Giro D'Italia 2013 Standings: Stage 21 Results, Leaderboard and Highlights

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Giro D'Italia 2013 Standings: Stage 21 Results, Leaderboard and Highlights
Vincenzo Nibali on podium. Photo Credit: Giro d'Italia on Instagram

Vincenzo Nibali officially won the 2013 Giro d’Italia championship on Sunday, coasting through to an easy victory during a light-hearted, relaxing Stage 21. 

The Twitter account for Giro d'Italia shared the news:

However, it wasn’t all fun and games for the rest of the field, with the red jersey still on the line. It was close in the end, but Mark Cavendish made a late surge to claim victory at the end of the 122-mile trek, per Giro d'Italia:

While Cavendish’s sprint wasn’t as triumphant as the Astana rider’s ascent up the Tre Cime di Lavaredo on Saturday, it secured him the red as the leader of the points classification of this event.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the cyclists finished on Sunday, check out the overall standings and the course they took to get there during Stage 21.

Photo Credit: Giro d'Italia on Instagram

 

Stage 21 Results

(via Guardian.co.uk)

Finish

Cyclist

Country

Time

1

Mark Cavendish

Italy

5:30:09

2

Sacha Modolo

Britain

3

Elia Viviani

Italy

4

Giacomo Nizzolo

Colombia

5

Luka Mezgec

Slovenia

6

Roberto Ferrari

Italy

7

Kenny Dehaes

Belgium

8

Manuel Belletti

Italy

9

Giovanni Visconti

Italy

10

Luca Paolini

Italy

Mark Cavendish on the podium. Photo Credit: Giro d'Italia on Instagram

 

Final 2013 Giro d’Italia Standings

(via Gazzetta.it)

Finish

Cyclist

Country

Time

1

Vincenzo Nibali

ITA

84:53:28

2

Rigoberto Uran

COL

+4:43

3

Cadel Evans

AUS

+5:52

4

Michele Scarponi

ITA

+6:48

5

Carlos A. Betancur Gomez

COL

+7:28

6

Przemyslaw Niemiec

POL

+7:43

7

Rafal Majka

POL

+8:09

8

Benat Intxausti Elorriaga

ESP

+10:26

9

Mauro Santambrogio

ITA

+10:32

10

Domenico Pozzovivo

ITA

+10:59

 

Stage 21 Overview

Photo Credit: CyclingNews.com

After a taxing journey up mountains covered in snow and through some of the worst conditions imaginable, riders were able to enjoy a nice stroll from Riese Pio X to the fanfare at the finish line in Brescia, a previously-mentioned 122-mile journey.

There were hardly any hills or turns to navigate, with Bosco di Sona representing one of the steeper portions of the trip.

Photo Credit: CyclingNews.com

Overall, there were no issues and it was about what many expected going in. Nibali took his time and enjoyed a leisurely stroll to victory, while the few left in contention for the red jersey battled it out down to the end.

 

Nibali’s Journey

Photo Credit: Giro d'Italia on Instagram

Nibali has proven himself as one of the premier competitors in the world, joining an elite crowd that includes Bradley Wiggins and other top-tier cyclists.

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He belongs in the conversation each and every Grand Tour as a possible winner, although he probably won’t be participating at the Tour de France in July, according to the Associated Press via CTV News.

Per the AP, the Shark of the Strait could aim for the Vuelta in August and September and then the Worlds in Florence come September.

For now, he deserves to take a much needed rest and bask in the glory of earning honors as the 2013 Giro d’Italia champion.  

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