2013 Giro – Stage 21 – Finale

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Mark Cavendish won his fifth sprint of the Giro and in the process won back the Maglia Rossa (Points jersey) from Vincenzo Nibali. A sprint stage on the final stage of the Giro is unusual for the Italian Race as, unlike the Tour de France, the recent Giri have ended with a time trial. 200km of freewheeling for a sprint finish? Not so great.

The stage, however, did go off without a hitch in terms of the overall GC preventing any threat to Nibali winning his first Maglia Rosa (Leaders Jersey), which he did. I gotta say, after last year’s back and forth battle between Hesjedal and Rodriguez, this Giro was short on the dramatic tension we usually attribute to the Italian race. The dominant story of the race had to be the weather, which in those instances that weather adds drama to the race – by adding another element to the struggles between two or more closely matched rivals – that story is a grand one. In the instance of this year’s race, the weather took all the edges off, except the hypothermia, by literally shortening the race, flattening the stages, and eliminating much of the competition. That’s not to take anything away from Nibali’s win as he is fully deserving and then some, but the race itself, like those behind Vincenzo, really suffered.

Stage 21 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
2. Sacha Modolo (BAR)
3. Elia Viviani (CAN)
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (RLT)
5. Luka Mezgec (ARG)

Final General Classification Top Ten
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)___84h53’28″
2. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)____+4’43″
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)_____+5’52″
4. Michele Scarponi (LAM)__+6’48″
5. Carlos Betancur (ALM)___+7’28″
6. Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)_+7’43″
7. Rafal Majka (STB)________+8’09″
8. Benat Intxausti (MOV)____+10’26″
9. Mauro Santambrogio (VIN)_+10’32″
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)_+10’59″

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