Vincenzo Nibali: I'm getting stronger day by day

Vincenzo Nibali Etoile de Besseges 2021 stage 3 Trek-Segafredo
Vincenzo Nibali on the move during stage 3 of the Étoile de Bessèges (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Although Vincenzo Nibali didn't get into the decisive break on the third stage of the Étoile de Bessèges, it wasn't through lack of trying.

According to a staff member on a rival team, the Trek-Segafredo leader lined the bunch out in very impressive fashion on at least two occasions early on the stage before the break finally formed. It was almost as if he'd been told to make those efforts by his coach, Paolo Slongo, Cyclingnews was told.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).