Teams & Riders Vincenzo Nibali discussion thread

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At this point I'm not sure I wouldn't think of VA as a GC threat. If he finds the legs he had last year in the mountains, which are not super tough anyway, then with that final TT he has a chance to get a good result.
Even if we assume he's a threat, that's still only two riders, one of whom is unproven.

Nibali knows his form better than we do, but if he has any legs I don't see the point in giving it a go.
 
I still can't believe he will be at the top of the Colombière with the favourites, especially after today's effort. Maybe if the pace is not crazy high... Jumbo clearly is not gonna drill it, Pog isn't in a hurry to be in yellow, we'll have to see what Ineos does. Thomas seems off his best but Carapaz is in blistering form so maybe they will already try something.
 
Yesterday he said he has to drop out of the GC in order to win a stage. Today he goes in a break and lands in sixth just behind Pog. Tomorrow: "it's not my intention to be so high in GC but the legs responded well"
Let's not forget the interview where he says he has no intention to be in break, 'cause that would just doom the attempt. Yet he was among the first ones to move. He's such a snake and I love it.
 

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TBH, in some way I am jealous, that you (all, probably) think Nibali may win something..
That's so ridiculous and so stupid that becomes so crazy, and yes, unfortunately so wonderful.
 
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if they assume (just like we all do) that pogacar is untouchable then he is not in the equation, he just happens to profit from it
TBH, in some way I am jealous, that you (all, probably) think Nibali may win something..
That's so ridiculous and so stupid that becomes so crazy, and yes, unfortunately so wonderful.
This is totally ridiculous
NIbali was not in contention at the Giro because he crashed a few weeks before and hurt his wrist

This idea that he is all washed up when Richie Porte,, Damino Caruso and Geraint Thomas are not is also ridiculous


I cant see why Niobali is the only one who cant win anything ??

Nibali may not be able to beat Pogacar but neither can anyone else

On a fast rouler stage he may find it difficult to stay at the end on the slopes with Allaphill;pe but then no one else can

And he doesn't have the power of WVA and MvDP but who has ?

Nibali is smart and lucky ...If Nibali is all washed up then so is every one else in the peloton except the few mentioned above ...but there are many ways to skin a cat and win a race
 
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This idea that he is all washed up when Richie Porte,, Damino Caruso and Geraint Thomas are not is also ridiculous
He had been bossing things when those three were still busy slaving, for some reasons it makes people things they are fresher talents.

By the way, I don't fully get the hype about his Olympic chance like it's worth for him to put all the season hope all in it. If he's seen as declining and having difficulty peaking for anything, why do some think he'll suddenly fly like it's Rio again?
 
He had been bossing things when those three were still busy slaving, for some reasons it makes people things they are fresher talents.

By the way, I don't fully get the hype about his Olympic chance like it's worth for him to put all the season hope all in it. If he's seen as declining and having difficulty peaking for anything, why do some think he'll suddenly fly like it's Rio again?
Because Vino
 
He had been bossing things when those three were still busy slaving, for some reasons it makes people things they are fresher talents.

By the way, I don't fully get the hype about his Olympic chance like it's worth for him to put all the season hope all in it. If he's seen as declining and having difficulty peaking for anything, why do some think he'll suddenly fly like it's Rio again?
because we feel the God of the Bag is hearing our prayers.
 
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He had been bossing things when those three were still busy slaving, for some reasons it makes people things they are fresher talents.

By the way, I don't fully get the hype about his Olympic chance like it's worth for him to put all the season hope all in it. If he's seen as declining and having difficulty peaking for anything, why do some think he'll suddenly fly like it's Rio again?
If you don't fully get the hype after years of unreasonable hype in this thread you haven't really paid attention :D

Realistically speaking, the Olympics RR is often a strange race. Legs matter, but team tactics and ability to read the race are equally important. A few contenders won't be there or might be tired after a Tour ridden full gas. Nibali also has a history of over performing in long and hard races (even last year in the WC, when his shape was far from optimal).

So yeah, at the moment he's far from a favorite, but I wouldn't say he has zero chances of winning.
 

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