Nairo Quin­tana

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Colom­bia, Mo­vis­tar Not ev­ery­one can win two con­sec­u­tive Grand Tours in the same year like Chris Froome. Nairo Quin­tana, Mo­vis­tar’s Colom­bian climber, was one of three no­table stage rac­ers, in­clud­ing Thibaut Pinot and Ro­main Bardet, who fol­lowed up a fine 2017 Grand Tour with a medi­ocre one. Quin­tana was a shell of him­self in last year’s Tour: sel­dom mak­ing the moun­tain se­lec­tions and plac­ing 12th af­ter com­ing sec­ond to Tom Du­moulin in the Giro. This year, Quin­tana is con­cen­trat­ing on the Tour, and will have Mikel Landa and Ale­jan­dro Valverde in his cor­ner. The route might not be climb-y enough for Quin­tana. The cob­bles of Stage 9 are a real threat to his chances. In Fe­bru­ary, he came runner-up in the in­au­gu­ral Colom­bia Oro y Paz race.

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