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May 23, 2022

Cycling: Nibali, first Italian to win Tour of Spain

MADRID – Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour of Spain in two decades on Sunday with his first victory in a Grand Tour.

The 25-year-old Nibali maintained his 41-second lead over his closest rival, Ezequiel Mosquera of Spain, on a trouble-free day, finishing the largely ceremonial, 85-km final stage in the leading group.

Nibali was 21st, on the same time as stage winner Tyler Farrar of the United States who was first across the line in a bunch sprint.

Nibali, who rides for the Liquigas-Doimo team, became the first Italian to win the race since Marco Giovannetti in 1990.

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