Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark

Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics

by CyclingTips

Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) responded publicly to his critics about his performance at the Tour de France. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, ahead of the Rio Olympics, he said he is angry over people’s criticism of his recent performance, saying he was never intending to ride for the overall in France.

Former teammates Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) exchanged a few words as they crossed the finish line. Photo: Cor Vos

Former teammates Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) exchanged a few words as they crossed the finish line. Photo: Cor Vos

“I’m not a robot. Everybody always expects a lot from me, I get that, but I never said I was going for the classification. That’s why I think I was far too heavily criticised when I was dropped on the first mountain stage in the Massif Central,”

“I want to point out that I had a great first part of the season. I won in Oman in February, I rode strongly in March at Tirreno-Adriatico and I won the Giro d’Italia. I’ve always been very focused and I only had one day off in the winter so that I’d be on form for 2016.”

This will be the third Olympics for Nibali who thinks that this course, along with now being an Olympic veteran, will suit him.

“In Beijing I was very young and scared because I did not know how to handle an event like this, being part of a great team. I had to work in the first half for Bettini. In London we did not have a favourite for the type of course and the race was not easy to manage.”

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