Vincenzo Nibali about 2018 World Championships route: It will be a difficult race to manage
Mar 23 2018 06:46 pm CET

Vincenzo Nibali about 2018 World Championships route: It will be a difficult race to manage
Vincenzo Nibali about 2018 World Championships route: It will be a difficult race to manage
Photo of Vincenzo Nibali by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) has done a reconnaissance ride of the route of the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol. The rider had the company of other riders of the Italian team.

The Italian is one of the favourites for the upcoming championships as it is a route that suits climbers. He completed two rounds of the Olympia circuit and did the final ascent known as "The Hell" twice. "The final climb looked like a mountain bike endurance race, so hard," he commented.

"It will be a difficult race to manage, from power distribution to food, from the technical choices to the choice of athletes for a complete national team. After seeing it on paper I was expecting a hard route but riding it is quite another thing. Many other riders will be as surprised as I was today."

Nibali rode the route with Italian National teammates Alessandro De Marchi and Franci Pellizotti and they were followed in the team car by Italian National Cycling Team Manager Davide Cassani. "I had already seen the course but today both myself and the boys were impressed," he explained. "There’s an 8km climb to be repeated seven times, plus a final wall with inclinations that peak at 28%: This says everything about the hardness of the route."




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