Vincenzo Nibali relishes 'difficult but beautiful' Tour of Flanders debut

For more than six hours, he was bumped and jostled from all sides. All day long, there was scarcely room to turn and barely a lull in which to compose himself. Then, just as he was finding his feet in this alien terrain, he was dropped by the winner after attacking on a climb. And still, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) reached Oudenaarde with the air of a man who had relished his first experience of the Tour of Flanders.

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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.