Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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'Van Aert had already proved to be the favorite of the day, at the Strade Bianche he had gone very strong. I'm satisfied with what I did. Maybe I attacked too early, I launched the action for Alaphilippe but unfortunately I missed the legs to follow him. On the Poggio I missed that component of explosiveness that he and Van Aert have."

"I think, as a team, we interpreted the race as we should, we have little to reproach ourselves for. We didn't have fast riders and we could only play our chances by attacking and so we did. In the end, I repeat, I'm happy with the way my legs responded, even considering the very few days of racing behind us. Even if the result wasn't there, it was a good race. On the new Milano-Sanremo I can say that it was a different race. The course was tricky but I think the heat did more damage today."
 
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Vincenzo: Hey Remco; check out my trophy cabinet!
Remco: Hmmm...very nice. An almost complete palmares! But I only see one Giro trophy. And I know you have won many, many races, but this is a large and heavy looking trophy; just where is your second Giro hidden?
Vincenzo: Yes, it is an impressive monument. But you just need to look a little closer....

WHAM! BAM! KAPOW!

Not sure if mere voodoo will work on this kid. Might be the only way he is going to crack.
 
Vincenzo: Hey Remco; check out my trophy cabinet!
Remco: Hmmm...very nice. An almost complete palmares! But I only see one Giro trophy. And I know you have won many, many races, but this is a large and heavy looking trophy; just where is your second Giro hidden?
Vincenzo: Yes, it is an impressive monument. But you just need to look a little closer....

WHAM! BAM! KAPOW!

Not sure if mere voodoo will work on this kid. Might be the only way he is going to crack.
From the Giro perspective nothing changes much after Remco's Poland raid, by now we all know what he's capable of. What we don't know is how can he handle three weeks with an infernal third one. It will be interesting next week to see both go head to head in Lombardia. Before, on Wednesday he'll start Gran Piemonte.
 
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From the Giro perspective nothing changes much after Remco's Poland raid, by now we all know what he's capable of. What we don't know is how can he handle three weeks with an infernal third one. It will be interesting next week to see both go head to head in Lombardia. Before, on Wednesday he'll start Gran Piemonte.
Not sure if the likely start list quality is high quality enough to make that third week brutally hard, though. Maybe, maybe not.
 
Here's the team for GdL:

Bauke Mollema (NED)
Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
Giulio Ciccone (ITA)
Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Nicola Conci (ITA)
Jacopo Mosca (ITA)

Directors: Adriano Baffi (ITA), Paolo Slongo (ITA).

Bauke will wear number one. Nibali from Trek Segafredo website:

"Now, I have less than five days of competition. Although the feeling at Milano-Sanremo was good, there are still too many variables to take into account for Saturday.

It's really difficult to have a clear idea of what the race might be like, but we knew that also before the restart. That said, on Saturday I feel confident I can have a good race. At Milano-Sanremo I lacked a bit of sharpness, but the signals on the condition confirmed to me that I am in the right direction. Also, let's not forget that with me there will be a well-equipped team. I believe that together we can implement a common strategy."
 
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He needs to tone down the voodoo.
Jokes aside...he was okay today but it feels like he was in a better shape in march. Maybe it just isn´t easy to peak for classics in mid august when he wants to be at his best in october. He certainly looks better than Carapaz. And if there is one rider that usually knows how to peak late in the season it is Nibali.
On a side note: I really hope that his teammates will pay him back for the work that he did in the italian one day races. You won´t find many riders with his palmares that (even on a bad day or in mediocre shape) are willing to sacrify their own ambitions for a younger rider like Ciccone.
 
He needs to tone down the voodoo.
Jokes aside...he was okay today but it feels like he was in a better shape in march. Maybe it just isn´t easy to peak for classics in mid august when he wants to be at his best in october. He certainly looks better than Carapaz. And if there is one rider that usually knows how to peak late in the season it is Nibali.
On a side note: I really hope that his teammates will pay him back for the work that he did in the italian one day races. You won´t find many riders with his palmares that (even on a bad day or in mediocre shape) are willing to sacrify their own ambitions for a younger rider like Ciccone.

Vincenzo has Always been a team player.
 

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