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Nibali unlikely to ride the 2014 Giro d'Italia

Stephen Farrand
October 7, 2013, 17:00,
October 7, 2013, 18:00
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Vincenzo Nibali looks set to compete at the Tour de France in 2014

Vincenzo Nibali looks set to compete at the Tour de France in 2014

  • Vincenzo Nibali looks set to compete at the Tour de France in 2014
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was crowned the 2013 Giro d'Italia winner
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

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Italian rules out a possible Giro-Tour double attempt

Vincenzo Nibali was one of the stars of the 2014 Giro d'Italia route presentation after dominating this year's race and winning the pink jersey. However, the Sicilian is unlikely to target a second consecutive victory in 2014. Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov has already announced that Nibali will focus on the Tour de France next season and he seemed against the idea of going for a risky Giro-Tour double.

"I can't say if I'll ride or not at the moment because we haven't decided my race programme for next season,” Nibali told the media after the official presentation with a fine display of cycling diplomacy equal to his racing skills on the bike.

"Things will be decided during the first team get together, so that I know the early season races I'll riding. After that we'll decide things for the Grand Tours."

Nibali ruled out the possibility of riding the Giro as preparation for the Tour de France.

"As an Italian it'd be difficult to consider riding like that. It's not right. If I decide to ride the Giro, I'd go for the general classification," he said.

"I've often done two Grand Tours in the same season and I did the Giro and Vuelta this year. This year I started the season strong, missed the Tour and then was strong in the Vuelta and end of the season. But that's easier to do because there's more time to recover. Riding the Giro and then the Tour will the goal of winning both is difficult."

Nibali liked the balanced route and the stages which could allow for surprise attacks and changes in race leadership. He is no doubt tempted by a possible second consecutive victory but also knows he is at the peak of his career and has a real chance to win the 2014 Tour de France.

"It's a good route and it’s open to different and sudden changes in the race leadership," he said after watching the presentation of the stages.

"There are some possible traps in the first week, while the final week is most difficult part, where the 47km time trial will be vital. The Monte Grappa mountain time trial will be tough too. It's not an easy route."

aruipksni More than 1 year ago
to my opinion Vincenzo need to defend his title , and win the vuelta back from horner (juicy horner). this are the real GT races. and he should then go to win the world championship, like he was supposed to do this year, from the "weel sucker" rui costa. the TDF is in SKY hands. the route will probably will be "froome suitable", with long time trials and long steady inclines , that suite froome and sky. Vincenzo should not waste his energy on this commercial sold out race.
boombastic More than 1 year ago
ah, ok. tdf is commercial sold out race, with sky-friendly parcour, world championship wins wheel sucker, and vuelta was win by juicy horner... i am sky-sceptic, but your attitude is from another dimension...
sbroaddus More than 1 year ago
have to agree with boombastic here.
Schnitzel Converter More than 1 year ago
The Shark is what 28, almost 29, so he's got some chrono up his skinsuit to do the all out focus thing he needs to do to bring in the last Grand Tour he hasn't won. It seems there's too much sacrifice to be able to win both, let alone just be strong in both. Turning up to the Giro as a warm-up for Le Tour... seems a rather, well, rude thing to do after winning the previous version.
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
Absolutely. For an Italian as holder of the Maglia Rosa to use the Giro as a warm up is unthinkable. The press would have his teeth - the shark will stay well clear of those waters.
iloveyouido More than 1 year ago
He's got way too much class to use the Giro as a warm-up race. He should definitely ride the Tour next year; for the sake of the competition and to secure his own legendary legacy.
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Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Good news for Fuglsang, He should go for the giro next year.
cothercott More than 1 year ago
Nibali has the ability and strength to win a TdF. He should go for it. I'm a Sky fan, but there was little this year that said to me that they dominated the way they did in 2012. This wasn't a Sky friendly tour, it had two times up the Alpe d'Huez with a dodgy descent between, it had more summit finishes than in previous years. Froome's victory was pretty much just that. Aside from Porte he did not get the level of assistance enjoyed by Wiggins. Can he keep doing that? Maybe. But he's not invulnerable.