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Teams & Riders Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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Mayomaniac said:
Red Rick said:
Rollthedice said:
It's that time of year with awards and festivities. Though not a very good year for Nibali, Gazzetta found a category to give him a prize, Legends at Gazzetta Sports Awards. The only interesting new thing he said is that he is 98% recuperated after the crash. A nice picture here.

img-20181205-132557.jpg
Last 2% he won't know until he reaches those shapes again.

Fantastic image.

This is my favorite cycling video of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KZrPAxMklI
Biggest nailbite finish of the year and fantastic teamwork, his team slowing down the bunch near the front right aftr his attack and having a teammate like Colbrelli that was one of the favourites right there. Nibali was also flying a bit under the radar after Tirreno-Adriatico, it was just the perfect storm, you could see his confidence when he was fighting for positions on the Cipressa.
I'm not gonna lie, I turned to another channel cause I couldn't handle the stress. I regret it now.
 
Nice video, glad that the Samsung phone moment is in, adds to the dramatic effect. For me it was a big shock going from a resting couch heartbeat on a nice March Saturday to what must've been way over Froome's Ventoux HB. The most intense minutes watching cycling since forever, not quite what the doctor recommends.
 
I'm still getting emotional watching him winning MSR. It was such an unbelievable moment, something I dreamed of suddenly becoming reality when I never though it wouldn't realistically be possible. It was one of those moments I watch cycling for. For someone who isn't a Nibali fan it might have been just another edition of MSR but for me it was a moment I won't forget for years.
 
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Rollthedice said:
Nice video, glad that the Samsung phone moment is in, adds to the dramatic effect. For me it was a big shock going from a resting couch heartbeat on a nice March Saturday to what must've been way over Froome's Ventoux HB. The most intense minutes watching cycling since forever, not quite what the doctor recommends.
He crushed their hopes, he crushed their dreams, and he crushed a random smartphone
 
Gigs_98 said:
I'm still getting emotional watching him winning MSR. It was such an unbelievable moment, something I dreamed of suddenly becoming reality when I never though it wouldn't realistically be possible. It was one of those moments I watch cycling for. For someone who isn't a Nibali fan it might have been just another edition of MSR but for me it was a moment I won't forget for years.


It was one of the great moments of the season.
 
At least 3 more years. Makes me dream of a Rainbow and Olympic medal :) I hope he focuses on le Tour in 2019 and doesn't try the double!

Hopefully he is fully recovered from the broken back...we shall see!

"In any case, the 34-year-old Nibali intends to continue his career until at least the end of the 2021 season, and perhaps beyond. “I don’t want to be categorical. Maybe I might continue until I’m 40 or maybe I’ll get bored before that. Or perhaps in two years, I could concentrate only on the Classics,” he said.

Nibali was speaking at La Gazzetta dello Sport’s annual awards ceremony in Milan, where he was presented with the "Legend Prize" in honour of his dramatic solo victory at Milan-San Remo in March. He was also an aggressive presence at the Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne in the weeks that followed, but he noted that he is not quite ready to shift his focus to one-day races. "No, not straightaway," he said. "I still feel I’m a stage race rider."
 
'On Cipressa I realized that I could do something important, I almost didn't breathe and at that point it's not easy. I talk on the radio and I say I'm fine. My voice is so steady and quiet that in the car they remain stunned. Then they too understood how it could end"
 
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Rollthedice said:
'On Cipressa I realized that I could do something important, I almost didn't breathe and at that point it's not easy. I talk on the radio and I say I'm fine. My voice is so steady and quiet that in the car they remain stunned. Then they too understood how it could end"
Nothing worse than climbing at your max and having Nibali being all tranquillo next to you
 
It might be me but i m under the impression his msr win did a lot for his career and his standing in italy.
Winning another gt wouldnt have done that or wouldnt have had the same impact.
It was crazy to start watching the race expecting nothing but as a nibs fan from the first hour i saw really quick that he was very good that day. The way he was bossing through the peloton was a sign of great things to come. Same attitude on the bike as lombardia 2017. Shoutout to moho who put him in the ideal position right before the poggio.
Then he fooled everyone by going way sooner on the poggio then anyone expected. A genius move really as the others were confused as hell and didnt know what to think about a march nibali with all his goals later in the season.
 
