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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion
Monday, December 29, 2014

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Time to get back to work. The new racing season is almost here. We'll start posting race results with Australia's Mitchelton Wines Bay Cycling Classic, which starts on January 2.

Here are a couple of stories that looked interesting this morning:

Nairo Quintana Firms up 2015 Racing Program

Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana races the final stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia in pink.

Nairo Quintana, winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia and second in the 2013 Tour de France, is aiming for a Tour win in 2015. Quintana will begin his season in January with Argentina's Tour de San Luis. From there he plans to race Spain's Vuelta a Andalucia in late February followed by Tirreno-Adiratico in Italy in mid-March. In early April Quintana plans to contest Spain's Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Following a short rest, he might race the Tour of Switzerland, but the Tour de France remains his main goal for the 2015 season.

Tour Winner Vincenzo Nibali Posts Impressive 2014 Season Numbers.

Vincenzo Nibali with Berbard Hinault

2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali with 5-time winner Bernard Hinault.

2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali (he also won the 2013 Giro d'Italia and the 2010 Vuelta a Espana) was the subject of an interesting story today in La Gazzetta dello Sport. Here's a link to the original story in Italian.

Nibali's personal trainer Paolo Slongo says that Nibali has achieved a good balance between instinct and science and his Tour de France win was the expression of that achievement.

Between December 11, 2013 and October 31, 2014, Nibali rode for 996 hours to go 32,584 kilometers. If he had done nothing but ride and not slept or rested, that would have been 41.5 days at an average of 32 km/hr. His racing distance was 11,794 of those 32,584 kilometers.

Nibali's resting heart rate is 33 beats/minute.

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