Nibali Swoops Down to Win Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia

May 22, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Vincenzo Nibali  crosses the finish line in victory during stage 14 of the 93rd Giro of Italy. (Luk Beines/AFP/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line in victory during stage 14 of the 93rd Giro of Italy. (Luk Beines/AFP/Getty Images)
Liquigas rider Vincenzo Nibali flew down the dangerous descent from the peak of Monte Grappa to win Stage 14 of the 2010 Giro d’Italia.

David Aroyo of finished twelfth, but made up enough time to take the maglia rosa from Saxo Bank’s Richie Porte, who was dropped on the climb up Monte Grappa. Arroyo has a 39-second lead on the field.

Stage 14, 205 km from Ferrara to Asolso, featured a nasty 18-km climb up Monte Grappa in the final quarter of the stage. Steep and tall, Monte Grappa was the perfect place for an aggressive rider to attack, and Vincenzo Nibali on this day, was that rider. 

Nibali attacked near the top of the climb, with teammate Ivan Basso, BMC’s Cadel Evans, and Androni Giocattoli‘s Michele Scarpon. Nibali made a daring and dangerous descent over wet roads, opening a 23-second gap over the other three attackers.

Team Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov, who led the race earlier in the week, finished fifth, 1:34 back.

Starting Sunday the Giro enters the Dolomite Mountains for some of the toughest cycling on the continent. 18 percent grades, mountaintop finishes, an all-uphill time trial—the last week of the 2010 Giro will break a lot of riders.

Who will be able to recover quickest, who will balance good finishes with conserving energy, and who will eventually gain the lead?

The first two weeks were just prologue. The real 2010 Giro d’Italia starts on the road to Monte Zoncolan.

 

2010 Giro d’Italia Stage 14

 

Rider

Team

Time

1

Vincenzo Nibali

Liquigas

04:57:51

2

Ivan Basso

Liquigas

00:00:23

3

Michele Scarponi

Androni Giocattoli

00:00:23

4

Cadel Evans

BMC

00:00:23

5

Alexandre Vinokourov

Astana

00:01:34

6

Branislav Samoilav

Quickstep

00:02:25

7

Bauke Mollema

Rabobank

00:02:25

8

Damiano Cunego

Lampre

00:02:25

9

Linus Gerdemann

Milram

00:02:25

10

Marco Pinotti

HTC-Columbia

00:02:25

 

General Classification After Stage 14

 

Rider

Team

Time

1

David Arroyo

Caisse d’Epargne

61:22:54

2

Richie Porte

Saxo Bank

0:00:39

3

Xavier Volpini

Cervelo

0:02:12

4

Robert Kiserlovski

Liquigas

0:02:35

5

Linus Gerdemann

Milram

0:03:52

6

Carlos Sastre

Cervelo

0:05:27

7

Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky

0:06:32

8

Vincenzo Nibali

Liquigas

0:06:51