Nibali plays down chances in Tour of Oman

2014 Tour de France winner says he's been able have a more normal approach in the build-up to the Tour of Oman, but would still ideally have more racing in his legs

Vincenzo Nibali at the Dubai Tour presentation

(Image credit: Watson)

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) arrived for the Tour of Oman at 7:30 local time on Monday slightly under-prepared.

"I tried to train well, but in the last days I had cold weather, rain, a little bit of snow [in Lugano], and I wasn't able to train in the best way," the Italian told Cycling Weekly.

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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.