Lo squalo di messina said:
It might be me but i m under the impression his msr win did a lot for his career and his standing in italy.
Winning another gt wouldnt have done that or wouldnt have had the same impact.
It was crazy to start watching the race expecting nothing but as a nibs fan from the first hour i saw really quick that he was very good that day. The way he was bossing through the peloton was a sign of great things to come. Same attitude on the bike as lombardia 2017. Shoutout to moho who put him in the ideal position right before the poggio.
Then he fooled everyone by going way sooner on the poggio then anyone expected. A genius move really as the others were confused as hell and didnt know what to think about a march nibali with all his goals later in the season.
Yeah it's pretty crazy. Being a GT rider who also contends in LBL and Il Lombardia or even wins them is one thing. But winning Sanremo in the way that he did stands out so far. If you look at the list of winners of Sanremo in the last decades, it's all sprinters with a few classics riders who also have a decent sprint mixed in. And Nibali is the only one who went solo on the Poggio.

But it's not the first time he went early on the Poggio. He also did that in 2011, when he was caught by an elite group on the way down.

Honestly I think he also gained respect for his performance in De Ronde, initiating the winning move.
 
Red Rick said:
Lo squalo di messina said:
It might be me but i m under the impression his msr win did a lot for his career and his standing in italy.
Winning another gt wouldnt have done that or wouldnt have had the same impact.
It was crazy to start watching the race expecting nothing but as a nibs fan from the first hour i saw really quick that he was very good that day. The way he was bossing through the peloton was a sign of great things to come. Same attitude on the bike as lombardia 2017. Shoutout to moho who put him in the ideal position right before the poggio.
Then he fooled everyone by going way sooner on the poggio then anyone expected. A genius move really as the others were confused as hell and didnt know what to think about a march nibali with all his goals later in the season.
Yeah it's pretty crazy. Being a GT rider who also contends in LBL and Il Lombardia or even wins them is one thing. But winning Sanremo in the way that he did stands out so far. If you look at the list of winners of Sanremo in the last decades, it's all sprinters with a few classics riders who also have a decent sprint mixed in. And Nibali is the only one who went solo on the Poggio.

But it's not the first time he went early on the Poggio. He also did that in 2011, when he was caught by an elite group on the way down.

Honestly I think he also gained respect for his performance in De Ronde, initiating the winning move.
I watched flanders from beginning to end only looking at nibs and his position. It was clear he didnt wanna take no risks and he stayed a coupla meters behind the peloton between all those hills. Whenever a hill was coming up he had to sprint all the way to the front and he was doing that alone for the most part. Terpstra was well protected in the bunch the whole time so obviously he had some more reserves.
 
Jungle Cycle said:
Honestly I think he also gained respect for his performance in De Ronde, initiating the winning move.

for some it doesnt matter. it only matters that he came in 24th...[/quote]

I don't think it mattered for him in the first place but he was visible in a meaningful way in his first race there as he was later in Fleche, another race not quite suited to his characteristics. Not to mention that when he's not specifically targeting a race he's more like a miss than a hit. In the end he enjoyed De Ronde but his main job is trying to win Grand Tours, even for a rider like him who seems to come from a romantic, old school past it's almost impossible to be outstanding in both.
 
Rollthedice said:
Jungle Cycle said:
Honestly I think he also gained respect for his performance in De Ronde, initiating the winning move.

for some it doesnt matter. it only matters that he came in 24th...

I don't think it mattered for him in the first place but he was visible in a meaningful way in his first race there as he was later in Fleche, another race not quite suited to his characteristics. Not to mention that when he's not specifically targeting a race he's more like a miss than a hit. In the end he enjoyed De Ronde but his main job is trying to win Grand Tours, even for a rider like him who seems to come from a romantic, old school past it's almost impossible to be outstanding in both.[/quote]

don't get me wrong, i agree with you 100%! he looked like he was having some fun mixing it up with the best eventhough he was not at 100%...
Im shore he`ll be there again for good and with mine support...
 
Rollthedice said:
Jungle Cycle said:
Honestly I think he also gained respect for his performance in De Ronde, initiating the winning move.

for some it doesnt matter. it only matters that he came in 24th...

I don't think it mattered for him in the first place but he was visible in a meaningful way in his first race there as he was later in Fleche, another race not quite suited to his characteristics. Not to mention that when he's not specifically targeting a race he's more like a miss than a hit. In the end he enjoyed De Ronde but his main job is trying to win Grand Tours, even for a rider like him who seems to come from a romantic, old school past it's almost impossible to be outstanding in both.[/quote]


Wasn't his idea for Flanders to race it and see how he handled it and if it was a race he could really go for later? Fleche Wallone is a race very not suited to him although he did try to put on a show there.
 
