Nibali expected to lead Italian team at Worlds despite struggling at Vuelta a Espana

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Italian national coach Davide Cassani has travelled to the Vuelta a España to study the form of expected team leaders Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru , as he tries to build a competitive squadra that can fight for the rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships . The elite men's road race in Innsbruck, Austria, is just four weeks away. The 268km race includes seven climbs on the Olympia circuit with the final 3.2km steep climb of Höttinger Höll expected to decide the race. The narrow road has an average gradient of 11.5 per cent, with the steepest sections at over 25 per cent. It is followed by a testing descent to the finish in central Innsbruck. La Gazzetta dello Sport described Cassani's mood as "not black but saddened grey" as he tries to understand if Nibali and Aru will be on form and competitive for the World Championships. ...

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