Vincenzo Nibali's 2015 race schedule revealed; fewer racing days for the Italian

Vincenzo Nibali will be racing for only 30 days before the Tour de France, 15 fewer than 2014 when critics claimed he was not ready for the three-week race

Vincenzo Nibali on stage thirteen of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali has his pre-Tour de France plan in hand for 2015. Though team Astana was toying with racing the Giro d'Italia, Nibali instead will tailor his schedule to be ready to defend his title in France this July.

The 30-year-old Sicilian begins his season at the Dubai Tour on February 4. Team Astana's head coach, Paolo Slongo outlined the rest of his schedule to Cycling Weekly: The Tour of Oman, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

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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.