Vincenzo Nibali wins Giro d'Italia stage 18 time trial to extend race lead

Vincenzo Nibali, Giro d'Italia 2013, stage 18 TT

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) consolidated his lead at the Giro d'Italia with victory in stage 18's mountain time trial. In the process, the Sicilian put a huge two minutes and 36 seconds into closest rival Cadel Evans (BMC), and now holds a lead of four minutes and two seconds over him in the General Classification.

The stage win, Nibali's first this Giro, confirms him as comfortably the strongest rider of the race, and it will take a dramatic last few days for anyone to take the pink jersey from him now.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.