Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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The ride of a champion, even if he did't win.

May we have many years yet to come of Vincenzo at the head of races
 
My hearth felt a warm breeze when he got caught and attacked again the chasers! :D
That damn strap devastated the end of the season, but we now have confirmation that most probably he's still capable of reaching proper peaks.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Totally useless stats. Those max speeds are so brilliant

Whats the programme next year - just your standard Giro + Vuelta and then full classics, Tokyo and WC hunt 2020? :D
He will decide later on, after courses are released.
2020 I guess depends a lot if he actually stays in TBM or not...
I have a very bad feeling about this! :eek:

Edit: I would bet that 2019 will be Giro + Vuelta + autumn classics. No real crack at LBL in this case.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
 
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Red Rick said:
Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Well also nice races such as Tirreno, MSR, Flanders and yes, TdF. But its the best programme for him I think
 
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Red Rick said:
Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Still has a fixation with Liege.

"The Giro seems very interesting. I got some hints from Vegni (laughs ed.). We know of the departure from San Luca. We will discover the cards further. ... The classic that I miss is Liege. A very complicated race "
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Red Rick said:
Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Well also nice races such as Tirreno, MSR, Flanders and yes, TdF. But its the best programme for him I think
What on earth would he be doing at such a race for sprinters, anyway?
 
“I knew there were some riders were coming across to me on the climb, but I never looked back until the top of the climb. I saw they’d gone deep to catch me, while I’d paced my effort carefully. I only needed to kick one more time to go clear and make it to the finish and take second.”

So actually he eased to get caught then gamble everything on a surprise attack. One of the most incredible moments of cycling I ever witnessed.
 
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Rollthedice said:
“I knew there were some riders were coming across to me on the climb, but I never looked back until the top of the climb. I saw they’d gone deep to catch me, while I’d paced my effort carefully. I only needed to kick one more time to go clear and make it to the finish and take second.”

So actually he eased to get caught then gamble everything on a surprise attack. One of the most incredible moments of cycling I ever witnessed.
My father said that same to me while we were watching the race, to him it looked like he had ridden at a steady pace to attack again if he was caught.
I was a bit surprised when Nibali said pretty much the same durning the interview. :D
 
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Rollthedice said:
“I knew there were some riders were coming across to me on the climb, but I never looked back until the top of the climb. I saw they’d gone deep to catch me, while I’d paced my effort carefully. I only needed to kick one more time to go clear and make it to the finish and take second.”

So actually he eased to get caught then gamble everything on a surprise attack. One of the most incredible moments of cycling I ever witnessed.
Next level cycling. Certainly one of the most spectacular second places I have seen.
 
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tobydawq said:
Valv.Piti said:
Red Rick said:
Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Well also nice races such as Tirreno, MSR, Flanders and yes, TdF. But its the best programme for him I think
What on earth would he be doing at such a race for sprinters, anyway?
Winning!
 
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zapata said:
tobydawq said:
Valv.Piti said:
Red Rick said:
Valv.Piti said:
Problem with Giro + Vuelta is he most likely isnt going to contend for any other big races outside of the Lombardia, but I guess this is the best he can do. Thibaut and Vincenzo matchup again.
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Well also nice races such as Tirreno, MSR, Flanders and yes, TdF. But its the best programme for him I think
What on earth would he be doing at such a race for sprinters, anyway?
Winning!
I might have been ironic while still writing a post that would not have seemed ironic 8 months ago.
 
Could'nt watch the race live unfortunately, but after reeding some reactions on here I had to catch up tonight. What a show it was and a second place that is probably the best and most important of his career. And tbh it isn't Nibali, I'm happy with Tibo as well. Most importantly though, we can look ahead hopeful to 2019 :)
 
Sometimes a second place like that values more than many victories. Even though Vincenzo was obviously not at his best physical shape, he rode a brilliant race. Vincenzo, thank you once again for another incredible memory you presented us. I am extremely proud to be a fan of yours.
 
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tobydawq said:
zapata said:
tobydawq said:
Valv.Piti said:
Red Rick said:
The races he'd skip would be only Liege. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice
Well also nice races such as Tirreno, MSR, Flanders and yes, TdF. But its the best programme for him I think
What on earth would he be doing at such a race for sprinters, anyway?
Winning!
I might have been ironic while still writing a post that would not have seemed ironic 8 months ago.
Sanremo isn't a race he'd peak for, and it's basically a freeroll every time he rides it. Low risk for the form, and a very low chance of a great reward.
 
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