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Nibali to Astana?

rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,295 Lives Here
edited March 2012 in Pro race
Something to nibble on ...
Italian Vincenzo Nibali, Tuesday's winner of the Tirreno-Adriatico race, is rumoured to have signed with the Astana team from Kazakhstan for next year, despite reports he is in talks with his Italian Liquigas team. Recent reports were that Astana offered him €4 million net for two years.


http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/nic ... z1p6F0BTfa

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  • LangerDanLangerDan Posts: 6,132
    Something to nibble on ...
    Italian Vincenzo Nibali, Tuesday's winner of the Tirreno-Adriatico race, is rumoured to have signed with the Astana team from Kazakhstan for next year, despite reports he is in talks with his Italian Liquigas team. Recent reports were that Astana offered him €4 million net for two years.


    That from Sagan's Twitter account?
    'This week I 'ave been mostly been climbing like Basso - Shirley Basso.'
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,295 Lives Here
    Didn't know he had twitter.
  • timoid.timoid. Posts: 3,133
    Kreuziger will just love that.
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Nibali’s contract with Liquigas-Cannondale expires at the end of 2012 and Astana is already understood to have tabled a sizeable offer to secure his services for next season. Following his win at Tirreno-Adriatico, however, Nibali was keen to stress that his preference would be to remain at Liquigas.

    “I would like to stay, this is my team. This is my home and they mightn’t care for me as well anywhere else. We’ve come a lot closer [to an agreement] about renewing the contract.”
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,295 Lives Here
    the Inner Ring ‏
    Vincenzo Nibali is linked by @rupertguiness to Astana for 2012 http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/nic ... 1v3cn.html (last para), spotted by @RickChasey

    It seems I beat the inner ring to it.

    :)
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,415
    the Inner Ring ‏
    Vincenzo Nibali is linked by @rupertguiness to Astana for 2012 http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/nic ... 1v3cn.html (last para), spotted by @RickChasey

    It seems I beat the inner ring to it.

    :)

    Yeah he credited you, then Vaughters had a rant about it.
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Hah, I was about to post the same thing... Rick, you really p*ssed JV off! :wink:
  • LangerDanLangerDan Posts: 6,132
    FFS, Rick, you kept him up til midnight discussing it

    (For anyone that can't access Twitter directly , you may have better luck via the http://www.bikechatter.com site which collates the tweets of riders, managers etc)
    http://www.bikechatter.com/main/foruser/107/Vaughters


    I wonder which new rumour is likely to elicit the better response: "Nibali to Garmin Barracuda" or "Dan Martin to Astana"
    'This week I 'ave been mostly been climbing like Basso - Shirley Basso.'
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,295 Lives Here
    :lol:

    I totally blame the Aussies and Festinagirl.
  • emaddenemadden Posts: 2,431
    timoid. wrote:
    Kreuziger will just love that.

    Totally!!

    I wonder is it purely the cash thats the attraction for Nibs or does he feel that Leakygas left him down... Also very early in the season for something like that to come out (if its true) . it could screw up any team support for Nibs for the rest of the year (assuming he is leaving just for the dosh...) ..
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  • After Contadors ban from the Giro and Tour, Didnt Basso and Nibali state in an interview that Niabli is riding the giro in support of Basso and then basso will return the favour and support nibali in the tour which suggests the hierarchy amongst the riders is changing. but then there's Sagan who seems to care more about himself at times than teamates, and liquigas don't look a team that can support both riders to exploit their full potential. I think Nibali will wait untill at least until after the tour before he even begins to think about Astana's offer.
  • jerry3571jerry3571 Posts: 1,532
    Seems a bit early days. Isn't the Tour the time to do talkies?? Maybe Sagan likes to rock the boat a little. Can't see Kreuziger sticking it, as was said above.
    I think there are cracks in the Sagan/Nibs story; maybe a bit of the "Bastardo Ignorante!!" once again!! (Simoni- Cunego)
    I guess if Nibali hadn't have attacked yesterday and kept the group together then Sagan would feel as though he could have easily won the sprint in the final at San Remo. I see Sagan's point; I'd be a little bit peeved at Nibali's doomed attack yesterday if I could've won.

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,519
    jerry3571 wrote:
    Seems a bit early days. Isn't the Tour the time to do talkies??

    Not these days. The Tour is when the deals are sealed. Talkies start about now.
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  • rebsrebs Posts: 891
    To be fair Nibali wasn't the issue for Kreuziger.

    It was the fact that at the time Liquigas has so many GC riders.
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