Vincenzo Nibali delighted with “perfect” preparation after leaving the race to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – .

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Vincenzo Nibali delighted with “perfect” preparation after leaving the race to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – .


Vincenzo Nibali believes the Tour de France was the “perfect” preparation for the Olympic Games, having left the race after the 15th stage.
It was confirmed some time ago that Nibali will be leaving the Tour before the second day of rest, to give the Italian enough time to prepare for the road race at the Olympics – which will take place on July 24.

Nibali tried to leave the Tour in style, as he took a break at the start of the stage, but he could not match the feat of his teammate at Trek-Segafredo, Bauke Mollema, who won the step 14.

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Still, the Italian was happy with his run and can’t wait to travel to Japan.

“I ran a different Tour from my past experience, but similar to 2016 before Rio,” said Nibali. “The Tour is a boost for everyone; you can compare with the best in the world. I think it was the perfect way for me to achieve the best form for Tokyo.

“The feeling is good, but for a race like the Olympics you need the whole team at the top. I’m sure my teammate [Giulio] Ciccone will be a key rider for the team.

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Coming back to 11th place on Stage 15, the Shark said: “In the Final, we tried to push hard, to set the pace to make a selection. It was also a way of controlling the race. In the final climb, there was no agreement in the breakaway and it was only a personal confrontation between the best. I think it was a good day, we raced aggressively like the team have been doing from the start. Definitely a last good test to leave the race.

At 36, Nibali is no longer the force of yesteryear, but he has unfinished business at the Olympics as he was in contention in 2016 to crash into the final descent and fracture his collarbone.

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