Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali expecting attacks in the Alps

Astana's Giuseppe Martinelli says that the big moves from Vincenzo Nibali's rivals may not come until the Pyrenees

Vincenzo Nibali on stage eleven of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali's rivals will watch and wait in the next two Alpine days of the Tour de France, according to Astana's Giuseppe Martinelli. However, the really significant attacks against the yellow jersey may not come until the Pyrénées mountains that divide France and Spain next week.

"If Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde attack, it'll only be in the final, close to the finish line," the team manager said. "All three of them will control each other.

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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.