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Quintana confident in ability to win Tour de France

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October 17, 2013, 04:42,
October 17, 2013, 09:34
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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Colombian on leadership of Movistar team

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is confident in his ability to win the Tour de France in the coming years but says that he feels under no additional pressure since he finished second behind Chris Froome (Sky) in this year’s race.

The Colombian made a sparkling Tour debut in July, reaching Paris as the king of the mountains and best young rider, and dropping Froome to win on the final summit finish at Semnoz. Still only 23 years of age, Quintana is expected to offer an even more robust challenge to Froome in 2014.

“Yes, I see myself winning the Tour de France some day, I don’t see it far away. I don’t know if it will be in one year, in two or in three, but I have the capacity to do it,” Quintana told reporters in Madrid on Tuesday, according to the EFE news agency.

“I don’t think it affects me to be a contender for the Tour. I’m taking it calmly: it’s not something that stresses me. I have to work hard and try to meet the expectations, nothing more than that.”

Quintana was speaking at a press conference to announce that Movistar had extended its sponsorship of his team through to the end of the 2016 season, which was also attended by his teammate Alejandro Valverde and team manager Eusebio Unzue.

While Quintana told reporters, “I feel like the team leader,” he was careful to point out that he had no problem in helping the other captain, Valverde.

Valverde confirmed that he will again ride two Grand Tours in 2014. Although he will wait for the presentation of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España routes before finalising his programme, he admitted that he was intrigued by the Giro route.

“Why not do the Giro? It’s a good route for me,” Valverde said, according to Biciciclismo. “But we have to wait for the Tour [the route is presented on October 23 – ed.] and see. If it is very mountainous, it might be better for Quintana.”

Manager Eusebio Unzue said that the Tour de France was the team’s principal aim in 2014 and that it was still possible that both Quintana and Valverde would be on the start line in Leeds next summer.

“We want a great team at the Vuelta, and we know that the Giro route is interesting for both of them,” Unzue told EFE. “We imagine that the Tour won’t change much but when we know the route, we’ll decide on each of their schedules.”





TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Time for the show to begin, Nairo Quintana v Chris Froome could be the new Andy Schleck Alberto Contador duel for the next 3 years, i feel Quintana will win a couple Tour's but not when Froome is around the way they match up in the ITT is to far in 1's favour. I would like to see Nairo also targeet other GT's, i know its a term chucked around alot but seriously this kid could become 1 of the all time greats and i mean that. The way he climbs is like no other, so gracefull.
Martin Houde More than 1 year ago
You forget Nibali. He can now hold his own in ITT, is a great climber and a fabulous descender. He's also got Contador-like fighting spirit. It's not a straight Froome-Quintana showdown. Contador himself may rebound.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
The guy's conflicted.. you can tell he wants to be the king of the Stelvio or the Angliru but his team wants him to do the Tour de France.
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
Yes, I think Valverde in particular wants him to ride the Tour, having shown interest in making his own debut at the Giro. There's no doubt that with Nibali riding the Tour, Valverde or Quintana would have a good chance of winning the Giro. Tough decision for Movistar, one of them is going to be very disappointed.
Christopher Clarke More than 1 year ago
Currently without an equal (climbing-wise) in his generation… there’s no stopping him targeting more than 1 GT in a year and being successful in my view. Especially with the current trend of the Giro/Vuelta to be so hilly. The Tour would be the tricky one. Slightly less favourable parcours, and more competition.
TheFred More than 1 year ago
After going head to head with Froome in the 2013 TdF, how do you view Quintana as the best climber?
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
quintana outclimbed froome everywhere in the tour when quintana hadn't attacked early
TheFred More than 1 year ago
Gotcha, so let me see if I understand you; Quintana beat Froome except for the times he didn't. Sound about right? I know that as a bike rider/racer you have experienced the joy of jetting away from the bunch, only to have one or all pass you again after you'd expended energy and had no reserves. Timing, knowing yourself, and accurate assessment of the others are just as much a part of maintaining a gap as anything else. Truth is, overall, Froome out climbed Quintana.
Martin Houde More than 1 year ago
When Froome outclimbed Quintana, it was because Quintana attacked early and his team captain, Valverde was well positioned with Froome and only had to follow him until they caught Quintana; as they were the same team, he did not have to pull at all. Things backfired when Valverde couldn't follow Froome's attack, but that's not Quintana's fault. He was riding as a super-domestique with a chance to win a stage, not the team captain. Near the end of the Tour, he was leader of his team and was not outclimbed (apart from Froome's illegal feeding).
Mel Serrano More than 1 year ago
I know that feeling. I also know the joy of winning a field sprint.
DiegoTelmo . More than 1 year ago
Hopefully he can time his attacks better because this year he was as strong, or very close to the level of Froome in the mountains These type of attacks are only good on climbs like Angliru, Zonlocan where going in the wheel of your teammate is no advantage
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Ok apart from dropping Froome in the last 1k on Semnoz [when Froome knew he had done enough to win the tour] he didnt put Froome under any real pressure at all. A talent for sure but Quintana will need to improve a lot to beat Froome, next July.
DiegoTelmo . More than 1 year ago
thats because you never seen them equal fresh
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
lol froome fanboy
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Quintana dropped him on the Alpe as well.
Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
Q weighs about 126 lbs. That is the physics of climbing, Froome weighs about 152 lbs. Q will never TT like Froome. Thus never going to be a tour winner unless capable of huge gaps in mountains and without EPO or Bags not going to happen. Only with O2 boosters can a 126 lb climber TT like the real TT all rounders. I.E. Contador
MathewR More than 1 year ago
He doesn't need to TT like Froome; although a lot of room for improvement, he still managed: Tdf 2013 1.11s down on Froome; Pais Vasco 2013 (overall winner) 17s down on Tony Martin; I think it's possible for him to win it.
DiegoTelmo . More than 1 year ago
Dude at 22 he is already at the level of Froome in the mountains and he will only get better Surely Froome can still get better but Quintana can improve faster giving his age and he will close that gap in a blink of an eye
Mel Serrano More than 1 year ago
I disagree. The physics of climbing is this. The bike has wheels and gears. And cranks to be used to provide the power. As the crank is rotated, it results in a specific distance of ground covered per revolution. Pretty simple. The crank/pedal has no idea how much,or how little, the rider on the bike weighs. It is only concerned with how hard it is being pressed. The harder it is pulled/pushed, the faster it will cover ground. If the bike could support 1000 pounds, it would go the same speed, or even if the bike bore a very light rider. It's just that in bike racing, you have to factor in the human element. It takes less energy to propel a bike that weighs, with rider, 145 pounds, than it would to push the cranks of a bike that weighs 175 pounds. So, the bigger, heavier rider must use more strength in order to be competitive. That doesn't mean a bigger, heavier rider can't outclimb a smaller, lighter racer. Take Indurain for example. I have seen film of him reel in Robert Millar, and then drop him. Not to easy to do. Millar at that point was an extraordinary climber. Millar is small. Indurain is huge. See what I mean?
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Then years ago there was a guy you'd thought he's got it all: climbing skills & a good sprinter, 3rd in the Vuelta & 2nd in the World's, outsprinting some Paolo Bettini to the line and that guy was also only 23 years old. Winning the TdF only seemed a question of time...the rest is history as they say.
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
The same :-)