Sports Festival: Nibali Shark Salute. Colombian Bernal from Italy: cycling giants in Trento

Vincenzo (Sunday 25) will be resuming his illustrious career a few days after his retirement. Egan (Thursday 22) is the only non-European to win the Giro and Tour, and he grew up here

Just over 12 years separate them. Too many for them to be able to challenge each other, at their maximum, with pedal strokes. Yes, because Vincenzo Nibali was born in November 1984 and won almost everything on the saddle, Egan Bernal in January 1997, but he can already say that he received the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France award in his living room. However, at the Trento Festival, they will be split for … a few days. The Colombian will be one of the special guests on the opening day, Thursday 22 at 18 in the Santa Chiara Auditorium: his presence is great and very welcome news in the past few days. The Sicilian in conclusion, Sunday 25 at 15, always in the hall. Their stories of great men and great heroes will hit the stage.


For Vincenzo Nibali, this will be one of his last public appearances as an active rider, and you’ll really get used to the idea with difficulty: the last road race will be from Squalo in Lombardy on Saturday 8 October, and the last great lap is the Vuelta which is in contention until tomorrow. Since we are talking about an Italian cyclist with the heaviest comfort since the Gimondi, it will be difficult to fill the void he leaves and certainly not in the short term. On the scale, there are not only the Giri d’Italia, the Tour and Vuelta, the 2 Giri di Lombardia and Milan-Sanremo, the 2 Tirreno-Adriatico and the 2 Tricolori, plus 7 other podiums in the great laps just to stay on the main laurels. Vincenzo Nibali also won when he lost – in particular, he lacks a title with the national team – due to the brave and unexpected attitude he always showed to the crowd. And to become a neighborhood hero, never be proud and always humble. Managing to Overcome Even Non-Tribal Accidents See Fracture of the 10th thoracic vertebra in the 2018 Tour, after a spectator-inflicted fall. “I’m the Shark” is the title of the meeting and it’s really spot on. The reference to his historical nickname, given to him by his friend Eddie Lanzo: at first it was a strait shark, because from Messina the Via Vincenzo began. It was in Messina, in conjunction with the arrival of the last Giro d’Italia stage, that the official announcement of retirement at the end of the season. 2022 that has not yet witnessed the joy of victory, but Nebali managed to be the same protagonist in the Giro d’Italia, and took fourth place – again with the Astana shirt – at the age of 37 and a half, and a lot of performances are shown, especially at the Turin stage. He was already a guest of the Trento Festival and as they say in these cases, he is a comeback “by popular demand”.


For his part, Egan Bernal will feel at home in Trento: it is an easy prophecy. All of Italy is the second home of the boy from Zipaquera born on January 13th with the name Marco Pantani and able to put on a hard show remembering the pirate. He became a champion with us, landing in Sicily after finishing on the podium at the Youth Mountain Bike World Championships and living for several years in Canaves, in Piedmont, where he was much loved. Regarding Bernal’s abs, more than many arguments and considerations, it suffices to stress that no non-European racer before him has been able to win both the Giro and the Tour. Bernal won the yellow jersey in 2019 (a first in his country’s history) and the pink in 2021, so he is considered a national hero in Colombia. He wanted to be a journalist, so it is not surprising that he is not afraid to express his own political thoughts about the idea of ​​society that he has. Nor is it surprising that in 2022 it did not add any successes to its wall.


Bernal was training on January 24 with his teammates in Colombia, before finishing at 60 an hour against a bus that stopped to drop passengers. A horrific accident in which he broke twenty bones, he commented when he was still in the hospital: “I had a 95% chance of being paraplegic, and I almost lost my life doing what I love.” With these places, the 25-year-old from Ineos-Grenadiers managed an extraordinary recovery and put the number back on the following day August 15 in the Tour of Denmark, then continues to recover on the Tour of Germany. The season should end in Lombardy on October 8, with big challenges awaiting Tadej Pojákár, Jonas Vinggaard, Remko Evenpoel in the years to come. Meanwhile, the Trento Festival can’t wait to welcome him as one of the family and listen to all he has to say: it’s going to be as exciting as an uphill shot.

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