Vincenzo Nibali rolled back the years with a perfectly-timed attack on his home roads to take stage 4 and overall victory at the Tour of Sicily.
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Trek-Segafredo’s Nibali had not won a race for Trek-Segafredo but launched a vicious kick away from Valverde’s group on the last climb of final stage to claim an impressive victory.
Simone Ravanelli (Androni-Sidermec) won the sprint for second, with Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) third.
Nibali won the overall classification by 46 seconds, beating Valverde, with Covi third overall at 49 seconds.
“I cracked emotionally because this is my first win in Sicily. I grew up riding on these roads with my dad and my young teammates but then moved away to chase my dreams when I was a teenager. It’s always emotional to come back and especially to win,” Nibali said.
“I’ve had a lot of physical problems recently and so to win here wasn’t easy. But seeing my family and friends makes it all special and difficult to hold back my emotions. I knew the roads well, especially the final descent, even if I messed up a corner due to all the emotions but it was a special moment in my career.
— Il Giro di Sicilia (@ilgirodisicilia) October 1, 2021