Nibali believes Kelderman will compete in the Giro d’Italia | has made the best impression so far NOW
Vincenzo Nibali believes that Wilco Kelderman showed in the first week of the Giro d’Italia that he is one of the key contenders for overall victory. The Italian is definitely concerned about the competition from the Dutch corner.
“I not only work with Jakob Fuglsang, but also with Kelderman and Steven Kruijswijk,” said Nibali during a press conference on the first day of rest of the Giro. “Kelderman impressed me the most in the first week. He showed his strength on Mount Etna and was back on the last ascent on Sunday.”
The Dutchman from Sunweb finished second in the overall standings after the first week, half a minute behind João Almeida, who was wearing the rosette. Even number eleven, Kruijswijk, still has a look at the Portuguese with a delay of 1.24 minutes.
“The question is whether Almeida will be dangerous until Milan,” said Nibali, who himself is 57 seconds behind the 22-year-old leader. “He’s doing very well. Maybe he doesn’t even know what he’s capable of. We all still know very little about Almeida, but I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
“Giro d’Italia has been very tactical so far”
35-year-old Nibali, who won the Tour of Italy in 2013 and 2016 and also made the final podium in 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2019, expects that in the coming week it will be clearer who will actually be taking part in the pink sweater.
“The Giro has been very tactical so far and we only had one really important conclusion with Mount Etna. There is no team that can dominate the entire race,” said the “Shark of Messina”. “At least I’m happy where I am in the rankings.”
The Giro d’Italia will continue on Tuesday with the tenth stage, a 177 kilometer ascent from Lanciano to Tortoreto. The trip to Italy lasts until October 25th.