No home comfort as Vincenzo Nibali slips out of Giro d’Italia GC on Mount Etna

Vincenzo Nibali’s homecoming to Messina at the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday was never likely to feature a day in the Maglia rosa, despite the optimism provoked by his strong showing in the short time trial in Budapest over the weekend.

Mount Etna is a large part of Nibali’s origin story – the tale of how he needed to be towed by his mother’s car on his first ascent as a ten-year-old has been dusted off repeatedly during his career – but on Tuesday, it signaled the end of his overall ambitions at this Giro d’Italia.

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