Mo­vis­tar boss slams Tour cob­bles

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The Paris-roubaix cob­bles are “too dan­ger­ous” and should not be in­cluded in the Tour de France 2018 route, ac­cord­ing to the head of the Mo­vis­tar team.

Speak­ing af­ter the an­nounce­ment of next year’s Tour route last week, which in­cludes nearly 22km of cob­bles on stage nine, Euse­bio Unzué crit­i­cised the race or­gan­iser’s de­ci­sion to in­clude cob­bled roads for the first time since 2015.

“I don’t un­der­stand the in­clu­sion of the pavé. It’s too dan­ger­ous,” the Mo­vis­tar team man­ager Euse­bio Unzué told L’equipe.

“Cy­cling is al­ready a risky sport, and on the pavé those risks are mul­ti­plied… the pavé should be for Paris-roubaix and that’s it.”

The cob­bles were last in­cluded in the Tour in 2015, with stage four of that year’s race see­ing no aban­dons on the road to Cam­brai. How­ever, in 2014 the riders tack­led the cob­bles in more in­clement weather, caus­ing the race or­gan­is­ers to by­pass seven wa­ter-logged sec­tors.

That day also saw many riders in­volved in crashes, with de­fend­ing cham­pion Chris Froome aban­don­ing af­ter a crash which took place be­fore the race had reached the cob­bles.

How­ever, de­spite crit­i­cis­ing the de­ci­sion to in­clude cob­bles in the Tour route for 2018, Unzué went on to say that he didn’t think that the pavé would dis­ad­van­tage star rider Nairo Quin­tana, with the route in gen­eral be­ing ad­van­ta­geous for a clim­ber such as the Colom­bian.

“I think it’s a good Tour for Nairo Quin­tana,” Unzué con­tin­ued. “With all the dif­fi­cul­ties it will be a great clim­ber who will be re­warded in July.

“The cob­bles do not nec­es­sar­ily dis­ad­van­tage Nairo. In 2015 he did well [fin­ish­ing 23rd on the cob­bled stage and not los­ing time].”

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