Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France start in jeopardy as Astana under threat

Vincenzo Nibali before the 2015 Tour of Oman

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Vincenzo Nibali must be viewing the latest chapter in the Astana saga and wondering whether he will make it to the Tour de France in July to defend his title.

The 30-year-old Italian will, like the rest of us, have learned this morning that his team's WorldTour licence is likely to be revoked by the Union Cycliste Internationale's Licence Commission, meaning the team has no automatic right to race in the world's top cycling events, including the Tour de France. So far, Nibali has not issued a comment.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.