Vincenzo Nibali and other Italian riders reminded they must ride national championships

All Italian professional cyclists - male and female - are obliged to ride this month's national championships.

Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo is cheered on by fans at the Giro. The rider would later abandon the race after struggling with allergies.

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Fabio Aru (Astana) and defending champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) have been reminded that they must ride this month's Italian National Championships.

The Italian Cycling Federation ruled during the winter that from this year all professional riders must race the national road race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.