Vuelta a Espana: Vincenzo Nibali playing his challenge down as form starts to return
Last Updated: 24/08/13 6:44pm
Vincenzo Nibali: Can his form hold for Vuelta victory?
Vincenzo Nibali admits he is going to take the Vuelta a Espana one day at a time amid concerns over his end-of-season form.
Nibali came out victorious in the Giro d'Italia earlier this season but has been an infrequent presence in the peloton since.
The Vuelta parcours looks ideal for him to make it two Grand Tour victories in a season, with 11 summit finishes of varying difficulty, but with Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde providing tough opposition, he has no idea what to expect.
"The Vuelta is a hard race to say 'this will happen' or 'this will happen', because we've all ridden hard this season already," Nibali said.
"I've done the Giro, Alejandro and Joaquim have done the Tour, and your second peak of form in a season is always a bit shorter than the first.
"I didn't do so well in the Tour of Poland (53rd) but taking third in the Vuelta a Burgos was a good sign.
"I eased back a little after that, but I've come here feeling good and with a strong team. I'll be taking it on the day by day, on the hunt for stage wins or the overall depending on how things go.
"It would be tough to find weather conditions more difficult than this year at the Giro, but overall the Vuelta will be no less of a challenge. Maybe even harder.
"And the Tour is of course a more popular race, but maybe this year the Vuelta will be even harder."