Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nieve + 2013 = Tour de France

Samuel Sánchez's flirtations with the Giro d'Italia might result in Grand Tour specialist Mikel Nieve getting his Tour de France bow next year.

So says Revista Desde La Cuneta. The magazine claims he'll "almost certainly spearhead Euskaltel" at next season's Grand Boucle, as Samu sets his sights on a Giro-Vuelta double. Where this leaves Antón, the team's other main GC candidate, is yet to be seen.

Although the 28-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success in the two other GTs, what with stage-wins and twice 10th overall in both races, he's never been unleashed on the biggest race of them all. Considering his penchant for marathon days in the saddle and long, steady climbs, a traditional Tour parcours should suit the Leitza-born rider to a tee. The 2012 route is yet to be unveiled, though.

Nieve last week concluded a successful season, including 10th at the Giro and fifth at the Tour de Suisse, by finishing 51st overall at the Tour of Beijing.

Photo: Deia


Stephen said...

He seems to get stronger as the races progress so the TDF may well suit him.

With Samu having other ideas for 2013 there are not that many cards to play and he does seem more reliable than Anton.

Depending on the amount of TT he could easily be aiming for a top ten with the right support.

Magnus said...

Definitely, but it is, as you say, highly dependent on the number of TT clicks. Bit of a shame though that Samu's skipping the Tour when the Alpe d'Huez is set to play such a big role....

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