Tokyo Olympics a 'nice dream' for Vincenzo Nibali in year to race Giro and Tour

Paris Nice 2020 - 78th Edition - 6th stage Sorgues - Apt 161,5 km - 13/03/2020 - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA - Trek - Segafredo) - photo Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2020
Vincenzo Nibali at 2020 Paris-Nice (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The glass, Vincenzo Nibali said, was neither half full nor half empty when the Giro d’Italia drew to a close in the half-light of a grey afternoon in Milan last October. “It was exactly at halfway,” he said with a smile. “You just have to accept what comes.”

Nibali’s final placing of seventh broke a sequence of six consecutive podium finishes at the corsa rosa, while the success of men a decade or more his junior – Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), Jai Hindley (Team DSM) and João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in Italy, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) at the Tour de France – seemed to suggest a changing of the guard in the Grand Tours.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.