Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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Oct 12, 2020
I said I was pessimistic a few days ago, well it's even worse now... I expected him to lose something like 45 seconds at most to Kelderman today.
A couple of days ago people thought Nibali would lose the Giro in the TTs.

It looks like quite the opposite now.
Scratch that.

He's got his work cut out for him now but you'd bet the trophy cabinet on him being able to deal with Almeida and Kelderman in the mountains.

We'll wait and see. One thing is for sure: this man knows how to last three weeks. Once the shark smells blood, it's too late for everyone else.
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The good: GC situation means Trek won't have to carry the race. Win condition hasn't changed all that much. Everyone but Kelderman and Almeida within distance and on climbs like Agnello/Izoard/Stelvio Nibali should still be able to take them.

The bag: Where the *** did it go

The ugly: Nibali's shades. Nibali's ITTs at Trek. Can't really win without Stelvio/Agnello anymroe.
The funny thing is, if two weeks ago you had told me Nibali is gonna enter the Alps in 5th place behind only Almeida, Kelderman, McNulty and Bilbao my reaction would have been, well easy win then. If Nibali's shape is there those guys should still really not be a problem (with the exception of Kelderman maybe, but even then it's just Kelderman), but at this point I fear the shape just isn't there.
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