After Vincenzo Nibali had such a successful Tour de France, does he have what it takes to win another Grand Tour?
I don't think he does. Although Nibali had an excellent Tour de France and managed to control the race all the way from London to Paris I can't see him winning another Tour.
Now that he has won all three Grand Tours, the Vuelta a Espana, Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France I'm not sure the hunger to win will still be there. Certainly not in the Tour de France.
Nibali was lucky to win the Tour this year because his main rivals crashed out during the race. If Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were in the race until the end Nibali wouldn't have worn the yellow jersey into Paris.
Rivals are better
The Italian is a great cyclist and is good at all aspects of the sport but some of his main rivals are better. Froome is a better climber and his time trial skills are far superior. Nibali was never challenged in the 2014 Tour like he should have been, especially in the mountains.
I do have to give Nibali credit because he did what he had to do and was faultless throughout the three weeks but as Tour de France's go he had it fairly easy in the end.
Nibali relying on rivals crashing
When it comes the race next year I don't think he has any sort of chance of winning, unless everyone crashes like this year. There are three riders at the moment who are better than Nibali. These riders are Froome, Contador and the 2014 Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana. I think the Italian will struggle to make it onto the podium next year.
The Astana team leader does have a chance at winning if he races in the other Grand Tours but unless the best riders don't ride I still don't think he can win. It doesn't help when he has already won everything so the drive for him to win again won't be there.
Nibali not the favourite
Nibali will always challenge his rivals and will always be near the top of the overall standings but he won't be able to defend his Tour de France title. Froome went into the race this year as the favourite after winning the yellow jersey in 2013 but Nibali won't be the favourite next year.
I never thought he would be able to win the Tour de France this year so it is possible he could win it next year too but he would need his rivals to crash out again for that to happen.
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