A first home stage win in 2 years for Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali. He grew up in that part of Italy and it showed by the way he easily navigated the tight corners. He attacked the final climbs with 22 km to go leaving Valverde in his wake. The Spaniard feeling the effects of the crash in La Vuelta had run out of teammates and couldn’t offer a meaningful response. The gap between him and Nibali grew to be 40 seconds. Knowing the course is important. It is important to know the course well before the race. This was clearly evident, watch the clip when a rider evaded the hump at the overpass avoiding disaster in the process. Once again no help whatsoever from the organizers, no warning signs of the danger to be found anywhere.