Nibali takes pink jersey to virtually clinch Giro victory

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SANT’ANNA DI VINADIO, Italy (AP) Vincenzo Nibali attacked on the final major climb of the Giro d’Italia and grabbed the pink jersey from Esteban Chaves to virtually clinch his fourth Grand Tour victory Saturday, capping a dramatic two days in the Italian classic.

Nibali entered the penultimate stage 44 seconds behind Chaves and the Italian with Astana now has a 52-second lead entering Sunday’s final leg, a flat 163-kilometer (101-mile) route from Cuneo to Turin that should be mostly ceremonious.

It would be Nibali’s second Giro win to go with his 2013 title and add to his major trophy collection, which also includes a Tour de France victory in 2014 and a Spanish Vuelta win in 2010.

Rein Taaramae, an Estonian with Katusha, won the 20th stage, attacking solo from a breakaway.