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And Nibali, who did not ride the Giro, said that the energy which his fellow Italian had expended in trying to hold off the seven-time Grand Tour winner meant that he would be out of condition for the Tour.
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"He spent a lot of energy at the Giro and the level here is so high at the Tour. If he were to do the Tour he would need a different preparation, but it could certainly happen next year."
Nibali has had a quiet time of it so far in 2015, with his best GC result a tenth place in the Tour de Romandie.
He started last year in a similarly sluggish vein, though, before taking control of the Tour de France on its second day on his way to a comfortable overall victory.
Highlights from stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné
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