Vincenzo Nibali consults lawyers over Matt Brammeier’s ‘selfish moron’ tweet

Vincenzo Nibali turns to his lawyers in light of Matt Brammeier and Tony Martin's tweets after the cancellation of the Tirreno-Adriatico mountain stage

Vincenzo Nibali is consulting his lawyers over tweets made by Matt Brammeier and Tony Martin in the aftermath of the stage cancellation at Tirreno-Adriatico, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Astana claimed they could pull Nibali from the Giro d’Italia in May in case organiser RCS Sport makes similar decisions to cancel the summit finishes if the forecast looks bad, like it did on Sunday.

But Brammeier, who was riding at Paris-Nice for Dimension Data, took to Twitter to say that Nibali should “stay at home and skip the who season”, calling the Italian champion a “narrow-minded, selfish moron”.

Etixx-Quick Step‘s Martin agreed with Brammeier’s tweet, replying: “Matt, you’re a legend! I couldn’t say it better!”

Nibali says he agreed with the decision to cancel the stage for rider safety, but says he regrets there was no plan B for the general classification contenders to fight it out.

“I simply turned to my lawyer,” Nibali said about the Brammeier and Martin tweets.

Nibali is not the only Italian to consider legal action over a tweet, with Fabio Aru bringing a case against Lotto-Soudal’s Greg Henderson for comments he made online about the biological passport.

La Gazzetta reports that Nibali was seen shaking hands with RCS Sport manager Mauro Vegni – the man in charge of May’s Giro d’Italia at Monday’s stage six in Tirreno-Adriatico.

Vincenzo Nibali with Mauro Vegni at Tirreno-Adriatico (Sunada)

Vincenzo Nibali with Mauro Vegni at Tirreno-Adriatico (Sunada)