Vincenzo Nibali hits ground running in Giro d’Italia time trial

Vincenzo Nibali’s reputation at the Giro d’Italia has been forged largely through his feats of endurance in the third week, most notably his dramatic, two-part fight back in the Alps in the dying days of the 2016 race.

Small wonder, then, that Nibali seemed almost surprised at his 12th-place finish in Saturday’s short stage 2 time trial in Budapest. At 37 years of age, the Italian hardly expected to cope so smoothly with the repeated accelerations required by the 9.2km course, but he limited his losses on winner Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) to 19 seconds and gained time on a clutch of overall contenders.

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