Tour de France - Nairo Quintana: Double Grand Tour can be done again
Jul 17 2017 03:18 pm CET

Tour de France - Nairo Quintana: Double Grand Tour can be done again
Tour de France - Nairo Quintana: Double Grand Tour can be done again
Photo of Nairo Quintana © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

During the second rest day of the Tour de France, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has taken the time to reflect on the race, the season and the future.

The rider accepted that it has been a hard race for him. "We've gone through a difficult time in this Tour de France," said Quintana. "We did everything that we could to reach the race in good condition, but the results have been as you could see so far in this race. Now we will try to go for another day like the one we had in Foix.

"We will of course try to go for a stage win – ambition and willingness to do something good are never lost that easily. We'll try to shine in the upcoming days, but we must see how our legs do first, especially considering yesterday's loss on what wasn't such a difficult terrain. We'll carry on until Paris. We want to finish the Tour on a high note, rest and get back on our feet, because this season is not over yet."

The Colombian had a good season start, but he thinks that it was impossible for him to recover after the second spot in the Giro d'Italia. "We started the season really well, winning Valencia and Tirreno-Adriatico; got back to racing at the Vuelta a Asturias before the Giro, where I won a really tough Queen stage and was second overall after getting to the final TT in pink – we then came here to the Tour with an aim of doing things even better, but we weren't as strong as we wanted. I simply didn't recover well.

"It seemed as though the recovery time between the two Grand Tours was too short for me this time. We haven't really sat down to analyze what we could have done better - it's something we will have to deal with after the race. Going for the GT double again? I don't know if I'll try again, but if we plan things right, I think it can be done again. Next year I should be in excellent condition again to chase the win here in the Tour."




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