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Nibali to ride Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2019

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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)
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Brent Copeland and Vincenzo Nibali welcome McLaren to the team

Brent Copeland and Vincenzo Nibali welcome McLaren to the team
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Matej Mohoric and Vincenzo Nibali get rolling at team camp

Matej Mohoric and Vincenzo Nibali get rolling at team camp
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Vincenzo Nibali in Croatia at team cmap

Vincenzo Nibali in Croatia at team cmap
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Vincenzo and Antonio Nibali at the Saitama criterium in Japan

Vincenzo and Antonio Nibali at the Saitama criterium in Japan
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Vincenzo Nibali has announced that he will ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019.

Speaking at the Bahrain-Merida team presentation in Hvar, Croatia, on Wednesday afternoon, Nibali outlined his plans, noting a third Giro d’Italia victory would be his principal objective of the coming season.

European debut in 2019

Bahrain-Merida confirmed that Nibali would make his season debut at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana on February 6. He will then ride the new UAE Tour (Feb 25-March 2) that is part of the WorldTour and Tirreno-Adriatico (March 13-19). He will defend his Milan-San Remo title on Saturday March 23. The Grand Tour training will begin in early April at altitude with Nibali riding the Tour of the Alps (April 22-26) and liege-Bastogne-Liege before the Giro d’Italia. He is unlikely to race any other stage races between the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

“It will depend on my condition and how I come out of the Giro. The Giro uses up a lot of strength. I have tried to do two Grand Tours in recent years and it’s difficult, especially when you do the Giro and Tour together,” said Nibali.

Team Sky have yet to announce their leader for the Giro Italia, though the team nonetheless dominated headlines on Wednesday following the announcement that Sky would cease its backing of the squad at the end of the 2019 season.