Nibali shows off gravel skills as he tests disc brakes for 2019 - Video

Italian posts on-board video of fast descent on new Merida bike

Vincenzo Nibali showed off his descending and gravel riding skills as he tested a disc brake bike in preparation for swapping caliper brakes for discs for the 2019 road season.

Nibali posted several on-board videos on his Instagram account made with his brother and fellow Bahrain-Merida rider Antonio.

His younger brother struggled to stay with Vincenzo while the older rider dived down a long descent of the San Baronto hill in Tuscany, as the track switched from single-track to farm track, olive groves and narrow country lanes. Nibali showed off his bike skills by riding at over 40km/h, carefully but comfortably modulating his speed with the disc brakes.

The Shark of Messina celebrated his 34th birthday last week and revealed that Merida sent him the disc-brake bike as a birthday present.

Cyclingnews understands that Nibali will use a disc-brake in some races in 2019.

“I took two days off social media, but I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes I was sent,” Nibali said in the video.

“I want to show you something that Merida sent me for my birthday. I’ve just been able to test it out and it’s amazing. I’ve had a lot of fun with it today.”

Nibali briefly showed what appears to be the Merida Mission CX 8000-E cyclo-cross bike. He posted a series videos of his high-speed descent of the secrets tracks down San Baronto.

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