Nibali receives green light to lead Liquigas at Tour

Vincenzo Nibali attacks, Milan-San Remo 2011

Vincenzo Nibali will have the might of Italy's strongest team behind him for the first time at the 2012 Tour de France. Team Liquigas-Cannondale decided take him to France and leave Ivan Basso to focus on a third Giro d'Italia win.

"My aims are at the Tour," Nibali told Cycling Weekly. "The Giro suits someone who can come prepared to race at the highest level."

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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.