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ROME -- When the team directors at Astana sat down to plan this season, the outline went something like this: A pink jersey for Vincenzo Nibali, a yellow jersey for Fabio Aru, and a gold medal for Nibali. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 .Nibali carried out the first part of the plan to perfection by winning the Giro dItalia. Aru has to do his part when the Tour de France starts on Saturday at Mont-Saint-Michel. Then Nibali is expected to lead Italys team in the road race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with support from Aru.While Nibalis Giro victory was produced in dramatic fashion by taking the lead on the penultimate stage, winning the Tour on Arus debut in the French classic should be a much tougher assignment, even with Nibali aiding Aru as an unlikely support rider.When we made this choice in November after the Tour presentation we knew it was the most difficult option for Fabio, Astana team director Giuseppe Martinelli said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.After finishing third and second in the Giro the last two years, it would have been easier to aim for the Giro, Martinelli added. We decided to aim for the Tour because we dont have anything to lose. And because were convinced we can do well.The climbing specialist Aru won the Spanish Vuelta last year and at 25 is considered one of the future stars of the Tour.Only 11 cyclists have won the Tour on their first attempt, including greats Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and Felice Gimondi.The last man to achieve the feat was French rider Laurent Fignon in 1983.Aru, however, is not even considered among the top three favorites for this years Tour. Hes generally ranked just below defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador, and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana.We realize that the best riders and teams go to the Tour, that theyre all in top form, and that its not going to be easy, Martinelli said. But Fabio has always surprised us since he turned pro. So I hope the same thing happens at the Tour.Not many people expected Fabios Vuelta victory.As for Nibalis role, Martinelli has handled having two captains in the same squad before. He was at Saeco when Damiano Cunego usurped team leadership from Gilberto Simoni to win the 2004 Giro, and he guided Stefano Garzelli to an unexpected pink jersey in 2000 when captain Marco Pantani struggled.This is a little different, because there are so many different goals on offer and we can handle it a little better, Martinelli said. The Giro victory has made Vincenzo much more relaxed, hes already achieved one of his principal goals for this season.(Nibali) is going to the Tour with the aim of ensuring that Fabio remains in the best possible condition, to help him do well, and be competitive in some stages. But the main thing is to prepare for the Olympics.Nibali has not raced since the Giro and has been preparing for the Tour with a 15-day training camp on the 1,918-meter (6,293-foot) San Pellegrino Pass.Having won the Tour in 2014, and as the holder of four Grand Tour victories, is Nibali really not considering a run at the general classification in France?I dont think so, Martinelli said. Im not thinking about that right now. We all know that Fabio has prepared well for the Tour and in our plans, Vincenzo is the guy for the Olympics.Nobody since Pantani in 1998 has won the Giro and Tour in the same year.Contador made a stated attempt at the double last year but followed up his Giro win with a fifth-place finish in the Tour, acknowledging that he ran out of energy.Its very unlikely to happen again, said Martinelli, who directed Pantanis Mercatone Uno team in `98.Whatever the results, this will likely be Nibalis last Tour with Astana. The Sicilian is expected to join a new World Tour team from Bahrain next year.There are a lot of rumors out there regarding Nibali and I really think theres a chance that Nibali could leave our squad, Martinelli said. But Astana will go on. Nibali is important to the squad but there are other riders who can make the team proud, too.---Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf Cheap Air Max 2017 . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Cheap Air Max Shoes . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. http://www.airmaxshoescheaponline.com/ . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. Williams technical director Pat Symonds suspects Formula Ones new-look cars are on course for a lap time improvement of four seconds per lap at high-downforce circuits next year.F1s new regulations will see wider cars with wider wings and wider tyres in 2017, with the aim of increasing cornering speeds and lowering lap times. The hope is that the faster cars will create more excitement for fans, with FIA simulations earlier this year indicating a four- to five-second reduction in lap time.Although Symonds may be inclined to play down the lap time improvement so as not to give Williams 2017 development level away, he expects the final result will be in the lower range of the FIA estimate at high-downforce circuits such as Barcelona, and much less at low-downforce tracks like Monza.The performance is getting more like the mid-2000 cars but not really there, he said. You remember the target was five seconds a lap quicker, well Im not sure we will achieve that.Weve got this big unknown of the tyres, of course, we really dont know where we are there. But making some seensible assumptions with the tyres I think were going to see more like the four-second mark. Wholesale Air Max Shoes. A place like Barcelona where this type of car will be quite performant, I think it will be a bit more than that but some places like Monza for example, where actually youll be taking a lot of downforce off because youve inherently got a bit more drag from the wider tyres, I dont think well see much difference in lap time at a track like that. Or nowhere near that amount.Asked if drivers could struggle with the extra physical demands of driving the 2017 cars, Symonds said he is not expecting any more of a challenge than drivers had in the mid-2000s.Theyve driven cars like this before, its like what we had in in 2004/5, around then. To give you an example of a sort of typical 200km/h corner, its probably going to go up by 30 or 35 km/h, which adds a G to it. Yeah, its going to be a bit more physical but its not mindblowing I dont think. ' ' '

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