MILAN, April 19, 2013 – Italian Vincenzo Nibali underlined his form
ahead of the three-week Giro d’Italia by winning the final stage and taking
overall victory at the 37th edition of the Giro del Trentino on Friday.
Overnight leader Maxime Bouet went into the fourth and final stage, held
over 166.8 km between Arco and Sega di Ala, with a 3min 19sec lead on
Belarusian Kanstantsin Siutsou of Team Sky and 3:56 on Astana team leader
However the Frenchman who rides for AG2R, struggled early on the tough,
11km final ascent on which reigning Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins
fell off the pace after suffering mechanical problems.
In the end, Bouet trailed over the finish line 4:42 behind Nibali, missing
the title by just under a minute.
Nibali completed the five-stage, four-day race in a total time of 17hr
49min 11sec, with fellow Italian Mauro Santambrogio second at 21sec and Bouet
third overall at 55.
Former Tour de France champion, Australian Cadel Evans, was eighth overall
at 2:18 having come over the finish line one minute behind Nibali.
“Winning on a climb like this is the biggest thing for me right now,” said
Nibali, who finished third overall at last year’s Tour de France behind
Wiggins and Briton Chris Froome.
“There is still a couple of weeks to the Giro, and Wiggins remains my main
rival, but I saw both (Cadel) Evans and (Ivan) Basso in clear progression.”
Wiggins, who lost precious time after angrily throwing his malfunctioning
bike to the side of the road around 5km from the finish, trailed home 1:39
behind Nibali to finish fifth overall at 1:40.
Sky team sports director Marcus Ljungqvist rued the lost chance to win the
race, but is satisfied Wiggins is in form ahead of his bid for victory at the
“It was some bad luck there for Brad on the climb,” he said. “He was almost
back to the lead group when Nibali attacked.
“That was always going to happen and you really can’t afford to give the
top guys any time. In the end he expended a lot of energy but it’s just one of
those things. It was a great effort.
“We need to focus on the good things from this race and that is two stage
wins and some good work and form building ahead of the Giro. With some rest
for a few guys we will be ready for May.”
The Giro d’Italia, a major objective this season for Wiggins and Nibali,
will be held May 4-25.
Results from the fourth and final stage of
the Giro del Trentino on Friday, held over 166.8 km, and final classification:
1 Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 4hr 21min 19sec, 2. Mauro Santambrogio (ITA)
Vini Fantini-Selle Italia at 8sec, 3. Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL) Lampre 44, 4.
Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana same time, 5. Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC 1:02
Selected: 9. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Sky 1:39
1 Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 17hr 49min 11sec, 2. Mauro Santambrogio
(ITA) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia at 21sec, 3. Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La
Mondiale 55, 4. Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana 1:16, 5. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Sky 1:40
Selected: 8. Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC 2:18