Vincenzo Nibali: The Tour de France would be better with Froome and Contador

Vincenzo Nibali wary that his Astana team may be stretched over coming weeks, and that Movistar and Sky pose a serious threat

Vincenzo Nibali during 2014 Tour de France first rest day

(Image credit: Gregor Brown)

With the race restarting today in Besançon after a rest, Vincenzo Nibali sits in pole position to win the Tour de France without pre-race favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Both riders crashed in the first week, leaving Nibali with a strong 2-23 minute lead over Sky's Richie Porte.

"I'm not happy with what's happened to Alberto and Chris, for sure, without them in these climbs... It would've been better and a great show for everyone," team Astana’s Nibali said during the rest day on Tuesday in Besançon.

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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.