Nairo Quintana about 2018 Tour de France: I will be more conservative
Mar 05 2018 12:47 am CET

Nairo Quintana about 2018 Tour de France: I will be more conservative
Nairo Quintana about 2018 Tour de France: I will be more conservative
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will continue his 2018 season in the Volta a Catalunya and welcomes having a more relaxed start of the year.

Quintana is in Colombia finishing his preparation to start the European part of his calendar. To his delight, the first part of 2018 has been quiet compared to other seasons but he criticises the words of the chief of Movistar, Eusebio Unzue, about his beginnings of the season in the past.

"I wanted to allow my body to recover, to give it room to breathe because I used to have the bad habit of riding everything at the start of the year, "said the rider to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. "The boss says 'Nairo is ambitious' and I say 'no, not Nairo. He does what you want and what you order.'

"I go with a director, with teammates and they want to win the race. And when they take a leader like me, they want to inspire respect, show courage and win."

The rider also talked about the way he will face the Tour de France, a race that has become a fixation for him. "My objective is to get to the Tour in a good shape. If I realise that I feel fine and that I can win, I will do it, but I will be more conservative.

"If I see the opportunity, I won't waste it. I would win because I can, not because I have to, not because it is an obsession. I will focus on the Tour and there is no need to show myself in any other races."

The winner of the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España doesn't feel completely satisfied with the 2018 version of Movistar. "It is a group that is still missing some people, given the needs we have," he commented. "There have been important signings, but we have to work and discover where they can be of importance. There are personal objectives and team objectives, and even if that is already clear, the road will make the difference."

The rider also addressed the situation of the arrival of Mikel Landa, a cyclist that also can be the leader of the team. "He is a rider that I like, but I wanted to keep people that left us, friends, that were with me for a long time and that I already knew. Those were people that wanted to do their jobs properly.

"He is a different cyclist and it isn't that I don't want him in the team. He has his personal objective and I respect them because I have them as well and (Alejandro) Valverde too. If he or I have to do the supporting work is something the team will have to decide. And of course, the road will put everybody in their place."



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