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by Shane Stokes
April 3, 2018
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On Sunday Vincenzo Nibali rode the Tour of Flanders, launching a strong attack close to the finish of one of the sport’s toughest races and – inadvertently – setting up the winning move of Niki Terpstra (QuickStep Floors). He finished a respectable 24th, one minute 18 back.
One day later he was in action again, riding the opening stage of the Itzulia Basque Country and, despite the fatigue in his legs, performing well. He finished a very solid 19th, 51 seconds behind stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors) and 28 seconds behind the chase group containing many of the other race favourites. Teammate Gorka Izagirre took fifth.
“After the great effort of yesterday at the Ronde I have to say that my legs were spinning well,” said Nibali. “But in the end I lacked a bit of strength to get back on the top. I was with Ion [Izagirre, Gorka’s brother] and we saw them [ahead], but we missed a bit of brilliance to get them back.”
Despite the time loss, though, Nibali has impressed with his recovery from Flanders. He won Milan-San Remo last month.