Vincenzo Nibali says he could ride Tour of Flanders eventually

The Italian Grand Tour specialist says one-day race Strade Bianche motivates him to try his hand at the cobbled Classics

Nibali rides on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles at the 2015 Tour de France (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

The white rolling roads around Siena, used in Strade Bianche, inspire Grand Tour star Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) to compete in the Tour of Flanders.

The Sicilian made sure the Bahrain-Merida team included him in its eight-man roster for Strade Bianche, which covers 61.9 kilometres of the famous white gravel roads before its finish in Siena's Piazza del Campo.

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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.