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Gallery: Nizzolo tries, tries and tries again

Joe Robinson
22 May 2021

After 11 second-place finishes, the Italian sprinter finally gets his Giro d'Italia stage win

If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again. A phrase that must have been ringing around the ears of Giacomo Nizzolo.

The Qhubeka-Assos sprinter was up to a grand total of 11 second-placed stage finishes at the Giro d'Italia without a victory, a record. At times, it felt as if the man from Milan was cursed in his hunt for Giro success. Yet yesterday proved that good things come to those who wait.

On a pan flat 198km stage from Ravenna to fair Verona, the current European Champion burst free from his own Shakesperean tradegy. Nizzolo finally became a Giro stage winner, catching a late attack from Jumbo-Visma's Eduardo Affini and sprinting clear of Peter Sagan. 

A worthy winner, nobody, not even Affini, could resent Nizzolo's success. He desereved it.

Now, for the quick men, it's all about survival. When Saturday comes so does Monte Zoncolan, one of Italy's most feared mountains and one of the biggest tests for the General Classification men. 

For now, the best images of Stage 13 from Chris Auld:

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