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Gallery: Nibali continues to work on TT position

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Nibali on the Brescia track

Nibali on the Brescia track (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali discusses the testing with Simone Toccafondi, head of the Specialized Road Racing Division

Nibali discusses the testing with Simone Toccafondi, head of the Specialized Road Racing Division (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Specialized Shiv TT bike

The Specialized Shiv TT bike (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A front view of Nibali's improved position

A front view of Nibali's improved position (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Astana mechanic works on Nibali's Shiv bike

The Astana mechanic works on Nibali's Shiv bike (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A push off helps Nibali get up to speed

A push off helps Nibali get up to speed (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali talks to the technicians about the latest test

Nibali talks to the technicians about the latest test (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali spent severla hours on the Brescia track

Nibali spent severla hours on the Brescia track (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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On the rollers before hitting the track

On the rollers before hitting the track (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali wears the Specialized S-Works + Mclaren helmet

Vincenzo Nibali wears the Specialized S-Works + Mclaren helmet (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali talks to the Specialized technicians

Nibali talks to the Specialized technicians (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali flashes past in a blur

Nibali flashes past in a blur (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali wears the Specialized S-Works + Mclaren helmet

Vincenzo Nibali wears the Specialized S-Works + Mclaren helmet (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali has reduced the chest area to become more aerodynamic

Nibali has reduced the chest area to become more aerodynamic (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at speed

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at speed (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali close up

Nibali close up (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Specialized is using F1 ways of working and telemetry data systems

Specialized is using F1 ways of working and telemetry data systems (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali talks to the technicians

Nibali talks to the technicians (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was back on the track in Brescia this week, as he continues to work with the Specialized S-Racing Performance Team specialists to improve his time trial position.

Nibali underwent a Body Geometry fit session and afternoon on the track in mid-January before the Tour of San Luis, developing a more aerodynamic position on the S-Works Shiv bike. He finished fourth in the 19.2km test, ahead of Tejay van Garderen and Alberto Contador but knows he can improve further, with the aim of limit his losses to main rival Bradley Wiggins at the Giro d'Italia in May.

Specialized has brought together a Performance Program team of experts to help riders from the Astana, Saxo-Tinkoff, Omega Pharma-Quick Step and women's Specialized-Lululemon teams. Simone Toccafondi, the Global Manager di S-Racing, has brought in former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli and telemetry expert Gianni Sala, plus Moto GP telemetry specialist Matteo Flamigni, who works with Valentino Rossi and is also a keen cyclist. Former professional rider Patxi Vila now works for Specialized and is also part of the Performance team.

Nibali was still recovering from efforts at the Tour of Oman but worked with the specialists on further adjustments and improvements to his position with blood lactate data also being recorded. The Italian is likely to adopt slightly different positions for different types of time trials in the future. More testing is planned later in the spring. However in the short term, the most important goal is for him to train in the new position as much as possible so he can adapt to it and so maximize any aerodynamic improvements.