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Mad Bike Skills
Lo Squalo (TheShark for those of you not so well versed in Italiano) called his season to aclose this week at the Tour of Almaty. He has had an amazing year and we wanted to focus on the most rounded and most successful cyclist over the last twoyears. Born in Messina inSicily in November 1984 he is the oldest of two brothers, childhood stories ofhim being towed up Mount Etna on hisbike by his mother's car would not suggestthe great things to come! He turned pro in 2005 with Fassa Bortolo but it was not until 2010 (with Liquidgas) when hereally burst onto the scene finishing 3rd behind IvanBasso in theGiro and then going on to win the Vuelta. In 2013 he rephasised his talent by winning the Giro in some unbelievablytough conditions and showing the cycling world that he had an inner toughnessand real grit (Wiggins retiredill due to the bad conditions). And this year hecapped it all by winning the Tour, some might say he was lucky with bothAlberto Contadorand Chris Froome pulling out due to injury. However, in ouropinion some of this was caused by the pressure that “the shark” put them bothunder. He took the yellow jersey on Stage 2 by winning the stage in style. He then used thecombination of the horrendous weather and cobblestones toshow what a greatbike handler he is by completely crushing Contador (Froome retired after crashing) taking 2minutes on all the GC contenders on stage 5.Thiswin means he is part of a select group of cyclists who havecompleted the grand slam of cycling. I’m prettysure that if we saw him at the lights in London he would be one of those guyswho can stand motionless on the spotand then pull a wheelie as the lights turngreen… rispetto Vincenzo, buonavacanza!More stories