Nibali upbeat after second place in Vuelta a Espana stage to Hazallanas

A searing counter-attack by Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) netted the Shark of Messina second place on stage 10 of the Vuelta a España and second place in the overall standings. While the Spaniards Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) have posed questions on the shorter, punchier ascents, Nibali is well able to respond when the big climbs come into view.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.