Cycling - Nibali keeping calm despite deficit

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (C), wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, climbs the last hill at the end of the 155 km seventh stage of the 67th edition of the Dauphine Criterium cycling race on June 13, 2015 between Montmelian and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (AFP Photo/ERIC FEFERBERG)

- Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali says he's not panicking despite a poor first week in which he lost almost two-and-a-half minutes to Chris Froome. The 30-year-old Italian appeared to have got off to a flying start when he beat all three of his 'fantastic four' rivals in the opening stage time-trial during a heatwave in Utrecht. But currently sits 13th overall at 2min 22sec of Froome and behind both of the other two 'fantastic four' Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana as well. "I'm in good form but not every year is the same. The only thing to do is keep calm and pedal," he said during Monday's rest day in Pau. "I'm feeling serene because I know I've done my best. There was a lot of pressure from fans and the media. "I've had some highs and lows."


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