(Torino, 29 May 2016 – Press Giro d’Italia) The Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) has won the 99th Giro d’Italia, and the final Maglia Rosa, inscribing his name for the second time on the Trofeo Senza Fine. Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) is second at 52″, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) third at 1’17”.
The German rider Nikias Arndt (Team Giant – Alpecin) won the 21st and final stage, 163km from Cuneo to Torino. Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step) finished second, with Sacha Modolo (Lampre Merida) third. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo), first aross the line, was disqualified by the jury.
Seconds after the stage finish, the Maglia Rosa said: “It’s a beautiful emotion. Today I win my second Giro d’Italia. I’m speechless. The crowd on the final circuit was enormous and showed me great affection. My family is here so I’ve been able to hug everyone. At the beginning of the race we’ve had a bit of rain but with the nice weather at the end, my joy is complete. I’ve loved that moment.”.
The stage winner said: “This is not the way I would have wanted to win a stage at the Giro. I wish I had won one before today: I’ve been hunting a win for three weeks. But the jury has made its decision and there’s nothing we, as riders, can do about it. I’m happy that I have a Giro stage win under my belt. I did a good sprint today anyway.”