Sad that he won't be going to Giro dell'Emilia in this final block of races.
"For me it will be a great emotion and honor to close at Lombardia, which is one of the races I have loved the most in my career. I remember the victories of Bettini and Cunego in my early pro years and dreamed of one day conquering this Monument. I have already succeeded twice and on Saturday the 8th I will try again in what will be my last race. I came out of La Vuelta well and have good sensations."
Two races before GdL, Agostoni and Tre Valli Varesine.
I'm working on multiple scenarios right now, all of them based on an attack on the descent of Madonna del Ghisallo. Meanwhile Pog, for some unknown reason stops for a visit at the museum on top while the chase group is doomed since Valverde is there. Pinot works like a madman with Nibali just to be dropped on the Civiglio descent.I feel there hasn't been much noise about Nibali and we've all accepted his retirement without a fight. I call on all you fellow vikings to ramp it up and go bananas for the race of the falling leaves.
Maybe there is a trophy collection in there? I heard Slovenians tend to have a thing for that kind of stuff.I'm working on multiple scenarios right now, all of them based on an attack on the descent of Madonna del Ghisallo. Meanwhile Pog, for some unknown reason stops for a visit at the museum on top while the chase group is doomed since Valverde is there. Pinot works like a madman with Nibali just to be dropped on the Civiglio descent.
@rhubroma!As I posted years ago, I had the opportunity to chat with Vincenzo during a full-on race at Fiuggi, where he was based in preparation for his Giro win in 2013. Uno spettacolo as they say.
As has been pointed out, this really belongs here:
Vincenzo Nibali was riding in my group at the front of a Granfondo (yesterday) as a training ride with his teammate Valerio Agnoli who is from Fiuggi, where the race began. Nibali and Agnoli are staying at altitude above Fiuggi in preparation for the Giro, since Nibali's wife is from there (they met because Nibali and Agnoli are good friends). I actually spoke with him, Nibali, briefly while we were cruising along on one of the only flat spots on the 130k (80 mile) course. What did I say? Naturally best of luck at the Giro. He's known as "the Shark of Messina." Now I know why. He doesn't have a muscle or any fat that's not in function of peddling a bike and, I dare say, he doesn't seem to be peddling, but swimming. Weird. The Giro starts next week, so it was interesting to see one of the best bike racers in the world at near maximum form. He will fly in the race. You heard it first here.
He seemed rather down to earth. It was funny, you know. At the start of the Granfondo there were like over 1000 participants. Myself and the guys I ride with were in the first grill, though it still took about 3 minutes to actually depart, because there were about 300 riders in front of us.
The first 20K were lightning fast and so it was a matter of getting your a$$ up to the front without crashing or going fuori giro, then the first climb came!
I got over that with the leaders. We were at that point a group of 40-50, no more. Then there was another climb and that shed another 20 or so out the back. Finally the pace dropped back down in the valley and one could take a bit of a breather before the next climb (there was over 2300 meters of total vertical ascent on the course).
It was at this point that I noticed two really fit guys with sky blue kit among us. I immediately realized neither had race numbers on and remembered that Nibali and Agnoli were above Fiuggi at altitude according to la Gazzetta dello Sport. Then I thought "Sh!t, that's Nibali and Agnoli."
We had been going so hard before and I was so concentrated on my race and holding position, first getting up to the front, then on the climbs, that I hadn't even noticed them. Then I thought, pfff, gotta say something to the bloke, so I did. No big deal. He got a kick out of the fact though that, while American, my mother's side of the family had emigrated to the US from Messina a century or so ago. After our brief exchange then came the next climb to Fiuggi, not the longest of the day, but the steepest. A brutal series of switchbacks, with brief sections at 20% for about 3-4k. Still there, but a break of 4 gets away, among whom was the eventual winner.
It was on the next climb of 10k that Nibali and Agnoli bridged up to the leaders. Bye-Bye…or rather, ciao.
Really? I only joined recently so didn't know.Valverde fans vs Nibali fans has been the lifeblood of the forum for years.
All the while Valverde and Nibali himself have been perfectly amicable.
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