Vincenzo Nibali announces his retirement after hometown Giro d’Italia stage

On the other side of Messina’s sickle-shaped harbor, the sun poured down like honey on the golden statue of Our Lady of the Letter. Directly opposite, in a makeshift television studio on the waterfront on Corso Garibaldi, the city’s living landmark was blinking back tears as he announced his retirement from professional cycling.

“I wanted to confirm that this is my last Giro and my last season,” Vincenzo Nibali told RAI television’s Processo alla Tappa program after he had completed stage 5 in the body of the peloton.

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