Nibali first to recce “a very hard” Worlds’ course
The very first favourites of this year's UCI Men Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol came to Austria today to recce the course. Vincenzo Nibali, fresh winner of Milano-Sanremo last Saturday, has completed two rounds of the circuit (called Olympia circuit) that the riders will face seven times in September, plus ridden twice up the final climb known as "The Hell".
After the recce he said: "The final climb looked like a mountain bike endurance race, so hard. It will be a difficult race to manage, from power distribution to food, from the technical choices to the choice of athletes for a complete national team. After seeing it on paper I was expecting a hard route but riding it is quite another thing. Many other riders will be as surprised as I was today".