Vincenzo Nibali: Dauphine Is The Best Race To Prepare For The Tour De France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will return to the Critérium du Dauphiné after a two-year absence ready to put the final touches to his form ahead of his bid to win the 2018 Tour de France in July. The 2014 Tour champion skipped the Giro d'Italia this year, a race he won in 2016 and finished third last year, to focus on adding another Tour title to his palmares. A win at Milan-San Remo was obviously good for morale, and since competing last at Liége-Bastogne-Liége in April, the 33-year-old Italian has been building toward the Tour, most recently with an altitude training camp on Mount Teide. "I have spent the last two weeks at the Teide volcano to lay the groundwork of my mountain training for the Tour de France," Nibali told Dauphiné organisers last week. "I am heading to Italy before returning, with pleasure, to the Dauphiné," he said. "I am ...

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