Vincenzo Nibali redeemed with stage win in Giro d'Italia

Risoul (France) (AFP) –


Italy's Vincenzo Nibali of Astana escaped alone to a summit-finish victory in the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday whilst Colombia's Esteban Chaves rode into the pink jersey by coming third on the day.

Pre-race favourite Nibali had been thought to be dead and buried on this Giro after dropping to fifth, but is now just 44seconds off new leader Chavez, in second place, ahead of another mountain stage on Saturday.

Overnight leader Steven Kruijswijk finished almost five minutes off the pace after surviving a spectacular head-over-heels fall on the descent of the Col d'Agnel but then getting dropped badly on the last climb.