Chorley cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins has warmed up for next month's Giro d'Italia with a fifth-placed finish in the Giro del Trentino as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali triumphed.
Nibali was third at last summer's Tour de France as Wiggins, from Eccleston, became the first British winner.
It's thought the Italian rider could be Sir Bradley's main rival for the maglia rosa in May.
Team Sky's Wiggins suffered mechanical misfortune at the foot of the day's final climb at the end of the 167-kilometre route to Sega di Ala and Nibali (Astana) won the stage and the overall title.
The chase and a subsequent Nibali acceleration just as Wiggins was closing in meant the Briton was cast adrift as the Italian won the stage, with Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) second.
Wiggins was ninth, one minute 39 seconds adrift, to finish 1min 40secs behind overall.