Vincenzo Nibali ready to broaden his repertoire at the Tour of Flanders

The name escaped him, so Vincenzo Nibali turned to consult with Bahrain-Merida directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe. "What's the one that starts out like this?" Nibali asked sotto voce, tilting his hand to indicate the gradient. "Ah, the Kwaremont," Verbrugghe said, and Nibali turned back to his audience and smiled bashfully: "I'm sorry, I don't remember the names."

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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.