Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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Nibali arrived late last evening in Flanders, says he is in shape. Today there's a recon of the last 70 Km from Ronde. Paolo Slongo and Michele Pallini, Vincenzo's personal physiotherapist, masseur and soigneur will not be there, they will join him in Pais Vasco.
 
Press conference today. In short:

Vincenzo will be the captain although he doesn't feel that way, Sonny was sick and not in great shape: "I'm sorry that Sonny Colbrelli had some problems: we will ride the race especially with Haussler, so he will be our guide. I do not feel like a captain because I do not have the right experience ".

Rik Verbrugghe says "We have to benefit from Quick Step making the race, align our course with them and read well what they are going to do. Vincenzo is not a favorite, but I do not think he should be inferior to a Yves Lampaert or that type of rider when he comes in the final with those guys. Only he has to get into that final and that will be the biggest challenge in his first Tour of Flanders."

Nibali says there's not much you can "invent" in this race especially if you don't know it well. He felt very good on the cobbles, the climbs are not that hard but the fact that they came in quick succession, cobbles, narrow roads and of course during the race it's difficult. The Roubaix cobbles are much worse. He says he has the condition and wants to perform well.

"I am going to race here with much attention. There are often crashes here that could impede the rest of your season. For sure, I won’t risk it out there.”

“In Flanders, I came here with respect for the race and for my rivals. They are true riders. There are other objectives this year, but I’m going to try to do the best I can here. Can I win? I’ll be honest, I don’t know, but I’m going to try to have a good race.”
 
As strange as it sounds, after reading the cyclingnews article I'm happy he doesn't consider himself a favorite. If he had hyped himself up as much as many other people do it would be a little embarrassing if he finishes outside the top 50.
 
Gigs_98 said:
As strange as it sounds, after reading the cyclingnews article I'm happy he doesn't consider himself a favorite. If he had hyped himself up as much as many other people do it would be a little embarrassing if he finishes outside the top 50.
Hype and high expectations are unreasonable, a pleasant surprise is not.
 
Now I'm just imagining him every year going to his respective team's GM:

"Roberto [Amadio], can I please do Vlaanderen this year?"
...
"Vino, can I please do Vlaanderen this year?"
...
"Brent [Copeland], can I please do Vlaanderen this year?"
 
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Nirvana said:
Actually Bahrain is his team (literally) so he could do what he wants now.
The only one that has some influence on him is Slongo that (for example) convinced him to ride Sanremo.
Thought it was that Bahraini prince's team...

But, anyway, so the last one should have been

"Well, *** this! I'm doing Vlaanderen this year, and you can't stop me!" or something like that?
 
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Red Rick said:
Nirvana said:
Actually Bahrain is his team (literally) so he could do what he wants now.
The only one that has some influence on him is Slongo that (for example) convinced him to ride Sanremo.
That decision was alright
He attacked on numerous occasions on the Poggio before, once finishing on the podium. He also attacked once on the Cipressa so the only thing Slongo had to do was to convince him he had a good enough condition to challenge the win. As for Flanders, Verbrugghe gave him support in what seemed a crazy idea. Tomorrow we'll find out if he can do something good.
 
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RedheadDane said:
Nirvana said:
Actually Bahrain is his team (literally) so he could do what he wants now.
The only one that has some influence on him is Slongo that (for example) convinced him to ride Sanremo.
Thought it was that Bahraini prince's team...

But, anyway, so the last one should have been

"Well, **** this! I'm doing Vlaanderen this year, and you can't stop me!" or something like that?
The prince put the money (well, also Merida) but the team is run by his former agent, the management and employees are largely from old Liquigas or were with Nibali at Astana, he choose the riders he wanted between old team mates like Pellizotti and friends like Pozzovivo. And was him that convinced the prince to do the team after a meeting in the offseason before 2016 knowing that he would have left Astana at the end of the season.
 
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Rollthedice said:
Red Rick said:
Nirvana said:
Actually Bahrain is his team (literally) so he could do what he wants now.
The only one that has some influence on him is Slongo that (for example) convinced him to ride Sanremo.
That decision was alright
He attacked on numerous occasions on the Poggio before, once finishing on the podium. He also attacked once on the Cipressa so the only thing Slongo had to do was to convince him he had a good enough condition to challenge the win. As for Flanders, Verbrugghe gave him support in what seemed a crazy idea. Tomorrow we'll find out if he can do something good.
First and foremost he convinced him to ride because he doesn't want to. This winter in an interview (probably I also posted here the link when it was released) they asked to him about Sanremo and he answered that he didn't want to ride anymore on this route because he thought was too easy without Manie.
 
Man, it sucks that nibali couldn't hold terpstra's wheel. He probably would have finished together with pedersen on the podium. Anyway, this race probably convinced him to give the cobbles another shot in the coming years
 
To sum up, a really good display today. Too bad he couldn't hold with Terpstra for just a couple of hundred meters longer - then he may have even had a chance for the podium. However, Nibbles should be convinced to ride Ronde again.
 
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Ivan_Basso_77 said:
To sum up, a really good display today. Too bad he couldn't hold with Terpstra for just a couple of hundred meters longer - then he may have even had a chance for the podium. However, Nibbles should be convinced to ride Ronde again.
Good race, he can be proud of what he achieved against ultra specialized 10 kilos heavier guys. Nobody could hold Terpstra's wheel today and it was obvious that Nibali was not at 100%. I'm not sure Ronde is for him, time is running out.
 
Gigs_98 said:
Man, it sucks that nibali couldn't hold terpstra's wheel. He probably would have finished together with pedersen on the podium. Anyway, this race probably convinced him to give the cobbles another shot in the coming years
If he wins Liege then I can see him giving up GTs and adding a few kg and power to give this and roubaix a shot. Maybe even Yorkshire 2019.
 
Up until blowing up it was exactly what I'd hoped for. The Kruisberg is the ideal spot for him in this race, and he was really there on all the right moments. Don't necessarily think he'd need extra muscles for Vlaanderen, but rather more specific preparation.

Great ride nonetheless.
 
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