Vincenzo Nibali faces final Tour de France test in time trial

Vincenzo Nibali's trainer Paolo Slongo talks about his rider's time trial preparation ahead of Saturday's key test against the clock

Vincenzo Nibali in the Prologue of the 2014 Tour de Romandie

(Image credit: Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali leads the Tour de France by seven minutes, 10 seconds, but must race at 100 per cent in Saturday's time trial to invest in his future. The numbers the Italian and his trainer take from the 54-kilometre stage will help with Tours to come.

"It's a good test," trainer Paolo Slongo told Cycling Weekly. "He has to be able to manage the distance, 54 kilometres. He has to manage it well from the start to finish. It's also useful to verify his development."

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