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Italian cycling insiders are bullish that a new generation will emerge to fill the giant hole left by the recently retired Vincenzo Nibali at the top of the peloton.
One of the few riders to hold the distinction of the “grand tour triple crown” as winner of all three grand tours, the 37-year-old Nibali is the last of Italy’s big winners.
Despite Nibali’s exit, UAE Team Emirates sport director Fabio Baldato says Italy’s cycling future and its place in the WorldTour peloton will be secure.“We don’t need to panic,” Baldato told VeloNews . “The Italian cyclists are coming, they are young, they are good. We don’t need to be afraid.”Baldato — who was part of Italy’s golden generation in the 1990s that included the likes of Marco Pantani, Mario Cipollini and Michele Bartoli among many others — admitted Nibali will be missed, but that Italian cycling packs plenty of promising talent for the future.“Nibali was a guarantee, and now need to develop the young Italian talent,” Baldato said. “Italian cycling is spread across the peloton. We don’t have the big Italian teams as we did before, but Italian cycling […]