Nibali attacked over the top of the Civiglio climb, and very quickly opened up a gap on his rivals as he plummeted down the hairpin-strewn descent.
The Italian champion used every centimetre of tarmac – in some cases running right up against the crash barriers. The way he apexes the bends, moving his body around on the bike to maximise grip and speed is something any cyclist can appreciate.
Such was his speed that Nibali almost had a tangle with a race motorbike, which simply couldn’t keep up with the speed at which he was descending. It’s the very definition of a white-knuckle ride.
Although Spaniard Daniel Moreno (Katusha) clawed back a few seconds on the race’s final climb, Nibali had one more descent to the finish – and pulled out enough of a gap to come across the line over 20 seconds ahead of Moreno.
It’s Nibali’s biggest single-day race win, and his first ‘Monument’ to add to a palmares already packed with victories in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.