Procycling - - Debrief -

Vin­cenzo Nibali is a rare thing in the mod­ern pelo­ton – a grand tour win­ner who has also taken vic­tory in a Mon­u­ment. His two wins in Lombardia are up there on his pal­marès along with his four grand tour wins (two in the Giro d’Italia, one each in the Vuelta a Es­paña and Tour de France). He’s also come close to vic­tory in LiègeBas­togne-Liège and Mi­lan-San Remo, both times in 2012. In the 2012 Liège, he at­tacked on his own with 20 kilo­me­tres to go and looked to have built enough of a lead to win. How­ever, his chal­lenge melted on the fi­nal drag to the fin­ish in Ans as As­tana’s Maxim Iglin­skiy over­hauled him, and he fin­ished sec­ond. In Mi­lan-San Remo, he got away with Fabian Cancellara and Si­mon Ger­rans on the Pog­gio, but was the weak­est sprinter of the three and came third. Nibali’s only peer is 2009 Vuelta win­ner Ale­jan­dro Valverde, who has won Liège four times and come sec­ond twice in Il Lombardia. The other grand tour win­ners in the cur­rent pelo­ton (in­clud­ing the re­cently-re­tired Al­berto Con­ta­dor), haven’t mus­tered a sin­gle podium in a Mon­u­ment be­tween them. Chris Froome’s best in a Mon­u­ment is 36th, in the 2013 Liège.

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