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Re: Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

08 Jun 2018 01:08

Didn't Nibali look really bad in some spring races before the 2014 TDF? Or am I thinking about another year? His strategy seems to have been to get race hours in but to delay buildup in form till the brink of Le Tour.

And I realize he won another monument, this year -- one of my favorite performances at MSR. I just think he's holding his cards close, this year.
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08 Jun 2018 01:25

Red Rick wrote:26th today. About where we expected him?


He build the aerobic base in the previous altitude camp but lacks anaerobic ability. Pretty much what I saw today.
He had no problem hanging on early but couldn`t follow the best on the final km. He was still in the front group with 1km to go and lost 30s in the uphill sprint.
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08 Jun 2018 06:07

He looked exactly like this in Tirreno Adriatico and then won Sanremo a week later. I think he could follow accelerations, but chooses not to. Wouldn't be surprised to see him in the break on Saturday.
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08 Jun 2018 06:13

All good. Italian Championships on the 30th is were I expect him to put in a good performance, even win it if everything falls into place.
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08 Jun 2018 06:29

One rider where prep races don't indicate much.
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08 Jun 2018 07:44

Bang on expectations so far imo. He'll probably take one punt over the rest of the race which will give a little more indication on where he's at.
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Re: Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

08 Jun 2018 08:24

I absolutely expect a Col du Pre attack tomorrow.
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Re: Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

08 Jun 2018 09:25

Gigs_98 wrote:I absolutely expect a Col du Pre attack tomorrow.


Tomorrow might be too early. I think he will test his real legs only once in Dauphine and if he follows his normal pattern it will be last day, by the time he is 5-7 minutes behind the leader of the race.
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08 Jun 2018 14:41

A minute behind....I know he’s not expected to do very well, but I still hoped for more.
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08 Jun 2018 21:27

IMHO today was better than expected, 16th in a 130 kms long stage with an almost _____/ design is good for him even in top shape. And he was even clearly easing in the finale.
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08 Jun 2018 22:44

I wouldn't say it's a good result for him if he were in top shape, but there's still a month to go so there's no issue at all.
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09 Jun 2018 13:22

All right guys I'm ready to hit the panic button.
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09 Jun 2018 13:28

SafeBet wrote:All right guys I'm ready to hit the panic button.

1 month stil the Tour starts, 1 month and 10 days till the first mountain stage. Thats 40 days. He could finish 50th overall and I wouldn't even begin to think to start panicking when it comes to Nibali.
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09 Jun 2018 14:13

I'm less worried than when he won Croatia last year before the Giro
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Re: Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

09 Jun 2018 14:23

Where did he finish today? If he was minutes down maybe he'll go in the break tomorrow. His first two mtf's weren't that bad after all
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09 Jun 2018 14:25

37th 12 minutes back. Obviously taking it easy, but a '14 showing would be more promising, for sure.
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09 Jun 2018 14:39

Netserk wrote:37th 12 minutes back. Obviously taking it easy, but a '14 showing would be more promising, for sure.

True, this doesn't look as good as '14, but then again who expected that. And at the same time this also doesn't look any worse than what came after '14
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09 Jun 2018 14:44

Funny how commentators talking about this is very standard Nibali and he did the exact same thing in 2014 when he won - forgetting that he played with peak Froome and peak Contador on Col du Béal....
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09 Jun 2018 15:01

Valv.Piti wrote:Funny how commentators talking about this is very standard Nibali and he did the exact same thing in 2014 when he won - forgetting that he played with peak Froome and peak Contador on Col du Béal....


He attacked Froome and Contador on the flat with some 28 km to go just to blow up on the final climb in the last stage. Still finished seventh GC. This year it's nowhere near that shape but I'm not too worried.
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09 Jun 2018 15:05

Yeah, I wouldn´t be worry about :) I was worried much more during whole Giro 2016 before he did move on Agnelo, even when Chavez attacked there there before him, I never would put any money that he can win
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