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Red Rick said:
Mayomaniac said:
Red Rick said:
Rollthedice said:
It's that time of year with awards and festivities. Though not a very good year for Nibali, Gazzetta found a category to give him a prize, Legends at Gazzetta Sports Awards. The only interesting new thing he said is that he is 98% recuperated after the crash. A nice picture here.

img-20181205-132557.jpg
Last 2% he won't know until he reaches those shapes again.

Fantastic image.

This is my favorite cycling video of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KZrPAxMklI
Biggest nailbite finish of the year and fantastic teamwork, his team slowing down the bunch near the front right aftr his attack and having a teammate like Colbrelli that was one of the favourites right there. Nibali was also flying a bit under the radar after Tirreno-Adriatico, it was just the perfect storm, you could see his confidence when he was fighting for positions on the Cipressa.
I'm not gonna lie, I turned to another channel cause I couldn't handle the stress. I regret it now.

Haha I recognise this behaviour. This year I couldnt see the race live, but I recorded it. Then on my way home in the car during the news bulletin on the radio they started a line with "the italian vicenzo". I dint hear next as I turned my radio off at that moment. I was like....vicenzo...Nibali?? MSR??? I didnt believe it, or I didnt want to believe it. Deep down I knew they were talking about Nibali and most likely that he won, but I told myself that maybe they said he crashed or something...

When I watched the race and he attacked it was obvious that he would win since the radio spoiled enough for me, but still my heartrate went through the roof watching the final 6km. It was so intense, I could only imagine how stressed Id been if I didnt know the result.
 
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Kwibus said:
Red Rick said:
Mayomaniac said:
Red Rick said:
Rollthedice said:
It's that time of year with awards and festivities. Though not a very good year for Nibali, Gazzetta found a category to give him a prize, Legends at Gazzetta Sports Awards. The only interesting new thing he said is that he is 98% recuperated after the crash. A nice picture here.

img-20181205-132557.jpg
Last 2% he won't know until he reaches those shapes again.

Fantastic image.

This is my favorite cycling video of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KZrPAxMklI
Biggest nailbite finish of the year and fantastic teamwork, his team slowing down the bunch near the front right aftr his attack and having a teammate like Colbrelli that was one of the favourites right there. Nibali was also flying a bit under the radar after Tirreno-Adriatico, it was just the perfect storm, you could see his confidence when he was fighting for positions on the Cipressa.
I'm not gonna lie, I turned to another channel cause I couldn't handle the stress. I regret it now.

Haha I recognise this behaviour. This year I couldnt see the race live, but I recorded it. Then on my way home in the car during the news bulletin on the radio they started a line with "the italian vicenzo". I dint hear next as I turned my radio off at that moment. I was like....vicenzo...Nibali?? MSR??? I didnt believe it, or I didnt want to believe it. Deep down I knew they were talking about Nibali and most likely that he won, but I told myself that maybe they said he crashed or something...

When I watched the race and he attacked it was obvious that he would win since the radio spoiled enough for me, but still my heartrate went through the roof watching the final 6km. It was so intense, I could only imagine how stressed Id been if I didnt know the result.
Yeah.

Now all I wish is we had MSR with Sporza coverage, but frigging Eurosport.
 
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Nirvana said:
According to Gazzetta this afternoon Nibali will reveal his schedule for next season.

Interesting fact is that most of the user commenting want him to ride on the cobbles and skip the Giro, something strange to read from average Italian fans that usually care only about the Giro.
going for the Giro Tour double
Vincenzo Nibali will go for the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2019. The Italian announced this today during the press presentation of his team Bahrain Merida. "Next year I will ride the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France."
also Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, Tour of the Alps & Liege-Bastogne-Liege
 
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Tim Booth said:
Nirvana said:
According to Gazzetta this afternoon Nibali will reveal his schedule for next season.

Interesting fact is that most of the user commenting want him to ride on the cobbles and skip the Giro, something strange to read from average Italian fans that usually care only about the Giro.
going for the Giro Tour double
Vincenzo Nibali will go for the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2019. The Italian announced this today during the press presentation of his team Bahrain Merida. "Next year I will ride the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France."
also Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, Tour of the Alps & Liege-Bastogne-Liege

He said that the Giro will be his first objective. Before Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, UAE Tour, Tirreno Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, Tour of the Alps and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
 

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