Nibali's existential doubts undermine Italy's World Championships challenge

TURIN ITALY AUGUST 05 Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Ian Garrison of United States and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 101st Milano Torino 2020 a 198km race from Mesero to Stupinigi Turin MilanoTorino on August 05 2020 in Stupinigi Turin Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Vincenzo Nibali in action for Trek-Segafredo at Milano-Torino (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Vincenzo Nibali is the figurehead of the Italian team for the men's World Championships road race in Imola on Sunday but his seemingly existential doubts about his form and his lack of results since racing resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown has weakened Italy's hopes of a world title on home roads.

Italian national coach Davide Cassani is now hoping Diego Ulissi, Damiano Caruso or even Deceuninck-QuickStep neo-pro Andrea Bagioli can step-up and at least fight for a medal and defend Italian pride.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.