Vincenzo Nibali admits he is not impressed with his recent form after finishing fifth in the Tour de Romandie.

Nabali hasn't won a stage or a race in 2014 and, with the Tour de France in two months time, he is running out of time to find his form.

Everyone knows what a good rider the Astana team leader is and he has proven he can compete for the grand tours.

Last season Nibali won the Giro d'Italia, picking up victories on stage 18 and 20 on the way.

Stage 18 was an individual time trial and it clear from the Tour de Romandie this year how much his form has dropped. Nibali finished in 18th place 43 seconds behind winner Chris Froome.

The Italian also secured victories in the Tirreno-Adriatico and Giro del Trentino, whilst finishing second in the Vuelta a Espana.

With his form drastically dipping in 2014 Nibali admits he has been having some problems.

The 29 year-old said, according to Cycling News: "For me it has certainly not been a happy start with several problems that have hindered me.

"It’s not important for me to spend too much time thinking about what others are doing, but sorry I can’t do it. It is clear that this can not continue. When one thing does not go as you want it to, nothing goes right. I, we, must understand the reasons.”

With the Tour de France in two months time Nibali still has a bit of time to prepare for the prestigious race as he looks to win it for the first time and take the title away from team Sky.

The Astana rider believes his performances last year were much better but there's still time to improve before July.

Nibali said: "Last year I was a Nibali from another planet. Now, at this point, I'm normal. Terrestrial.

"Now, however, we must draw a line and start over. The Tour does not start tomorrow and I'm not discouraged. I have had more difficult times, but I will never give up."

The highest he has finished in the Tour de France is third. That result came in 2012 when he finished on the podium behind Sir Bradley Wiggins who became the first British rider to win the three week race and Chris Froome.

If Nibali is going to be Froome's biggest rival, which he has been tipped to be, he will need to pick up some momentum going into the race as it seems that the British rider has the upper hand over his Italian rival after winning in Switzerland.

Another problem for Nibali was that during the Tour de Romandie Froome managed to accelerate away from on some of the climbs, an area which Nibali is supposed to be good at.

There is certainly work for him to do in the lead up to the Tour and it will be interesting to see if he can compete for the yellow jersey come July.

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