NAPOLI, Italy (VN) — Vincezo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet.
Despite losing time to Alberto Contador, the Italian star says there’s still a lot of Giro d’Italia yet to race. Speaking during the Giro’s first of two rest days on Monday, Nibali said Contador was untouchable up Mount Etna, but vows to keep fighting.
“Yesterday’s result confirmed Contador’s strength, but I don’t think the race is ready for its closing credits,” Nibali said in a team interview. “His advantage of 1:21 is certainly significant, but … there are plenty of opportunities between here to Milan to try to reduce the differences. I played it smart yesterday on Etna. Responding to Contador’s shot was impossible, it was better to limit the damages. Rather than look back, I find it more useful to look ahead. I believe we can still attack. Finding a weak point in Contador is not easy, but we will try.”
Team boss Roberto Amadio revealed that some of Nibali’s most valued workers have not been feeling their best, including Polish uber-gregario Sylvester Szmyd.
“Szmyd has had some fever and Agnoli and Capecchi have not been as bright as they hoped. What’s important is that we all ride in support of Vincenzo,” Amadio said “Contador was the strongest yesterday, but the Giro is not over. The hardest part of the race is yet to come. Although it’s terrain that favors the Spaniard, we’ll try to make trouble. A bad day can happen to anyone. We have to be ready to exploit any opening.”