Italian riding his first stage race since the Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali will return to racing at the upcoming Tour of Poland as he prepares for a tilt at the Vuelta a España at the end of August.

The Bahrain-Merida rider has only raced once – at the Italian National Championships – since finishing third in the Giro d’Italia in May, and will be returning to action to build form ahead of the Vuelta, the first time he has ridden the Spanish Grand Tour since being disqualified for holding onto a car in 2015.

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“I return to races after the mountain training at Passo San Pellegrino. We have worked well and I’m going to Poland with a growing condition and with the opportunity to get a good result in GC. This race will be my last test before the start of Vuelta a España,” Nibali said ahead of the race.

The Italian will be supported by his brother Antonio, as well as Manuele Boaro, Nicolò Bonifazio, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti and Giovanni Visconti.

The 2017 Tour of Poland starts in Krakow on July 29, and consists of seven stages culminating on the queen stage to Bukowina Tatrzanska on August 4.