Vincenzo Nibali

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Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali TOC 2009 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Vincenzo Nibali
Nickname Lo Squalo (The Shark)
Born (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 29)
Messina, Sicily, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2005
2006–2012
2013–
Fassa Bortolo
Liquigas
Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
General classification (2014)
4 individual stages (2014)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2013)
4 individual stages (2010, 2011, 2013)
1 TTT (2010)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2010)
Combination classification (2010)
1 TTT (2013)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2012, 2013)
Giro del Trentino (2008, 2013)
Giro di Padania (2012)

One-day races and Classics

GP Ouest-France (2006)
National Road Race Championship (2014)
Infobox last updated on
18 July 2014

Vincenzo Nibali (Italian pronunciation: [vinˈtʃɛntso ˈniːbali]; born 14 November 1984) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered one of the strongest stage race riders in the world today. He rides for the Kazakhstani UCI ProTeam Astana.[2]

Born near the Strait of Messina, his nickname is the "Shark of the Strait", "the Shark of Messina" or simply "The Shark".[3][4] He is also referred to as "Nibbles." His first major win came at the 2006 GP Ouest-France, where he beat an impressive field on a tough course. However, experts such as Michele Bartoli have said Nibali is most suited to competing in multi-stage races.[5] Nibali's biggest wins are the 2010 Vuelta a España, the 2013 Giro d'Italia, and the 2014 Tour de France, making him one of six cyclists who have won the three Grand Tours in their career. He has also won two editions of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

Early life[edit]

Vincenzo Nibali was born on 14 November 1984 in Messina, Sicily, the son of Salvatore and Giovanna. In order to become a cyclist, he left his hometown Messina and moved to Tuscany at the age of sixteen. For ten months of the year, he lived in the house of his ex-directeur sportif, Carlo Franceschi, in Mastromarco, near Lamporecchio.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nibali finished third at the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2002 and also third at the U-23 World Time Trial Championship in 2004. He turned professional in 2005 with Fassa Bortolo. In 2006, Nibali signed with Liquigas. In that year, he won the French classic GP Ouest-France at 21 years of age.[8] He also finished in second position overall of the 2.1 rated Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, taking the win on the first stage.[9] In 2007, Nibali rode the Giro d'Italia for the first time and finished 19th overall. 2008 saw Nibali finish 10th in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, obtaining also an 11th place finish in the Giro d'Italia and a 20th place finish in the Tour de France.

2009[edit]

Nibali finished seventh overall in the 2009 Tour de France

2009 saw Nibali record a win in the Giro dell'Appennino where he attacked almost 50 km (31.1 mi) from the finish to win solo.[10] Another victory in 2009 was the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore. He finished sixth overall in the Tour of California and ninth overall in Tour of the Basque Country, before sharing leadership of Liquigas at the Tour de France with Roman Kreuziger. Nibali proved the stronger of the two and finished in seventh place overall, then his best placing in a grand tour.

2010[edit]

Nibali wears the leader's jersey at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana

Nibali began 2010 in great form by finishing first overall in the Tour de San Luis. He was a last minute addition to Liquigas' Giro d'Italia squad following Franco Pellizotti's last minute withdrawal over Blood Passport irregularities. Nibali wore the Maglia Rosa after his Liquigas-Doimo team won the stage four team time trial, later won the 14th stage and after some good climbing through the rest of the race, he managed to finish on the podium finishing third behind his teammate Ivan Basso and David Arroyo. In June, Nibali won the Tour of Slovenia. Later in the season, Nibali won the Trofeo Melinda. Nibali won the Vuelta a España without winning a stage, thanks to consistent high placings on summit stage finishes and the race's two time trials.[11] He had inherited the race lead after Igor Anton was forced to abandon after crashing on stage 14. Though he lost it to Joaquim Rodriguez, he later regained it on the final time trial. This marked his first grand tour victory.

2011[edit]

Nibali began 2011 with solid form, taking 5th overall in Tirreno-Adriatico. He also enjoyed a solid classics season, recording 8th place in Milan-San Remo and 8th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Nibali was one of the favourites for the Giro d'Italia, with Ivan Basso not riding, giving him sole leadership of Liquigas. Though he entered the race as a big favorite, he could not match Alberto Contador throughout much of the mountains. He still managed to stay in the top three throughout much of the race. He finished third overall behind Alberto Contador and Michele Scarponi, with Nibali and Scarponi fighting over second in the final week when it became apparent the gap to Contador was too large (Contador was later stripped of the title, moving Nibali up to second).

