After breaking his wrist in training in mid-April, Vincenzo Nibali’s biggest success of the spring was simply recovering quickly enough to start the Giro d’Italia. Ten stages in, he could hardly have expected much more than his current status of 16th overall, 2:13 behind maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos).

At Sestola on stage 4, San Giacomo on stage 6 and Campo Felice on stage 9, Nibali was unable to track the accelerations of men like Bernal and his Trek-Segafredo teammate Giulio Ciccone, but he has still limited his losses more consistently than riders who had far less troubled approaches to this Giro.