Movistar rider Nairo Quintana has his eyes set on the Tour de France but expects tough competition from Sky’s Chris Froome and Team Astana.
Quintana targets Tour de France victory
SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (JANUARY 27, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NAIRO QUINTANA, MOVISTAR RIDER, SAYING:
“Mainly it’s (Chris) Froome but we have to see how Astana perform because they are also a team of fighters and very bold, they like to fight and I think they can be an important rival.”
2. VARIOUS OF NAIRO QUINTANA AND MOVISTAR TEAM
4. VARIOUS OF TEAM POSING WITH TEAM MANAGER EUSEBIO UNZUE AND TELEFONICA OFFICIALS
STORY: Colombian rider Nairo Quintana said on Wednesday (January 27) that Sky’s Chris Froome will be the man to beat in the Tour de France, while he also expects a strong challenge from Team Astana.
At a presentation ceremony at the Telefonica headquarters in Madrid for the 2016 Movistar team and bike, which he said he was very happy with, Quintana singled out Britain’s defending champion Froome as the main threat as he seeks his first Tour de France victory.
“Mainly it’s Froome but we have to see how Astana perform because they are also a team of fighters and very bold, they like to fight and I think they can be an important rival,” Quintana, who has made the Tour his objective in 2016 after coming second in 2013 and 2015, both times to Froome.
Team mate Alejandro Valverde, who will skip the Vuelta de Espana this year and debut in the Giro d’Italia, will play a support role for Quintana in the Tour, as he sets his eyes on gold at the Olympic Games in Rio.
“The Giro is a big change for me. With the Giro my calendar completely changes because I would normally be resting at this time, but this time I will be racing the Giro d’Italia. There’s also the Games, which is why I want to perform well in the Tour, help Nairo as much as possible and arrive at the Games as rested as possible,” said the Spaniard.
Rio will be 34-year-old Valverde’s fourth Games.
Team Movistar’s Alex Dowsett also has his eyes set on the Olympics and will be competing with Froome, amongst others, for the British team’s single time trial spot.
“At the moment I am targeting the Giro d’Italia because I think Olympic selection is going to be quite difficult for me, especially with how hilly it is. but if I can show well in the time trials in the Giro then maybe that can set me up well for Olympic selection. At the moment that’s what the team and I are thinking,” Dowsett said.