Tour Of The Alps: Nibali Enjoys Taking On Froome And Team Sky

Vincenzo Nibali in attack mode

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) again went on the attack during stage 3 at the Tour of Alps in search of a morale-boosting victory before the Giro d'Italia but again came up short, finishing fourth, after Grand Tour rival Chris Froome (Team Sky) chased him down on the final climb of the day close to the finish in Baselga di Pine. Nibali made several accelerations on the five-kilometre climb, even combining forces with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), but Froome switched to the role of domestique to help young teammate Pavel Sivakov and lead the chase. Froome carefully gauged his effort instead of jumping after Nibali, letting him hang out front while closing the gap at a pace that suited Sivakov's rouleur style. For a moment, the Tour of the Alps was like a Tour de France stage, with Nibali going all out in attacks while Froome and Team Sky forced to ...

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