Vincenzo Nibali to skip Giro and focus on Tour defence in 2015

Vincenzo Nibali reacts to the unveiling of the 2015 Tour de France, saying he is likely to skip the Giro d'Italia and that the penultimate day will decide the race

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) explained that he could race both the 2015 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France after attending the presentation of the latter race in Paris today. However, the 2014 Tour champion earlier indicated that he would skip the Giro to defend his Tour title.

"We all know that to fight for a Grand Tour win is exhausting," said Nibali. "It's possible to do them both, but I'll have to talk about it at the first team camp. Anyway, I want to be there."

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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.