Today’s largely downhill to the coast sprint stage was never going to match yesterday’s for excitement. Jempy Drucker took a tow on Gianni Meersman‘s wheel and timed his sprint for the line to perfection. He finished a bike length ahead of runner-up Rudiger Selig and third-placed Nikias Arndt. The GC contenders all rolled in together, leaving Nairo Quintana still looking good in the red leader’s jersey.
After an exhausting roller-coaster three weeks, the Giro rolled into Turin onto a neutralised circuit around the river Po. The jury awarded victory on the final sprint stage to Nikias Arndt. It would have been an Italian tifosi double-header had Giacomo Nizzolo not been disqualified for impeding Sacha Modolo in the final metres. Meanwhile, Vicenzo Nibali serenely crossed the line to rapturous applause having secured overall victory.
In a race that went down to the very last sprint, Niki Terpstra and Etixx-Quick Step held their nerve to secure the gold jersey at the Tour of Qatar, making it back to-back victories for Terpstra and a grand total of eight for the team at this race. Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) rounded out the podium.