Giro Stage 21: Keisse derails the sprint trains, Contador secures overall victory

At the end of a Giro d’Italia which has revelled in its daily unpredictability, it was fitting that the concluding sprinters’ stage instead came down to a straight mano a mano between two of the peloton’s unsung powerhouses. Iljo Keisse finally delivered something for his Etixx-Quick Step team to celebrate at the end of a lacklustre three weeks, edging out Luke Durbridge who narrowly failed to provide a victory that would have neatly bookended a successful race for Orica-GreenEDGE, the dominant squad in the opening stages.

Alberto Contador finished safely to confirm his seventh grand tour victory. He joins Bernard Hinault as the only rider to have won all three grand tours at least twice.

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Giro review: The Giro in numbers

Key race facts

168 – Number of finishers, out of 207 starters.

84:53:28 – Total race time for overall winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Nibali spent a lot of time on the podium during this Giro (Image: Davide Calabresi)

Nibali spent a lot of time on the podium during this Giro (Image: Davide Calabresi)

5 – Nationalities represented in the top ten on GC (Italy four, Colombia and Poland two each, Australia and Spain one each). Continue reading

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Pre-Giro round-table

It’s a lovely Friday spring afternoon here at VeloVoices Towers and the Giro d’Italia kicks off tomorrow. What’s not to like? To mark the occasion, we’ve rolled out the drinks trolley a bit early today, cracked open a nice bottle of chianti and settled down for a quick chat about what to expect over the next three weeks. (Sadly Jack wasn’t available today.) Here’s a summary of our conversation. Continue reading