his arms aloft as Arndt finished second.

That celebration didn’t last long though, as there was some controversy with protestations from Modolo behind, with the race jury checking whether Nizzolo moved off his sprinting line across his fellow Italian on the left side of the road.

While podium celebrations began in earnest, the news was announced that Nizzolo would not win the stage and was relegated by the race jury.

As the chaotic sprint unfolded, Nibali then rolled in with third place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) just behind and Chaves finishing shortly after among his Orica teammates, bringing an end to the 99th Giro d’Italia.

2016 Giro d’Italia stage 21, Cuneo – Torino (163km)

1. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Alpecin, in 3-48-14
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step
3. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
5. Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
6. Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
7. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC
8. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini
9. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff
10. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale, all same time

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Final overall classification

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, at 86-32-49
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge, at 52s
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 1-17
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1-50
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff, at 4-37
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step, at 8-31
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale, at 11-47
8. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar, at 13-21
9. Darmin Atapuma (Col) BMC, at 14-09
10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), at 16-20

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King of the mountains classification

Mikel Nieve (Esp) Team Sky

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Points classification

Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

Young rider classification

Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step

Trofeo Fast Team

Astana

Trofeo Super Team

Etixx-Quick Step

  • reece46

    Your anti-Sutton crusade just looks like a scattergun bitterness towards anything with a connection to BC now.

  • Al Parente

    What do you mean, Pedro? that Froome, Wiggins & co. are the “constantly winners”, so we better keep an eye on them?? I did never say that nibali is beyond suspicion. I just said that he has been the strongest in due place and due time. Cycling is also a matter of different factors: a flat tyre, a crash, a bad cold, weather conditions, etc etc., these things all play a role in a rider’s fortune or misfortune. Do you remember Wiggins, when he last went to the Giro… he fell a couple of times on the wet road, and from that moment on he was no longer the same. He was shocked, he looked really terrified, and had clearly fear to cope with unexpected weather conditions, and narrow and slippy roads. But his biggest mistake was to underestimate the race. He started the Giro thinking he had already won it, just like Nibali this year. But the sicilian didn’t give up the race, and got the win. Wiggins on the contrary made up his mind going home, empty handed.

  • danox82

    First things first, I don’t like Nibali what so ever. But I don’t think his win here was anything to do with him cheating or doping…it was purely down to a moment of bad luck/judgement on the part of Kruijswijk. If that crash hadn’t happened it wouldn’t have given Nibali the carrot to chase in Stage 19. That in turn gave him the belief he could turn it around in Stage 20.

    It’s just another GT he’s won when those around him have abandoned or crashed at a key point in the race.

    I can’t knock him for his bike handling skills or his ability to finish races, which is why he is in the position to win in these circumstances.

    What I will say is that if his rivals actually finish a GT, then Nibali very rarely wins. Froome, Contador and Quintana are better riders in my opinion.

  • Pedro Nogo

    Well I did mention Nibali in that first bit

  • llos25

    That’s about right for the first part you have named the biggest cheater of all time .

  • Pedro Nogo

    So Froome, Wiggins and Sky generally have to constantly answer questions and allegations about doping and Nibali is beyond suspicion? When his own team are blood testing him due to his lack of performance, then a day or two later it’s the greatest comeback since Lazarus….. Surely even the most one eyed Nibali fan can see why questions might arise given the sports past (let alone the connections to Astana and Vino)

  • Al Parente

    I apologize for my bad english, but I do hope it is enough to let you understand how amazed I am for reading so many suspicious allegations (?) against Nibali. Me too, I was among those who wouldn’t bet a cent on Nibali’s final win. But those who suspect cheating show they do not know cycling at all. There’s no other true, and Chaves expressed wisely that “Nibali has been the strongest in due time and took the victory”. We shouldn’t forget that his position was not that bad! He was 4th, after all! Is it so odd being the strongest at 2000 mts. altitude? How many of you know what means racing on bike at that altitude? Certainly, envy and personal disappontment speaks for some of you. So you suspect that a flow of arabian money got the goal where Nibali failed, don’t you? Did the Bahrenian prince give bribes to Chaves and Valverde and Kruijswijk, in order to fulfill his plans? Or did Nibali put a secret engine in his bike, so that no one could stick to his wheel? Oh, by the way: that same engine Nibali forgot to hide in his bike when he was caught red handed, grabbing his “ammiraglia” while climbing in a stage in the last Vuelta and kicked off… I am sure you don’t know exactly what happened that day. I am also sure that Jay (who wrote here: “Of course i don’t have the proof, but didn’t you find it odd how he cld
    accelerate so easily away from Chaves and Valverde? And he wasn’t even
    standing up when he sped off. The sudden acceleration just didn’t seem
    right hence my observation”) Jay never made any race. I guess Jay has no clue about riders’ single style (have a look at Contador’s climb, for example).Joe Morris goes beyond intelligence when saying “Is no one asking why from being dead and buried at one point to suddenly finding his form and ridding away to win”. What is your job, Joe? Keep on taking care of it. But know for sure that Nibali never complained about his form (in fact, he did even undergo control, just to discover that he was OK). He knew that he had to wait the highest mountains. He fought and he won. Everything else’s but void talking.

  • Joe Morris

    Is no one asking why from being dead and buried at one point to suddenly finding his form and ridding away to win.

  • Jay

    Of course i don’t have the proof, but didn’t you find it odd how he cld accelerate so easily away from Chaves and Valverde? And he wasn’t even standing up when he sped off. The sudden acceleration just didn’t seem right hence my observation. Take it what you will.

  • llos25

    Rubbish.

  • Jay

    Hope someday we’ll find out whether he did win this race fair and square. I very much doubt it thou.

  • Nibali wins. The time he took off Kruiswijk I can see; 53 seconds off Chaves on stage 19 and then a further 96 on stage 20 – there should be a very serious contract awaiting at Team Bahrain (or what ever the name is to be). Another problem for Vino’s in box then… Does seem odd that a man who can do this would have done that thing that got him disqualified from the Vuelta.

  • Luke Mac

    Can’t feel good about the final result. From nowhere and done to winner… who trusts Astana? who trusts individual cyclists when- pride, money and.. money are at stake Who therefore trusts cycling, certainly not me after this result.

  • gh

    He’s doing the butterfly as well.

  • Loved this Giro – every minute of it, and such a great advert for the sport. But so so sad to to see that, on the final podium, only 1 of the 3 has no history of cheating. Still a long way to go.

  • Chumply Chummunderson

    They obvioulsly cost a fortune, but don’t Nizzolo’s glasses in this pic look like swimming goggles?