Nibali ready for ‘in­tense’ Giro in 2016

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For­mer cham­pion Vin­cenzo Nibali said he will ex­pect an “in­tense” Giro d’Italia in 2016 but left doubts over his par­tic­i­pa­tion as or­gan­is­ers un­veiled de­tails of next year’s race in Mi­lan.

Start­ing in Apel­doorn on May 6, the Nether­lands, the 10th edi­tion of the three-week race has some­thing for ev­ery­one with three in­di­vid­ual time­tri­als, a hand­ful of sprint­ers’ stages and enough moun­tain climb­ing to keep the sus­pense go­ing un­til the penul­ti­mate stage be­fore the race fin­ishes in Turin on May 29.

As­tana leader Nibali has not raced the Giro since his im­pres­sive tri­umph in the snow-hit edi­tion in 2013, and although doubts re­main over his fu­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion, the Ital­ian gave an in­di­ca­tion that next year’s race could tempt him back.

“It looks like an in­tense edi­tion,” said Nibali, fresh from win­ning his maiden Tour of Lom­bardy, the fi­nal ‘mon­u­ment’ of the one-day clas­sics sea­son, on Sun­day.

“It also has three time-tri­als that are likely to play a role in the fi­nal stand­ings, as well as some tough moun­tain climbs. I like it.”

With next year’s Tour de France as well as the Rio Olympics ex­pected to be on Nibali’s agenda, the Ital­ian added: “The thought of re­turn­ing to the Giro is there, but it’s still too early to make a de­ci­sion yet.”

Held over 21 stages from May 6-29, next year’s race to­tals 3 383km and fea­tures six moun­tain­top or up­hill fin­ishes.

Af­ter the open­ing time trial of 9.8km in Apel­doorn and two fur­ther, flat stages in the Nether­lands that favour the sprint­ers, the pelo­ton trans­fers to the ‘sole’ of the Ital­ian penin­sula where hos­til­i­ties re­sume on stage four at Catan­zaro, con­sid­ered a ‘medi­um­moun­tain’ stage.

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Vin­cenzo Nibali

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