Nibali wins 2nd Giro d’Italia title and 4th Grand Tour

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TURIN, Italy (AP) Home favorite Vincenzo Nibali clinched a second Giro d’Italia victory and a fourth Grand Tour title on Sunday as Giacomo Nizzolo won a largely ceremonial final stage.

Nibali’s chances of repeating his 2013 feat seemed impossible on Friday as he started the stage nearly five minutes behind leader Steven Kruijswijk but a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian classic saw the Astana cyclist surge into the lead – helped by the Dutch rider’s crash into a snowbank.

With the rain falling heavily at the finish, the race was neutralized and Nibali – who had a completely pink bicycle to celebrate the occasion – knew he just had to finish safely to secure the pink jersey.

Esteban Chaves was second, 52 seconds behind Nibali.