Cycling

Sivakov clinches first title with Tour of the Alps

Pavel Sivakov (Getty Images)
Pavel Sivakov (Getty Images)

Rome - Team Sky's Pavel Sivakov won his first senior overall race as he secured victory in the Tour of the Alps on Friday.

The 21-year-old maintained the 27-second advantage he held over second-placed Sky team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart going into the fifth and final stage.

Sivakov, who also secured victory on stage two, became the first Russian to win the race and denied Vincenzo Nibali a third title.

"This victory is our victory not only me, we have been really consistent all week with Tao winning two stages and today we managed the race perfectly," Sivakov told Eurosport. 

Italian Fausto Masnada won the final day of racing, crossing the line seven seconds ahead of Colombian Carlos Quintero in constant drizzle leading into Bolzano.

Sivakov finished along with Geoghegan Hart and Nibali 2:14 behind Masnada.

Six-time Grand Tour winner Chris Froome ended his week in the mountains almost five minutes behind his youthful team-mate as he looks to step up his preparations for this year's Tour de France which starts in Brussels on June 6.

It was Sky's final multi-stage race before changing its name to Team Ineos after reclusive chemicals tycoon Jim Ratcliffe bought the outfit.

Results from the fifth stage of the Tour of the Alps over 147.8km between Caldaro and Bolzano in Italy:

1. Fausto Masnada (ITA/AND) 4hr 6min 2sec, 2. Carlos Quintero (COL/MAN) at 7sec, 3. Simone Velasco (ITA/NER) 1:31, 4. Dario Caltado (IAT/AST) same time, 5. Roland Thalmann (SUI/VOR) 1:33

Overall standings:

1. Pavel Sivakov (RUS/SKY) 18hr 58min 0sec, 2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR/SKY) at 27sec, 3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) 33, 4. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA/AND) 1:03, 5. Fausto Masnada (ITA/AND) 1:13

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