The Italian polemica that raged after RCS Sport cancelled stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico has passed as quickly as the bad weather that caused all the problems, with Vincenzo Nibali and RCS Sport’s head of cycling Mauro Vegni shaking hands and the Italian still likely to ride the Giro d’Italia and possibly even Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.
On Tuesday it emerged that Nibali has threatened to sue Dimension Data rider Matt Brammeier for a tweet that described Nibali as a “narrow minded, selfish moron”. Nibali felt offended by the tweet, considering it a severe lack of respect. The Astana team also headed to the Etixx-QuickStep bus on Monday morning to talk to Tony Martin, who poured oil on the fire by tweeting: "Matt, you’re a legend! I couldn’t say it better!"
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Nibali’s lawyer Fausto Malucchi will handle the case.
“Were trying to contact the riders involved to see what they say and if they apologise. If that happens I don’t think we’ll take hem to court,” Malucchi said. “We’ve always opted for zero tolerance in defamation cases but as this is a case involving fellow riders, there’s some tolerance.”