Nibali catches Mosquera in the final meters of Bole del Mundo climb (Stage 20 of the 2010 Vuelta a España)

Nibali catches Mosquera in the final meters of Bole del Mundo climb (Stage 20 of the 2010 Vuelta a España)

Nibali catches Mosquera in the final meters of Bole del Mundo climb (Stage 20 of the 2010 Vuelta a España).

The Bola Del Mundo was first included in the Vuelta a Espana in 2010. Stage 20 witnessed a heroic battle between Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo-Galicia). Both riders have still had a chance for the overall victory as Nibali was leading Mosquera with only 50 seconds. On the Bola del Mundo climb, Mosquera attacked and at some point, he was the virtual race leader. It seemed like Nibali had hit the wall. However, the “Shark” found his legs, came back strong and caught Mosquera. Then he rode a few seconds next to Mosquera, as if he was going to attack him, to show everybody who was the boss. But slipped back on his wheel and gifted the stage to the Spaniard.

Vincenzo Nibali won 2010 Vuelta a España. It was his first grand tour victory. In the following years, he won two Giri (2013, 2016) and one Tour (2014), becoming the sixth cyclist to win all three grand tours.

Later, after testing positive for hydroxyethyl starch in the race, Mosquera was suspended by the UCI and his results from the 2010 Vuelta were annulled.

Here is the video of the final kilometers of the Bola del Mundo climb at Vuelta a España 2010 stage 20.

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