Quintana defiant in the face of Giro d'Italia Stelvio fall-out

At the start of the Giro d’Italia in Ireland, when Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue was asked to compare Nairo Quintana to a champion from the past, his choice was a surprising one. "I’ve never known a rider with so much character," Unzue enthused. "In that sense, he’s like Bernard Hinault."

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.