Nairo Quintana: I thought the climb was not going to be that complicated
Jul 15 2017 06:30 pm CET

Nairo Quintana: I thought the climb was not going to be that complicated
Nairo Quintana: I thought the climb was not going to be that complicated
Photo of Nairo Quintana by the A.S.O.

Movistar's Nairo Quintana lost 25 seconds in the General Classification during the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The rider had to struggle during the last climb to avoid losing more time.

The last climb of the day proved to be particularly difficult for riders like Quintana and Fabio Aru (Astana), who both ended up losing time. "It has been a stage with a lot of danger at the end and sometimes we think more about the security and having more chances in the future, so we avoid any crashes," said the Colombian.

"This kind of finishes are always difficult, because there are bigger and stronger riders trying to get the stage. That is why my positioning wasn't good, and we lost a few seconds."

Apart from trying to stay away from trouble, Quintana ended up facing a climb that he says was steeper than expected. "I thought the climb was not going to be that complicated but it was and I repeat, sometimes it is better to avoid the risks than to win a few seconds," he commented.

Sunday will feature another mountain stage, with two climbs of the first category, and the rider will try to repeat his work of Foix. "We are going to keep trying, we are very hopeful and the team trusts me. We have to see how we face the race tomorrow and if the legs keep feeling good."

The rider is in 8th position in the General Classification, at two minutes and 22 seconds of race leader Chris Froome (Sky).




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