According to the Astana staff, Vincenzo Nibali may skip Giro d’Italia. They may prefer to select his leader in the Tour de France to avoid the risk of key mountain stages being cancelled due a bad weather.
Currently at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Sicilian rider and the Kazakh team were disappointed that the queen stage of the Italian race was cancelled 24 hours before the stage. “There’s no snow and we’re disappointed because the race has been falsified and BMC will win the final classification and take home the WorldTour points”, DS Paolo Slongo told Tuttobiciweb.
“If every time there’s a risk of bad weather people behave like this, we’ll look at our plans for the season,” he later told CyclingewsThere are three altitude finishes scheduled and we can’t allow that Nibali puts everything on the Corsa Rosa (the Giro d’Italia) and then not have his say. With (Astana team manager) Vinokourov and Vincenzo we’ll decide what to do but we could decide to change our plans.”
It is possible that Nibali’s schedule will be change din the next days.
“We’ll evaluate the idea of Vincenzo riding the Tour instead of the Giro. We planned that Aru would target the Tour this year but it wouldn’t be a problem having Vincenzo at the Tour too. It’s something we’ll look at”, he explained. “Vincenzo is great climber and it’s not fair that he targets the Giro, and then the mountain stages are possibly taken out of the race. What has happened at Tirreno-Adriatico could happen in the Giro, and that would compromise all our work and our goals for the season. It would also compromise the Giro. That could be a reason to study and so eventually our plans for the season.”
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