- POSTED: 06 Oct 2013 22:18
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Title contender Vincenzo Nibali crashed out of the Tour of Lombardy on Sunday after being caught in a pile up around 92 km from the finish of the 242 km one-day classic.
MILAN: Title contender Vincenzo Nibali crashed out of the Tour of Lombardy on Sunday after being caught in a pile up around 92 km from the finish of the 242 km one-day classic.
Nibali was one of several riders, including Spaniards Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde, hoping to finish the European season on a high in the 'Race of the Falling Leaves'.
However the Giro d'Italia champion, who rides for Astana, failed to get back on his bike after a spill which left him limping and with an apparent left knee injury.
Nibali, Rodriguez and Valverde all missed out on victory in the world championships last week when Portugal's Rui Costa triumphed to win the coveted rainbow jersey.
Nibali's abandon comes a day after Britain's Chris Froome, the Tour de France champion, pulled out citing a sore back.
Fellow Italian Michele Scarponi, who had been leading Lampre's bid for victory in the fifth and final 'Monument' of the one-day classics season, abandoned earlier in the race due to illness.