He was for most of the past weeks in Messina where he organized a granfondo. Also, I think last week he said he still had a discomfort (pain) when riding, from the asperities and bumps in the tarmac. So nothing competitive is realistic this year. The man is enjoying his last months with Astana by taking it easy, after all he won 3 GTs for Vino.Arredondo said:I understand his decision actually. If his shape is **** (which i think he thinks it is), there's no point starting in Lombardia. The risk to falter big time is way too high.
But would Nibali be willing to go to a team which doesn't let him ride the giro?Escarabajo said:
Something like "My controls are regular, problems are the defamatory".El Pistolero said:https://twitter.com/vincenzonibali/status/787779800836562944/photo/1?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=vincenzonibali&utm_content=787779800836562944
What's Nibali saying here?
I think the key phrase is this (but perhaps we need to go to the Clinic Forum)Rollthedice said:Here you can read the story triggering Nibali's Tweet. Maybe our Italian friends can summarize better.
Which I think says Nibali's anti-doping test was done 3 hours after the end of the 2015 Italian National Championship at Superga. While for Brambilla it was done straightaway at 16:45.Secondo Francini Nibali alle 19 se ne sarebbe dunque andato, ma nel verbale ufficiale si legge qualcosa di diverso. Confermato il problema dell'assenza delle provette, che sarebbe stato riscontrato alle 16:45, dopo che Brambilla e Conti hanno subito il prelievo, i controlli ematici degli altri tre sarebbero invece avvenuti circa tre ore dopo. 19:26 per Nibali, 19:30 Reda, 19:45 Zilioli. In contraddizione con quanto ha dunque scritto Francini. Per chiarezza, nella tarda serata di ieri, Vincenzo Nibali ha pubblicato un tweet in cui mostra le ricevute dei controlli di quel giorno precisando dunque come i suoi controlli siano "regolari".
Red Rick said:
Where in Croatia are they?Rollthedice said:Red Rick said:
Nibali winning on Etna, then wearing the Maglia Rosa in Messina would be absolutely epic. A well-prepared Nibali and a tailwind, por favor. He and I think especially Slongo learned from last year, they didn't know what they were doing last year despite him winning.Rollthedice said:Red Rick said:
I'd say he was on his absolute best for the last couple of alpine stages of this year's Giro. Undoubtedly two of this year's greatest climbing performances from any rider, in my opinion.El Pistolero said:A Giro-Vuelta double would be amazing, but I doubt he can reach the level of 2013-2014 again. Hope I'm wrong! He certainly won't win the Giro next year if he comes prepared like this year.
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