On the eve of his thirty sixth birthday, Vincenzo Nibali has insisted that he’s to not be written off simply but.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Trek-Segafredo rider described the pandemic-interrupted 2020 season as a “unusual yr” from which it was tough to attract agency conclusions.
Nibali may solely handle seventh general on the Giro d’Italia, having positioned on the rostrum in every of his six appearances within the Corsa Rosa over the earlier decade. The Sicilian’s final Grand Tour win got here within the 2016 Giro, however he downplayed the suggestion that his days of contesting victory in three-week races have been over.
“It was an open-ended yr, so unusual that I wouldn’t take it as being a totally dependable indication,” Nibali informed La Gazzetta. “The Giro didn’t go in line with expectations, there’s little question about that. The younger riders coped higher with a season that was like that, not simply in biking.”
Nibali celebrates his thirty sixth birthday on Saturday, however he dismissed the concept that his age can be an obstacle in 2021.
“That’s not so previous that you ought to be forged apart, regardless of what the keyboard warriors would possibly write. The important thing factor is your need and the pleasure you get from using a motorcycle,” mentioned Nibali, who conceded that “errors have been made” in his preparation for the revised slate of Autumn racing.
“If I may return, I wouldn’t have carried out two coaching camps within the mountains, however only one. And I might have added some extra races.”
So as to restrict his doable publicity to COVID-19 and stay inside Trek-Segafredo’s Giro ‘bubble,’ Nibali raced solely in Italy from August, which restricted him to only one stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico, forward of the Grande Partenza in Palermo.
Nibali set out from Sicily as a favorite for general victory however his problem floundered within the Valdobbiadene time trial and at Piancavallo on the third weekend, and he was unable to conjure up a comeback within the closing week, shedding additional time.
He reached Milan 8:15 behind shock winner Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers).
“For a few years, at any time when I’ve focused a Grand Tour, I’ve been within the combat for the highest positions. A foul yr can occur – in truth, there are those that have extra of them than me,” Nibali mentioned.
“No person has ever gifted me something, and as not too long ago as 2019, I used to be second on the Giro, between Carapaz and Roglič, who confirmed their high quality on the Vuelta this yr…”
Nibali’s contract with Trek-Segafredo expires on the finish of 2021 and he has but to determine whether or not subsequent season would be the final of his profession.
“I don’t know, I’ll take it daily,” Nibali mentioned. “I can nonetheless do good issues in biking, as soon as I’ve analysed 2020 properly.”
The street race on the delayed Tokyo Olympics is prone to be on Nibali’s 2021 programme, although he has but to formalise the remainder of his schedule.
“My concept isn’t to focus on one goal however to race ‘freely,’ so to talk, with out the stress and the stress of getting a end result in any respect prices. And with out excited about the next races.”