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Vincenzo Nibali would rather turn the page, looking ahead to the season with Trek-Segafredo, and not talk about his former team Bahrain-Merida.
Nibali begins racing with the American team this year. He sat down for an interview with FloBikes at the team's recent training camp in Sicily.
"There are many motivations," Nibali said of joining Trek-Segafredo. "I had a desire to change. To have a better dialogue regarding... No, let's change the subject! I don't want to talk about the past."
The Italian Grand Tour star helped start Bahrain-Merida three years ago after meeting Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain. He said the Prince didn't say anything to him when he was leaving.
"Hard to leave? No. It wasn't," he continued. "It was a stepping stone, a very important one. With them right away, I got some big results like third place in the Giro d'Italia and second in the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a, the Giro di Lombardia, Milano-Sanremo. So big results. I don't have regrets that I left the team."
In Team Trek-Segafredo, he joins Bauke Mollema, Richie Porte and American Junior World Champion Quinn Simmons. Nibali begins his season at the Volta ao Algarve on February 19, aiming for the Giro d'Italia this May 9.
"Here, I'm joining a new team. Trek, a bike manufacturer, American, and an important sponsor with Segafredo, Italian. So for me, it's like returning home to race in Italy," said the Sicilian.
"It's a new adventure. New stimulation because you get all the new products to try. Everything changes, bikes, cloths, helmets, shoes... The thing that's great is that nothing is ignored, we have someone there with us, hearing our feedback and taking everything into consideration. So they are trying to do the best for all the riders."