Vincenzo Nibali’s retirement leaves void for Giro d’Italia

Vincenzo Nibali didn’t dominate his era at the Giro d’Italia as remorselessly as Alfredo Binda or Eddy Merckx, but he defined it in the manner of Francesco Moser or Felice Gimondi. In the annals of the race, he will be the central character in any retelling of the past dozen years or so.

His retirement at the end of this season leaves an obvious hole in the overarching narrative of the Giro. For more than half his career, Nibali, and Nibali alone, carried home hopes at the Giro. Between 2010 and 2019, he placed on the podium six times in six participations, winning the race outright in 2013 and 2016.

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