Report: Nibali to get Italy nod

Wed, 30 May 07:29:00 2012

Vincenzo Nibali will reportedly compete in both the time trial and road race at the London Olympics before leading the Italian national team at the world championships in Valkenburg.

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La Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Liquigas-Cannondale rider met national coach Paolo Bettini at the final stage of the Giro d'Italia in Milan to discuss his role.

His inclusion in the Olympic team - and subsequently the road race team - would mean disappointment for Marco Pinotti, the newspaper reports.

BMC rider Pinotti won the final time trial in Milan on Sunday.

The paper said the rest of the team would comprise Luca Paolini (Katusha), Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). Pinotti would be included on the reserve list alongside Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) and Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Damiano Cunego would be the man to miss out on the road race team.

Eurosport

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  1. Shrewd pick by Bettini for the road race (not TT) .. I­ believe "The Shark" will have great form­ coming out of the Tour and in a race like the Olympics­ which is hard to control he is capable of breaking off­ the front... you forget people he almost won Leige this­ year .. except for a fantastic ride by Iglinsky.. a­ team needs a rider like him who is not afraid and­ capable of making an effort from far out and does not­ team mates to ride for him to win.... he will be part­ of a two pronged attack with Pozzato the small bunch­ sprinter ...

    From Shiek, on Wed 30 May 18:57
  2. a very good GS rider, good TT rider but wont come­ near Martin or Cancellara, wont be a contender For top­ 5 TT neither he's a classic's top rider, dont­ see point of the news, rather excpected news about his­ preparation for the Tour.

    From Ra.Planet of The Apes, on Wed 30 May 14:40
  3. Nibali will not be as effective if he rides both­ Olympic events. Marco Pinotti is an outspokenly clean­ rider who suspended his engineering job to race as a­ pro- He would be a credit to Italian sport so a real­ pity if Bettini doesn't wake up. Of course it­ shows the Olympics for what it is that the worlds top­ riders cannot ride whereas the Syncronised swimmers­ will have plenty of faces for the drinks rounds...

    From Stephen, on Wed 30 May 13:50
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