Nibali was also leader of Liquigas at the Vuelta a España. On stage six, Liquigas orchestrated an escape on the descent into Córdoba, but a miscommunication saw Nibali finishing fourth, failing to take any bonus seconds. He moved to third overall on stage 11, behind Sky duo Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Over the Next few stages, Nibali began to chip into Wiggins' lead by taking time bonuses from sprints. However, stage 14 saw Nibali crack on the final climb, putting him out of contention for a podium placing. He finished seventh overall.

2012[edit]

Nibali at the 2012 Tour de France

Nibali began the 2012 campaign with second overall in the Tour of Oman, one second behind Peter Velits, winning the queen stage. Nibali finished first overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico after winning stage five. He also won the points classification. In March, Nibali finished third in Milan-San Remo, his first podium finish in a monument.

On Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he broke away solo when he attacked on the descent of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons and dropped his main challengers with 20 kilometers to go, but he was passed by Maxim Iglinsky (Astana) in sight of the final kilometer (flamme rouge). He held on to finish in second place.[12]

Nibali chose to focus his attention on the Tour de France, skipping the Giro d'Italia in order to prepare. After a solid first week, Nibali finished fourth on the first summit finish on stage seven to rise to third in the overall standings, sixteen seconds behind leader Wiggins and six behind defending champion Cadel Evans. However, Nibali conceded over two minutes to Wiggins in the time trial on stage nine, where he placed eighth, and slipped to fourth on the GC, behind Wiggins' team mate Froome. On stage ten, Nibali attacked on the descent of the Col du Grand Colombier and linked up with team mate Peter Sagan, but the pair were caught by the Team Sky led peloton. Nibali then accused Wiggins of showing a lack of respect at the stage finish.[13] Nibali went on the attack again on the following stage, which finished with a climb to La Toussuire, and put time into Wiggins and Froome, only for the pair to drag themselves back to Nibali, although he did move up to third overall after Evans lost time. He attacked again on stage 16 on the Col de Peyresourde with only Wiggins and Froome able to chase. They caught him before the summit but Nibali accelerated again but Wiggins closed the gap and the three of them finished together. Nibali lost time to Wiggins and Froome the following stage, another mountain stage, this time with a summit finish and two stages later in the final individual time trial which Wiggins won. Nibali finished third, the only rider to finish within ten minutes of Wiggins and Froome.

Nibali left Liquigas-Cannondale at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Astana on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.[2] The deal has been reported to be a three million Euros a year contract.[14]

2013[edit]

Nibali started his 2013 season in good form finishing 7th in the Tour of Oman and winning the Tirreno–Adriatico. In the latter race, he took the leader's jersey off Froome's shoulders in stage 6, where he escaped with Peter Sagan and Joaquim Rodriguez on a short climb with a gradient of 30%.[15] He held off Froome in the final time trial. In April, he won the Giro del Trentino on the final stage featuring a mountaintop finish. He took the lead from Maxime Bouet, who had been the overall leader since the second stage. Nibali powered away on the last Hors Category climb, distancing rivals Mauro Santambrogio and Wiggins, who suffered a mechanical issue, and winning the stage in solo fashion.[16]

Nibali wearing the leader's pink jersey on the final stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Nibali and Wiggins entered the Giro d'Italia as the two favourites for overall victory. Nibali took the leader's Maglia Rosa on stage eight after finishing fourth in the time trial won by Alex Dowsett, conceding only 11 seconds to Wiggins. On stage ten, the first mountain top finish, Nibali finished third behind Rigoberto Uran to extend his lead over second placed Evans to 41 seconds. The rest of the race was severely affected by poor weather conditions. Nibali put further time into his rivals on stage 14, finishing on Monte Jafferau Jafferau, as he and Mauro Santambrogio rode away in freezing conditions, with Nibali allowing Santambrogio to take the stage win. Nibali won stage 18, a mountain time trial, by 58 seconds from Samuel Sánchez, to extend his lead over Evans and Urán to over four minutes. The following stage, scheduled to be the queen stage of the race, had to be cancelled due to snow. Stage 20, the final mountain stage, also saw heavy snow, as Nibali attacked on the final climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo to win the stage by 17 seconds from Fabio Duarte, with Urán a further two seconds back. Nibali also moved into the lead in the points classification. Nibali safely negotiated the final stage to Brescia to win the Giro by four minutes 43 seconds over Urán, his second Grand tour overall victory. However, as Mark Cavendish collected all the intermediate sprints before winning the final stage, Nibali finished second to the Manxman in the points classification.[17]

At the Vuelta Nibali was vexed as to whether he should chase the red jersey to record his second grand tour in 2013 or reserve his energy for the World Championships to be held just weeks later in his adopted Tuscany. He captured the race lead on stage 4 though losing it on stage 8, he managed to regain it on stage 11, a time trial. He rode well throughout wearing the red jersey for several stages maintaing his race lead through much of the race. Nibali has now worn the leader's jersey more than any other Italian in the history of the Vuelta. He lost his race read though on stage 19 to Chris Horner. He attacked Horner many times during the final mountain stage on the steep Angliru but he cracked in the end finishing 4th on that stage. He finished 2nd overall in the general classification.

