Grand Tour great Vincenzo Nibali sits in at number eight on our 100 Best Road Riders of 2017 list
8. Vincenzo Nibali
32, Italy, Bahrain-Merida
2017 wins: 4
Vincenzo Nibali might not have won a Grand Tour in 2017, but – with the exception of Chris Froome – he was certainly then most consistent three week rider of the year.
His first season with the new Bahrain-Merida team having spent the past four years at Astana, Nibali had a low-key spring with his only victory coming at the Tour of Croatia.
He largely flew under the radar in the early stages of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, hovering between fourth and fifth before the brutal 16th stage to Bormio, which included two ascents of the infamous Passo dello Stelvio.
On the day when Tom Dumoulin took the most famous natural break in the history of professional sport, Nibali out-sprinted Mikel Landa to move into third in GC, the position where he would eventually finish in Milan.
After skipping the Tour de France, Nibali headed to the Vuelta a España looking to take his second red jersey, only being defeated by an unstoppable Chris Froome on his way to making history with Tour/Vuelta double.
Despite the strength of his opponent, Nibali was still able to pick up a stage win in Spain and was within two minutes of Froome before fading on the penultimate stage up the Angliru.
Finally, to cap off an excellent season Nibali delighted home fans with a dominant victory at Il Lombardia, taking his second victory in the last three editions of the Race of the Falling Leaves, and crossing the line alone with plenty of time to soak up the cheers of the Tifosi.