Vincenzo Nibali has focused to become the fourth rider of winning the actual Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana within the same year once the final three-week Great Tour of the growing season starts vacation on Saturday.

The Italian, 28, who won the actual Vuelta this year, claimed his second Grand Tour name by
successful the Giro in May.

Colombia’s Sergio Henao and also Spanish couple Joaquin Rodriguez and also Alejandro Valverde are among his chief rivals.

Nibali said: “I’ve got nothing to prove following the Giro but I want to do well. “

Only Belgian legend Turn Merckx (1973), Giovanni Battaglin associated with Italy (1981) and also Spain’s Alberto Contador (2008) have got won the Spanish race in the same 12 months as winning its Italian language equivalent.

The three-week race is just not as prestigious because the Tour de England and Giro however attracts the greatest names within the sport – even though defending champion Contador associated with Spain and Chris Froome, who became the actual
second British winner of the Tour in July , are not racing.

With Froome focusing on the entire world road race in Florence in late Sept, Team Sky have got chosen Henao to lead a nine-man squad
that features Luke Rowe because the solitary British driver.

Still Nibali has aspirations of using the tremendous mountain route being a warm-up for that world road race, which likely to favour the rising experts.

“It’s vital that you do well because a lot of people will be watching my personal performance here as information on how well I can ride there, ” he said.

“If Personally i think in good enough shape of winning and have a benefit of just a minute or maybe more, i then will go for broke in a single stage someplace.

“If I’m suffering so badly I’m barely effective in keeping up with all of those other favourites, I’ll perform things differently. “

Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009 and is likely to feature highly but it is other Spaniard Rodriguez who comes into the race in decent form.

The 34-year-old Catalan finished the actual 2012 season because the top-ranked cyclist but is yet of winning a Grand Tour, having twice completed third in the Vuelta (2012 and also 2010), second in last year’s Giro and also third about this year’s Tour disse England.

“Winning one particular [Grand Tour] just before I retire is the high stage of my profession, ” the actual Katusha rider told Spanish paper BECAUSE.

“It’s the difference between having a good profession, like hendes, and a magnificent one. “

This year’s Vuelta begins having a twenty-seven. 4km team period trial from Vilanova disse Arousa to Sanxenxo in north-western Spain featuring 11 summit coatings. The penultimate twentieth stage takes in the actual gruelling climb of the Angliru, that has approaching 24%.

The race finishes in This town on Sunday, fifteen Sept.