"The Tour of Italy 2020 is better designed than the 2019. It is balanced, I like Etna in the first week" – OA Sport


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There is still no certainty that Vincenzo Nibali will take part in the 2020 Giro d'Italia, but for how the Squalo del Stretto analyzes it during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, it seems that he is studying every detail of the pink race, which he will face with the Trek-Segafredo jacket.

The judgment of the winner of all three major stage races seems positive. “Compared to the last edition it seems to me designed better and is more balanced. I like the fact that in the first part there will be an uphill finish, something that was missing in 2019. I'm talking about Etna, the side that will be faced in 2020, I tried it in training even though I'm not sure, since it has so many. On paper, however, it seems an interesting stage ”.

One thing that would change, however, concerns the grand finale of Milan. "I don't like the last stage being a time trial. Of course, if there were the first ones enclosed in a few seconds it could be decisive, but after all the mountains and the efforts I don't know if it's right ".

Stopwatches are always important memos in stage races. "Also in 2019 there were three. The initial one in Budapest is fine, as is that of Prosecco, very interesting ”.

As always, the Giro d'Italia also offers numerous traps. "There will be pitfalls, such as the end of Camigliatello Stilano, where I see that it falls just a few kilometers from the finish line. Or the stage of the 9 Hills which is not at all simple. Also that of Piancavallo is demanding ”.

The great climbs will not fail as a tradition of the pink race. "Over 2000 meters we will have available Stelvio, Colle dell'Agnello, Izoard. We will also see how the weather will be, if we will be able to climb or there will be problems with the snow as happened recently ”.

The Sicilian's viewfinder is focused on a stage that could make history. "I think the stage with Colle dell'Agnello, Izoard and Monginevro will be decisive. On paper, there is land for a Froome-style action 2018 ".

Will it then be the Tour of Vincenzo Nibali? "I do not know this". The 1984 cyclist closes with a smile.

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