By Kev Newton
Nibali, however, held a 34 second lead going into the stage, enough to take the overall victory for the second year in a row.
Froome (Team Sky) was ultimately undone on the vicious 30% climbs of stage six to Porto Sant’Elpidio, losing 50 seconds and the leader’s jersey to Nibali.
The Spanish rider finished third and is expected to be Froome’s most dangerous opponent over France’s longer but less severe climbs this summer.
Mark Cavendish pulled out of the race, along with one third of the peloton, during Monday’s aforementioned sixth stage.
Incredible scenes saw many riders pushing their bikes up the steepest sections, prompting apologies from the race organisers for the difficulty of the route.
Picture Credit: Michelle Cound via Wikipedia Commons