Italian cycling fans could crowdfund new WorldTour team, according to think tank

Grand Tour star Vincenzo Nibali says 'Italian cycling is suffering'

Vincenzo Nibali says Italian cycling is 'suffering' (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italian star Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) says that cycling is suffering at home amid pushes for a crowdfunded WorldTour team to put the country back in the top ranks.

Italy has lacked a team in the top ranks since Cannondale-Liquigas folded in 2014 - of the 18 WorldTour teams, none come from cycling's heartland.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.