Procycling - - Debrief -

The Colom­bian’s vic­tory at the Volta a la Co­mu­ni­tat Va­len­ciana was ex­pected. His to­tal dom­i­na­tion on the Mas de la Costa, the 4.3km, 12.7 per cent av­er­age gra­di­ent con­crete road into the cool Castel­lon sky was per­haps less so. With that 40-sec­ond win came the GC. Quin­tana has a habit of set­ting a high bench­mark at the sea­son’s get-go. Be­tween 2014 and 2016 he raced out of the blocks at the Tour de San Luis, win­ning it once and fin­ish­ing on the podium twice. Then he would take all of Fe­bru­ary off and re-emerge at Tir­reno or Cat­alo­nia. This year, though, he did a couple of the Chal­lenge Mal­lorca races, the Volta a la Co­mu­ni­tat Va­len­ciana and then went on to the Abu Dhabi Tour in late Fe­bru­ary. If at­ten­dance of the lat­ter looks odd, it’s be­cause his boss Euse­bio Unzue thinks it will help the 27-year-old sharpen up his skills on the flat and in cross­winds where he un­rav­elled at last year’s Tour.

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