The organization of the Tour of Spain, that Saturday in Malaga, has ex-winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) figured out with the number one. The Vuelta-management honors Nibali for his wonderful career so far, with victories in all three grand tours. This year will be the Italian, however, not for the gc in Spain.
Traditionally, the number one at the start of a bicycle race for the winner of the previous year. The Briton Chris Froome (Sky), however, does not share, and thus made the organization a choice between the four ex-winners who are called to the start.
Nibali, winner in 2010, was the preferred choice on Alejandro Valverde (2009), Fabio Aru (2015) and Nairo Quintana (2016) “as a thank you for his record-breaking career”. Nibali won the Giro in 2013 and 2016, the Tour in 2014 and the Vuelta a españa in 2010. Moreover, there are also classics such as Milan-Sanremo (2018) and the Tour of Lombardy (2015 and 2017) on his palmares.
In the Tour of Spain this year will, Nibali, however, satisfy with stage wins. The Shark of Messina came in July in the Tour by the hands of a spectator fall during the climb of Alpe d’huez and held a broken ruggenwervel. Since then, he could barely train. “I’m still in the recovery phase,” said the Sicilian. “It is hard for me to think of a good overall classification with so few training days in my legs. Prices in Spain, I have always liked it. The rhythm of the day reminds me of the south of Italy. In addition, I won the Vuelta in 2010, my first grand tour, a milestone in my career.” Bahrain-Merida sets her klassementshoop on the brothers Jon and Gorka Izagirre.