Vincenzo Nibali sets Classics aside as he makes Giro d'Italia primary target for 2019

Italian will probably not defend his Milan-San Remo title and ruled out a return to the Tour of Flanders as he plans a Giro/Tour double

Vincenzo Nibali and eventual race winner Niki Terpstra during the 2018 Tour of Flanders. Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Vincenzo Nibali says the Giro d'Italia will be his primary goal for 2019, with a reduced Classics season ahead of the Italian Grand Tour, which he'll follow up with a ride at the Tour de France.

With two Giro victories already on his palmarès, the 34-year-old Italian will focus on a third maglia rosa in 2019.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.