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Nibali burns a bridge or two...

Not that I've actually seen the original Gazzetta article, but Vincenzo Nibali is widely quoted (in this Cycling News item and elsewhere) heavily criticizing his Liquigas-Cannondale team in today's edition for not giving him a say in his racing programme. Following advice from national team selector Paolo Bettini, Nibali would like to start the Vuelta as preparation for the Worlds. The team plan to send him to Colorado and Utah instead. If - following Basso's disappointing Giro performance - Liquigas were hoping to keep Nibali as their main GC threat, it seems they may have a bit of a job on their hands. It's also being reported that Bettini is planning to select Nibali for the Olympic timetrial rather than Giro Milan TT stage winner Marco Pinotti. Pinotti had been targeting the Olympic TT during his comeback from serious injury, having also missed out four years ago in Beijing.

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