Tour of Oman Provides Ideal Test In Nibali TDF Build-Up

Al Mussanah, Oman, Feb 16, 2015 (AFP) - Ten days after his season opening race in Dubai, Italy's Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, returns to the peloton on Tuesday and a tougher test in the Tour of Oman. The 30-year-old Sicilian, who finished seventh in Oman last year, is looking forward to a race more suited to his climbing skills unlike Dubai which was predominantly a sprinters … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali ‘Not Leaving’ Embattled Team Astana

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Nov 28, 2014 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali insisted he will not quit the embattled cycling team Astana following the doping positives of two teammates and three from the suspended Astana Continental outfit. "I'm not leaving, even though I would have every right to," Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday. Astana's … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Keeps A Cool Head In Hectic Tour

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris. The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal. From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Puts a Stranglehold On The Tour de France

PARIS, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at the 2014 Tour by finishing safely in the pack on Sunday's 21st and final stage from Evry to Paris, won by German Marcel Kittel. "It's the most important and the best moment, I never … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Secures Tour de France Victory

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PERIGUEUX, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali secured Tour de France victory on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin dominated the penultimate 20th stage time trial and the host nation celebrated podium success. Barring a final stage catastrophe on Sunday, Astana rider Nibali is assured of winning his first Tour title on the Champs … [Read more...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Stamps His Authority On The Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HAUTACAM, France, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali emphasised his total domination of the 2014 Tour de France with a fourth stage victory on Thursday. The 29-year-old Italian had admitted on Wednesday that he was riding within himself but on the 144.5km 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam, he decided to put on a demonstration. And it was precisely … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali A Tough Rival For Chris Froome

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali won his third stage and extended his lead, while Sky's Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day … [Read more...]

The Vincenzo Nibali Show Continues At Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali continued to stamp his mark on the 2014 Tour de France with his third stage victory on Friday to increase his overall lead to more than three minutes. The Italian champion proved too strong once again for his rivals as he rode away from the field on the final climb to Chamrousse on the 197.5km … [Read more...]