A few years ago, there were questions about the future of Iberian cycling regarding the Grand Tours. It is now on the other side of the Alps that one may have serious doubts of seeing an Italian victory in a three-week event. It must be said that Italy is somewhat helpless in this sector with the retirement of Vincenzo Nibali which brought the Italian colors to the top in the Grand Tours for almost twelve years: two Tour (2013 and 2016), a Tour of France (2014) ea Vuelta (2010). But who to take over? The question must be asked. The candidates do not push themselves to the gate despite some good runners like them Giulio Ciccone (27 years old / Trek-Segafredo) or promising young people likeAntonio Tiberi (Age 21 / Trek-Segafredo) o Andrea Bagioli (Age 23 / Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). Worrying?
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Nibali: ‘Unfortunately, to date, there is no heir or a rider who stands out’
“Unfortunately, to date, there is no heir or a rider who stands out.“This shocking phrase is the work of Vincenzo Nibali in the comments reported by The messenger. the Shark from Messina he put his feet in the plate and did not disguise his concern for Italian cycling regarding the Grand Tours. It must be said that there is cause for concern for the future of the peninsula. While remaining one of the historic cycling nations (85 successes in the three weeks), Italy is facing a generation gap. Just look at the results of the last decade (2010-2020) to see that the Start was behind with seven wins, including four for the only one Vincenzo Nibali : of them Tour (2013 and 2016), a Tour of France (2014) ea Vuelta (2010).
the Shark from Messina has thus brought the Italian colors to the top in the Grand Tours for almost twelve years. Currently no transalpine is able to succeed him. One cyclist was able to join him on the winners list. is Fabio Arù (32 years old). Winner of Tour of Spain in 2015, The knight of the four moors – The Knight of the Four Moors – was logically designated as the successor of Vincenzo Nibalibut he didn’t confirm his promises and put an end to his career, which will leave a great taste of unfinished as the Sardinian had class in motion last year. Like it Fabio Arùit is an entire generation that did not have the predicted flu.
Italy indigent in the Grand Tours?
An example : Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates / 30 years). After promising results in the three-week races, notably with a 9th place in the Tour of Spain 2016, he finally headed for the one-day races, in which the native of Negrar achieved good placings (2nd in Liège-Bastogne-Liège for example), without being able to be consistent. Like Formolo, Italian cycling has turned to other specialties: the sprint (Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin …), the time trial (Filippo Ganna) or the Classics (Diego Ulissi, Alberto Bettiol …).
The peninsula it is full of great runners, but as far as the Grand Tours are concerned, the pool is a bit limited even if Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious / 35 years old), a regular teammate, almost created a big surprise last year (2nd in the Giro d’Italia). From now on, transalpine hopes therefore seem to rest on the sole Giulio Ciccone (Age 27 / Trek-Segafredo). However, the climber – winner of three stages on the Tour – he has never been in the fight for the general classification of a Grand Tour (16th at the Giro d’Italia 2019, his best performance). “He is a very strong climber and a brave runner, but he is a little nervous at times. I hope he manages to find this subtle balance that will allow him to have stability in his performance.“, Indicated in particular Vincenzo Nibali during his press release.
Who to take over Vincenzo Nibali ?
Even though he has the skills to shine on a Grand Tour, Giulio Ciccone – which seems more destined to aim for stage victories – remains somewhat limited to competing Tadej Pogacar (United Arab Emirates Team Emirates), Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and others. Who then take over Vincenzo Nibali ? Antonio Tiberi (Age 21 / Trek-Segafredo) may be the lucky one. “We have to see how Antonio will mature, both in timekeeping and in the mountains to become a leader. After all, he’s only 21 and we have to give him time.“, recalled the Shark from Messina who ended his career last October.
Matteo Sobrero (25 years old / Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Kevin Colleoni (22 years old / Team BikeExchange-Jayco) e Andrea Piccolo (Age 21 / EF Education-EasyPost) will be the ones to watch, as well as Filippo Zana (23 years old / soon at Team BikeExchange-Jayco) or young people Davide Piganzoli (20 years old), 5th of last Future tower. But here too, the talents of this new generation … Andrea Bagioli (Age 23 / Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) or Jonathan Milan (22 years old / Bahrain Victorious) in the lead – they turn to other specialties. Italy hasn’t won a three-week event in six years … so the wait could be long for the peninsula.