Nibali’s masterpiece, Niewiadoma wins in Cittiglio: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 19, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali solos to thrilling Milan-San Remo win; Kasia Niewiadoma wins solo at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andrea Guardini back to his winning ways at Tour de Langkawi; Mark Cavendish escapes major injury in Milan-San Remo crash; Rivals react to Nibali’s Milan-San Remo attack; FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope bikes stolen the night before Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andre Greipel suffers probable collarbone fractured in Milan-San Remo crash; Oscar Sevilla beaten and robbed in training; Matt Lawton on a ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky; Highlights from the Cape Epic prologue; Fremantle to Sydney riders set off; Nibali hits phone-wielding spectator on way to Milan-San Remo win; Behind the scenes of Caleb Ewan’s Milan-San Remo podium.

Rivals react to Nibali’s Milan-San Remo attack

by Matt de Neef

For Vincenzo Nibali to win at Milan-San Remo he needed to attack on the Poggio, and yet when he did just that, there was almost no response. There was no concerted chase to reel in the Italian, one of the world’s best descenders and a big threat when away on his own. Several of Nibali’s rivals have given their perspective on why “The Shark of Messina” was given the space he was.

“In this race, the decisive point is the Poggio,” said Peter Sagan, a former teammate of Nibali’s. “Vincenzo surprised everybody and nobody answered his attack. I just wanted to see the different riders’ reaction. But there was no reaction…”

“In the end, I’m very happy for Vincenzo because only he showed the balls. He took a nice victory.”

Last year’s winner, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) was surprised Nibali was given such latitude: “We fell asleep a little bit there,” he said. “Pretty much the whole bunch, just let him go and he gained 15 to 20 seconds.

“It maybe didn’t surprise me, but I was surprised that no other sprinter teams were going anywhere – they just stopped riding. I thought they were going to make a steady tempo without any slowing down or any crazy accelerations.”