2014[edit]

After winning the Giro in 2013, the Tour de France became the main objective for Nibali's 2014 season.

Throughout much of his season before the Tour, Nibali showed quiet form before the Tour with no race victories and high finishes. He was also criticized by the Italian press after a disappointing Criterium du Dauphine.

On June 28, Nibali became the 2014 Italian Champion with his first win of 2014 at the Italian National Road Race Championships (Trofeo Melinda).

He then went on to win the 2014 Tour de France. Nibali first secured the leader's yellow jersey on July 6 by winning the 201 km second stage (York / Sheffield, England) of the 2014 Tour de France after breaking away right before the finish. On stage 5, (the cobblestone stage) he gained over 2 minutes over a majority of the GC contenders. He continued to lead the race from stage two through eight, losing it to Frenchman Tony Gallopin in the ninth stage. But he regained it in the tenth stage from Mulhouse to the Planche des Belles Filles after one of his biggest general classification competitors Alberto Contador crashed and abandoned the race, and after catching Joaquim Rodriguez and Michal Kwiatkowski up the final col up the Planche des Belles Filles. He won the stage uncontested and re-donned the yellow jersey on July 14, 2014, Bastille Day in France.[18] Nibali then won stage 13 into Chamrousse after passing Leopold Konig and Rafal Majka near the top. He would continue to show his dominance through the rest of the Tour and on stage 18 into Hautcam he attacked from the early slopes of the climb and he would win the stage finishing over a minute ahead of second place rider Thibaut Pinot. This gave him his fourth and final stage victory. He finished with an excellent 4th place finish in the final time trial. He went on to win the general classification by 7 minutes and 52 seconds, the largest margin of victory in the tour in 17 years.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nibali moved to Lugano in the spring of 2012 with his girlfriend. The couple got married in October 2012[20] and has a daughter.

Nibali has a younger brother, Antonio, who rides for Marchiol Emisfero in Italy.

Major achievements[edit]

2005
5th Milan-Torino
2006
1st GP Ouest-France
2nd Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Eneco Tour of Benelux
4th GP Chiasso
8th Overall Post Danmark Rundt
2007
1st Young Rider Classification Giro del Trentino
1st GP Industria e Artigianato di Lanciano
1st Giro di Toscana
1st Trofeo Città di Borgomanero
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Points classification
6th Memorial Marco Pantani
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
2008
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
8th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana
8th GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2009
1st Giro dell'Appennino
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
5th Gran Premio Miguel Indurain
5th Klasika Primavera
5th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
6th Overall Tour of California
7th Overall Tour de France
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
2010
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey white.svg Combination classification
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3
1st Trofeo Melinda
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 4 (TTT) & 14
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
5th Giro di Lombardia
5th Giro dell'Emilia
8th Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
2011
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 16
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
7th Overall Vuelta a Espana
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
8th Milan – San Remo
9th Gran Piemonte
9th Classica Sarda
10th Giro dell'Emilia
2012
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Giro di Padania
1st Jersey orange.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Stage 5
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Milan – San Remo
3rd Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Tour de San Luis
8th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Milano-Torino
2013
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 18 (ITT) & 20
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey violet.svg Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 2, 4–7, 11–18
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
4th World Road Race Championships
7th Overall Tour of Oman
7th Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
10th Overall Tour de San Luis
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de France
1st Stages 2, 10, 13 & 18
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stage 13
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race Championships (Trofeo Melinda)
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro - 19 11 - 3 2 - 1 -
Yellow jersey Tour - - 20 6 - - 3 - 1
red jersey Vuelta - - - - 1 7 - 2

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

References[edit]

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  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Francesco Moser says Nibali and Wiggins are not yet champions". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). 3 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Vincenzo Nibali wins as Mark Cavendish takes red". BBC. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France win gives Italy hope of a clean break". Guardian. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Nibali wins the Tour de France". Cycling News. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
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