Cycling: Nibali joins elite bunch
Vincenzo Nibali won the Vuelta a Espana yesterday after Tyler Farrar of the US sprinted to win the 21st and final stage just ahead of Britain's Mark Cavendish.
Nibali of Italy won the overall race in 87 hours, 18 minutes, 31 seconds, from Ezequiel Mosquera, 41 seconds behind. Peter Velits was third, 3:04 behind the Liquigas-Doimo cyclist.
Nibali is the first Italian since Marco Giovannetti in 1990 to win the Spanish classic. Nicolas Roche finished in the peloton yesterday to maintain his seventh place overall.
"Victory in the Vuelta is very important for me because it puts me up there with the top riders," Nibali said.
Farrar crossed the line in 2:02:24 after an 85km (52.8 miles) ride from San Sebastian de los Reyes to Madrid. Cavendish crossed the line just behind the Garmin-Slipstream rider and Allan Davis of Australia was third on the same time.
Cavendish won the green bib for the event's combined points crown, while French cyclist David Moncoutie was the top climber for the third straight year.