Sunday, May 26, 2013

STAGE 21 Preview 2013 Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali demolished the field through heavy snow to assert his claim to the Maglia Rosa on Saturday. On top of the only remaining high mountain top finish, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in blizzard conditions Nibali took his second straight stage win and solidified his lead going into the final flat stage to Brescia on Sunday.

Vincenzo Nibali shows off his 13th consecutive Pink Jersey of the Giro

Ag2R's Carlos Betancur was able to grab the Young Rider's Jersey back from Team Saxo Tinkoff's Rafal Majka, and despite already having locked up the King of the Mountains Jersey, Stefano Pirazzi continued to attack on the climbs. Mark Cavendish will have to be diligent and score enough points to claim the Points Jersey, but he should be up to the task.

Stage 21 Profile

Sunday's 21st stage takes the riders over 197 pancake-flat kilometers into the finishing town of Brescia. There will be much pomp and circumstance along the way and at the finish, but for Nibali it will be largely ceremonial. Only death-rays from space can keep Nibali from winning the 2013 Giro d'Italia. The sprinters will get a last shot at glory; and Mark Cavendish will have to navigate several turns on a technical finale to take the Points Jersey.   

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