Vincenzo Nibali ramped up training intensity ahead of season debut in Bessèges

Trek-Segafredo's Vincenzo Nibali on stage 20 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia
Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Vincenzo Nibali will make his season debut at Etoile de Bessèges for the first time this week. After a disappointing 2020 Giro d'Italia, where he finished a distant seventh behind surprise winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, the Trek-Segafredo veteran said he changed his training during the off season to include more intensity with the hopes of getting back to his best for the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Olympic Games.

The 36-year-old has been on a Grand Tour podium 11 times during his career and has won all three – the Tour de France in 2014, Vuelta a España in 2010 and the Giro d'Italia twice in 2013 and 2016. With the exception of 2018 – when a spectator caused him to crash and fracture a vertebrae – and 2020, Nibali has been on or near the podium of a Grand Tour every season for a decade and aims to get back there this season.

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