Vincenzo Nibali targets long Giro d'Italia time trial for advantage over Mikel Landa

The Italian is hoping to take advantage of the 40.5km time trial on stage nine to make gains over his Spanish rival

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) can climb the high Alpine passes with ease, but he wants to take advantage of Team Sky rival Mikel Landa in the Chianti time trial mid-way through the Giro d'Italia this month. He says it is Landa's "weak point" in the Giro that starts tomorrow in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

After winning the Tour de France in 2014, the 31-year-old Sicilian is back to target a second Giro d'Italia title to add to his 2013 victory. Standing in his way are rivals like Spaniard Landa, who placed third last year helping then Astana teammate Fabio Aru to second place behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff).

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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.