Vincenzo Nibali stuck between rock and hard place with Tour de France break aspirations

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Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) on stage 2 of the Tour de France 2021 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Vincenzo Nibali is hoping score for Italy on the day the Azzurri play Belgium in the UEFA European Football Championships but is stuck between cycling’s rock and a hard place. The Trek-Segafredo rider is not strong enough to be an overall contender in this year’s Tour de France but has still to slip down the overall classification sufficiently to be allowed to go up the road and into a breakaway.

The 36-year-old Sicilian seems perfect for Friday’s marathon 249 kilometre stage from Vierzon to La Creusot, the longest of the Tour for 21 years. 

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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.