BELFORT, France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali has no longer given up on being a contender on the Excursion de France within the wake of a tough Giro d’Italia regardless of dropping floor within the first hilltop end on Thursday, his trainer mentioned.
FILE PHOTO: Biking – Excursion de France – The 175.Five-km Degree Five from Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Colmar – July 10, 2019 – Bahrain-Merida rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy sooner than the beginning. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Nibali is one in every of two energetic riders with titles at the Excursion, the Giro and the Vuelta a Espana.
He ended the Giro, his house grand excursion, in 2d position in Might and the Sicilian have been looking ahead to the 6th degree end on the peak of the Planche des Belles Filles to evaluate his Excursion de France shape.
A winner there in 2014 — the yr he gained the Excursion — Nibali struggled within the ultimate a part of the ascent, a brutal effort on graveled roads within the Vosges area, dropping 51 seconds to protecting champion Geraint Thomas of Britain.
“He was once nonetheless with the most productive with 500 meters to head however that’s when he were given dropped,” trainer Paolo Slongo advised Reuters on Friday sooner than the beginning of the 7th degree to Chalon sur Saone.
“It’s a ordinary scenario since the GC (basic classification) isn’t long past however he’s been distanced a little bit.”
General, Nibali lies in 20th position, 1:07 in the back of Thomas, the most productive positioned of the principle contenders.
“We can take it day-to-day and notice how the sensations are,” Slongo, who has overseen all 4 of Nibali’s grand excursion victories and any other seven podium finishes, defined.
Making an attempt to win the Giro and the Excursion in the similar season is among the maximum tough demanding situations within the recreation, with Italian Marco Pantani the final rider to reach the double in 1998.
“The Giro was once his first function after which got here the Excursion. We knew that using two grands excursions could be tough. He’s 1:07 in the back of Thomas, it’s no longer a disastrous scenario.”
A number of contenders, together with Colombian Egan Bernal, France’s Thibaut Pinot or Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, are forward of Nibali.
But the 34-year-old has the facility to manage a killer blow and with six extra mountain levels and 4 mountain-top finishes to come back, there will probably be numerous alternatives to show the location round.
“Letting pass of the GC could be silly,” mentioned Slongo.
“We’ll see how issues pass however we will be able to trip with out tension, extra loose, and if the overall classification is long past someday we’ll see about successful levels.”
Whilst Nibali’s efficiency was once a little bit disappointing, Slongo had lots to rejoice on Thursday.
The Italian’s crew mate Dylan Teuns gained the degree from a breakaway and Giulio Ciccone, who completed 2d, claimed the entire chief’s yellow jersey.
“I used to be glad the day gone by as a result of we gained the degree and likewise as a result of a tender Italian rider took the yellow jersey. It’s at all times a excitement and a excellent factor for Italian biking,” mentioned Slongo, who has additionally coached Giro winner Ivan Basso, dash specialist Elia Viviani and three-times international champion Peter Sagan, who’re all Excursion de France degree winners.
Reporting through Julien Pretot; Enhancing through Toby Davis