Vincenzo Nibali doubts form ahead of Il Lombardia

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Vincenzo Nibali is a two-time winner of Il Lombardia and the Italian tifosi are hoping he can continue his series of wins in alternate years. But after a long season of racing that included the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the Shark of Messina is uncertain if he can bite again in his final major race with Bahrain-Merida before his move to Trek-Segafredo for the 2020 season.

Bahrain-Merida named Nibali and Dylan Teuns as team leader, perhaps edging their bets with the Belgian after his third place in 2018, and knowing Nibali lacks the endurance and form needed to win one of the hardest Classics of the season.

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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.