Vincenzo Nibali approaches 2014 Tour de France with 'more maturity'

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 20, Giro d'Italia 2013

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) approaches the 2014 Tour de France with more maturity. According to his trainer, his year away from the Tour and changes made have served the Sicilian 'Shark' well.

"Maturity," Nibali's long-time trainer, Paolo Slongo told Cycling Weekly. "He married and he changed teams. He has more responsibilities at team Astana. In team Cannondale, the staff looked after everything for him, what he needed and didn't need to do. Taking on responsibility in Astana helped him mature."

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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.