Ever since joining Team Astana Qazaqstan, Vincenzo Nibali has had a lot of goals and ambitions. After all, he performed really well during his tenure with Trek-Segafredo. Now Vincenzo has returned home and he plans to make a difference.
Vincenzo is slated to ride the Giro d’Italia next month but he will not be alone, he will be joined by teammate Miguel Angel López. Since the start of the event is on the horizon, Nibali has admitted that he is unclear about his form. He was not planning this, but then he shifted his focus to Giro d’Italia and Tour De France. An unexpected infection of COVID-19 and tonsillitis destroyed his early-season plans that were supposed to commence in February.
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After recovering from the illness Vincenzo returned back to racing, and this time it was in late March. He started with the Milano-Torino and the Settimana Coppi e Bartali where he finished at the 11th overall position. Due to some reasons, he had to opt out of Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo.
Vincenzo Nibali said:
It’s been a difficult year, with COVID and tonsilitis. The build-up to the Giro has been like that. We’re having to get used to seasons that are a bit out of the ordinary. It’s not easy.
I felt good after the comeback at Coppi e Bartali, and I went directly to train in the Canaries at Mount Teide. From there I’ve come here to Sicily. I think I’ve worked well, and these stages will be another block of work.
I don’t have a direct comparison. For me, too, it’s a bit of an unknown as to how I really am. If some good things come, I’ll be more than happy. And then I’ll ride Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Luckily, Astana Qazaqstan is one of the only three WorldTour teams at the event. The other two teams are Trek-Segafredo and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Let’s see how the Italian performs at the Giro d’Italia.
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