Vincenzo Nibali proved his quality with Tour de France late show

Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali
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It was good to see Vincenzo Nibali come good in the end.

I could have jumped ship after one week and gone with Chris Froome but I stuck with Nibali to do well in the Alps.

He proved he is a quality rider by winning the Alpine queen stage on Friday and finishing strongly to move up to fourth overall.

On the stage he won he got criticised.

People said you don’t attack the yellow jersey when he has a problem but I don’t agree with that. It’s a race!

Prior to that attack, Nibali’s team had been on the front charging up the mountain so he obviously had planned something.

He was the defending champion and he had a good race. He paid for a couple of bad days, including on day two when he lost time along with Nairo Quintana.

If they had all stayed together on that stage, Nairo Quintana would have won the Tour de France.

I thought Froome was suffering on Alp d’Huez on Saturday.

He was labouring on the Alp. Quintana just had too much to do and it was a bit sad for him really.

Froome also won the mountains competition but I didn’t agree with the double points at the end of the stage for that. I thought that was unfair.

That’s the only reason Froome won both jerseys.

I would have liked to have seen Romain Bardet win the king of the mountains jersey.

Bardet is an exciting rider. His descending was out of this world.

Unfortunately for the French, he is not strong enough to be a contender for the overall.

He cannot time trial. He’s a very frail looking individual but he’s a good climber.

Geraint Thomas had the ride of his life for Team Sky – he just popped towards the end.

It was a real team effort for them with Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard doing all the work on the flat.

Froome would not have won it without their help.