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Can Vincenzo Nibali Win the 2014 Tour de France?

July 07, 2014
Can Vincenzo Nibali Win the 2014 Tour de France?

Viva l’Italia!

Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France saw all the big names, including Froome, Contador and Nibali, surging towards the finish line in Sheffield. Despite an attack by Froome on the final climb of the day, it was Nibali who covered ground in the decent before making his final move, leaving cyclists in his wake and crossing the line to nab the yellow jersey.

We've said all along he's one to watch - and today's nine categorised climbs certainly played to his strengths. How long can he hold the yellow? We can't wait to find out!

A bit more about Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali is one of Italy’s new generation of cycling super sensations. Now 30 years old, Nibali at the age of 16 left his home town of Messina in Italy’s south to pursue his cycling talents.

Otherwise known as

‘Lo squolo dello stretto’, or ‘shark of the straight’, a reference to his brilliant attacks on the bike.

He rides

A Specialized Tarmac (complete with custom designed shark motifs, of course!)

Riding for

Nibali now rides for Team Astana, which is the UCI Pro Team from Kazakhstan (Astana is the capital city).

‘Nowhere’ Nibali

Nibali had come under fire of late for failing to achieve recent podium finishes. Indeed in some circles he’s referred to as the ‘nowhere man’. The birth of Nibali’s daughter Emma, a crash in Argentina’s Tour de San Luis, acclimatisation and some tweaking to the training programme could well have played an influence on his usual smashing spring performances. Normally a prolific climber, Nibali is going to have to wait until midway through the Tour before the real mountains kick in.

The Shark is back

Nibali started to silence critics at last month's Italian Road Riding Championships, where he placed first. Stage 2 of this year's Tour de France should have quietened down any further detractors!



Giro d’Italia – first

Tirreno-Adriatico – first

Vuelta a Espana – second


Tirreno-Adriatico – first

Liège-Bastogne-Liège – second

Tour of Oman – second

Tour de France – third

Milan-San Remo – third

Read more about the 2014 Tour de France


Giro d’Italia – second (first in stage 16)


Vuelta a Espana – first

Tour de Slovenie – first