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- Vincenzo Nibali on Tour of Flanders debut: ‘I know nothing about it, just what I’ve seen on TV’
- Nibali linked to new Bahrain-sponsored team for 2017
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The Italian, who is under contract with Bahrain-Merida until , said Sky is one of the best teams in the world and did not rule out moving to the British outfit. The year-old, a member of the exclusive group of riders who have won all three Grand Tours, has been with Bahrain-Merida since when he joined from Astana. A general classification rider with considerable one-day racing talents, Nibali has achieved some of the highest accolades in bike racing. If a team want to take me, they want to take me for the win. The season is very long.
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Vincenzo Nibali Bahrain-Merida admits that he knows as much as the average cycling fan when it comes to racing the Tour of Flanders this April 1. The experience will be entirely new for the year-old, 13 seasons a professional. He fell in love and wanted to win it afterwards. Nibali got his first taste of cobbles in horrible conditions at the Tour de France Watson. The other two Monuments, Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, differ drastically with their cobbles and favour the more powerful riders over the lightweight climbers.
Vincenzo Nibali laid down the first pedal strokes of his season on Monday at the Vuelta a San Juan , with every rotation taking him that bit closer to the Giro d'Italia , and he is surrounded in Argentina by the core of riders who will accompany him in May as he bids to land a third overall victory at his home Grand Tour. It's Nibali's first racing appearance in the colours of the new Bahrain-Merida team, a set-up truly crafted in his image. The plan for the team was hatched when he met and rode with Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, and it is replete with fellow Italians and former teammates, not to mention his coach, Paolo Slongo, and press officer from Astana. It's rare that one rider exerts such influence within a team, and Nibali has had plenty of say in terms of the transfer policy, with former teammates Valerio Agnoli and Franco Pellizotti brought in at his behest. They have been getting to know each other and are doing all their racing and training together," Slongo told Cyclingnews at the start of the first stage by San Juan's Plaza de Mayo.
After an announcement by Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa stating his intent to create a cycling team with aims to "compete with the best teams in the world", human rights activists have called on the UCI to block it from receiving a licence under the UCI's ethical code. But should the UCI approve its licence application which, by most reports will be aimed at the WorldTour, some groups have threatened to disrupt the Tour de France in protest. Prince Nasser announced the team on May Alwadaei supported the idea of a protest, telling MEE, "We are determined to make sure the voices of the victims are heard. We are going to make sure they are remembered. Those alleged victims were athletes who participated in a 'Arab Spring' uprising.
Vincenzo Nibali on Tour of Flanders debut: ‘I know nothing about it, just what I’ve seen on TV’
Nibali linked to new Bahrain-sponsored team for 2017
Vincenzo Nibali has been linked to a major new professional cycling team that could be created and backed by Prince Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of the Bahrain royal family. According to Ciro Scognamiglio in Sunday's edition of Gazzetta dello Sport , Nibali is keen to move his group of riders and staff to a new team for and the prince of Bahrain is apparently ready to take on Astana , Trek-Segafredo and Lampre-Merida to try to secure Nibali's signature on an eventual contract. Cyclingnews understands that Bjarne Riis is involved in the creation of the new team. The prince has completed several triathlons in recent years. He announced the creation of the new cycling team via a post on Instagram, which revels an initial logo and intentions to compete at the highest level in professional cycling.