Vincenzo Nibali: A win in a Monument has a higher value than a stage in a Grand Tour
Oct 07 2017 08:51 pm CET

Vincenzo Nibali: A win in a Monument has a higher value than a stage in a Grand Tour

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) has taken his second victory in Il Lombardia on a day in which he felt confident about his performance.

The Italian won the Monument for the first time in 2015. "I was in a better condition today than I was two years ago; I knew the downhill better," he said at the end of the race. "I had more confidence too.

"A win in a Monument has a higher value than a stage in a Grand Tour, as I got this year at the Giro with the Stelvio and at Andorra in the Vuelta. The most difficult thing for me was to maintain my condition after the Vuelta – Il Lombardia kept me focused."

In the last kilometres of the race, Nibali stayed with the group of favorites and waited for the right moment to attack. "The first one was harder to win because there was the fear that I hadn’t won a Monument yet," explained the rider. "Today everyone was controlling me, Quintana and Uran in particular, so I had to redistribute the cards. When Pinot attacked, I let him go and I went after him one kilometre before the summit.

"Then I thought of nothing. I just went straight on and flat out. When I turned pro, (sports director Stefano) Zanatta told me I had downhill skills that I could use either for attacking or defending. It’s still the case now. I’m 32, not 33 yet, but I feel young and strong."
Photo of Vincenzo Nibali (cropped) by Bahrain-Merida





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