Alejandro Valverde: I will go to the Tour to help Quintana, nothing else
Jun 24 2017 07:47 pm CET

Alejandro Valverde:  I will go to the Tour to help Quintana, nothing else
Alejandro Valverde:  I will go to the Tour to help Quintana, nothing else
Photo of Alejandro Valverde by Movistar Team

Alejandro Valverde is going to the Tour de France with the objective of helping Nairo Quintana. The rider of Movistar will not be riding for a position in the General Classification, he says.

Although this season has been great for Valverde, the Spaniard wanted to make sure that everybody knows that he is not going to the Grande Boucle as a leader for Movistar. "My objective is clear and I have said it before: I will go to help Nairo and nothing else. We will be 100% supportive of him," said the rider.

"Then the road is there and we will see how everything develops, because it is clear that I can't lose time because of the team's strategy. We believe my assets can be important tactically. If everything goes well and we are close in the general classification, that will make the rivals to keep an eye on both and not only one, which can be good for us," he commented.

Valverde is sure that the team will perform well and he has full trust in Quintana. "I see Nairo very focused. He's training well, with a fresh mind and it is true that this is the first Giro-Tour double that he rides. But when he has done Tour and Vuelta, usually he's better in the second, so I don't believe this is going to be a problem for him," the Spaniard affirmed.

Just like the Colombian, Valverde knows who are the main rivals in the French Grand Tour. "I don't see any of the favourites superior to the others. Today, the one that is a little better than the rest is Richie Porte, but in 21 days the race can be unpredictable. It is clear who is (Chris) Froome and what he has done, but he hasn't shown the superiority of other years.

"Alberto (Contador) always arrives well to the Tour, (Romain) Bardet was already second last year... All the favourites are in similar conditions, all in very good shape and I think this Tour can be very open and very beautiful for the spectators," he added.




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