Trek-Segafredo’s Vincenzo Nibali and Italian national selector Davide Cassani do a reconnaissance ride of the road race course for the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola, Italy Trek-Segafredo ‘s Vincenzo Nibali was in Imola, Italy, for a reconnaissance ride of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships road race course on Tuesday, alongside Italian national team selector Davide Cassani. Nibali concluded that the two short climbs on each lap of the 28.8km circuit are "very tough", while Cassani said that he believed that it would suit both climbers and the hilly Classics specialists.
While a number of top-name riders are currently taking part in the Tour de France, Nibali is instead targeting this year’s rescheduled Giro d’Italia (October 3-25), and so was available for the recon ride with Cassani, who also rode his bike. The pair’s trip to see the circuit suggests that it will be Nibali who will lead the Italian selection for this year’s Worlds road race.
"The course is difficult and selective, with two very tough, short climbs," said Nibali in a press release from the organisers of the Worlds.
"The second one towards the end [the Cima Gallisterna] is really hard, followed by the long descent that leads back to the racetrack," the 35-year-old continued. "To be in the lead, you’re going to have to be very alert and in good shape, in addition to being able to count on some good team work." Tough circuit confirmed for Imola World Championships Nibali tempted to race on into 2022 […]