Vincenzo Nibali: It's Too Early To Be Good At The Dauphine

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali cut a relaxed figure as he jumped down the steps of the Bahrain-Merida bus after his prologue effort on the opening day of the Critérium du Dauphiné . The Italian had just posted the slowest time of the riders who are preparing for an assault on the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, but he was unconcerned. "The Tour de France is still a month away," he breezed. Indeed, this year there's an extra week between the Dauphiné and the Tour as a result of the football World Cup, and so the traditional stepping stone has lost some of its appeal. Many have jumped ship and will line up instead at the Tour de Suisse next weekend, while the remaining maillot jaune hopefuls all seem cautious about their shape. Nibali is especially so. It's dangerous to read too much into a 6.6km prologue, and Nibali's time of ...

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