Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cycling: 'Calm' Nibali retains his title

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy successfully defended his title in the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico race, while world champion Tony Martin won the concluding time trial.

Nibali, who rides for Astana, finished 23 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome, with Alberto Contador third overall, 52 seconds back.

Martin, the German riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step and the two-time world champion in time trials, clocked 10 minutes, 25 seconds over the flat 9.2km course in San Benedetto del Tronto.

Italy's Adriano Malori was second in the stage, six seconds behind, Costa Rica's Andrey Amador was third and Swiss Fabian Cancellara was fourth.

Froome was sixth on the day and Nibali crossed comfortably in 12th.

Nibali set up the victory by winning Monday's penultimate stage, which many riders abandoned because of wet conditions, with an attack on a dangerous downhill section.

Nibali will also be a favorite for Sunday's Milan-San Remo classic.

"It was a tough 9km today but I had a good lead so I just stayed calm," Nibali said.

"San Remo is another big race and I hope I can do well there also."

Irish Independent

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