Vincenzo Nibali

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Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: November 14, 1984
Height: 179cm
Weight: 61kg
Team: Astana
Twitter: @vincenzonibali

2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali is the current saving grace of Italian cycling. In a period when the country is short on winning riders, Nibali has delivered them grand tour wins as well as exciting racing. Known for his descending skills, Nibali was touted as a traditional rider in a modern era. His 2014 Tour de France win was however partly a result of painstaking work based on his power output and that of his rivals, masterminded by his coach Paolo Slongo.

Having won the 2013 Giro d’Italia, the Italian took the brave move to skip his home tour in 2014 in favour for another assault on the Tour de France. It was a move that proved hugely successful. An opportiunistic win on stage two in to Sheffield was followed by a sublime ride over the cobbles to set up a dominant three week performance. As his rivals fell by the wayside Nibali grew stronger and stronger, dominating in the mountains and not once showing a weakness.

The Italian has said he will return to the Tour de France in 2015 in favour of riding his home Tour. His 2014 season was one of few wins, whether or not he will remain as stubbornly focused on one goal in 2015 remains to be seen.

Major results: 2013 Giro | 2010 Vuelta