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Teams & Riders Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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Jelantik said:
I like your determination :p. I remembered last year, we were saying the same thing about Contador. Wait until this, wait till that, wait ..he'll be strong by the tour. etc, etc. It was really excruciating experience to finally see that contador's form was no where near Froome after all the hope of 'wait until'... *fill in the blank yourself*

Nibali is showing the same thing. He is clearly chasing his form now. His lack of winter training is catching up with him. For sure, he will be ready for the TDF (no one doubts about it), but BIG question will be: is his form enough to challenge Froome and Contador? *cue in jeopardy music now :D*

Don't get me wrong, I do agree that Nibali's form is not where it should be, and that he is suffering the effects of a bad winters training. I do think we need to see him in a stage race and that seeing him in a stage race would show more what his form is like then his performance in LBL today did.

It's very worrying though that he does not appear to be taking part in Romandie. He still has time to get into some form that will allow him to make a top 5 at the Tour. Hopefully he can do better and manage to make the podium.
 
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maxmartin said:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/nibali-ready-for-tour-of-romandie

Nibali ready for Tour of Romandie, it is interesting to see how he stacked up with TJVG. I think time is about right for Nibali to have a good result after coming down from altitude training

+1. Crunch time for Nibs. I'm looking forward to see him compete at romandie. Besides this is the first time (after Oman), he'll face Froome again. They're both just fresh coming off altitude. So should be interesting, who get the most box ticked :D
 
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Looking forward to see what Astana's plan will be. Hopefully not the same as the last couple of stage races.

Using Fuglsang as a rabbit doesn't work. Since Kangert has been unstable, Nibali has been completely isolated when his second-in-command has been in an unsuccessfully break. They need to change their tactics.
 
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Fzotrlool said:
Looking forward to see what Astana's plan will be. Hopefully not the same as the last couple of stage races.

Using Fuglsang as a rabbit doesn't work. Since Kangert has been unstable, Nibali has been completely isolated when his second-in-command has been an unsuccessfully break. They need to change their tactics.

Ah yeah, I agree with all that.

Is it just me being weird or does Nibbles look a bit chubbier than usual at LBL - looked like he was sporting a double chin :confused:

Glad he is riding Romandie.
 
I hope Nibali is really back. His TT today was a good sign after a bad Liège (for me personally, I was expecting mayhem); I just hope it's not one of those cases were the TT is OK but climbing seems to be disappointing. If he finds himself too heavy he can also pull the Ulrich strategy and ride the Giro as he keeps his mouth closed :D
 
trevim said:
I hope Nibali is really back. His TT today was a good sign after a bad Liège (for me personally, I was expecting mayhem); I just hope it's not one of those cases were the TT is OK but climbing seems to be disappointing. If he finds himself too heavy he can also pull the Ulrich strategy and ride the Giro as he keeps his mouth closed :D

Indeed. It seems tomorow is not a day to do something, snow on Simplon and it's been taken out of the stage. He looked a bit heavier all this season, family man.
 
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Rollthedice said:
Indeed. It seems tomorow is not a day to do something, snow on Simplon and it's been taken out of the stage. He looked a bit heavier all this season, family man.

Was thinking he was a little heavy this season.

Suspect his bride is a good cook/foodie ;)
 
maxmartin said:
well Froom set the new standard for the other GC contenders and fans!:eek:

Froome is ridiculously thin, but let me point to the Giro '13 pre race conference:

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All skeletons.