Leadership Question Lingers For Quintana And Landa At Tour De France

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, and Mikel Landa all smiles in Brussels

It was all smiles at the Movistar press conference on Thursday but, in a huge conference room at the Crowne Plaza hotel near Brussels airport, the big elephant in the room was the simple but also complex question: who will be team leader for the Spanish squad at the Tour de France? In 2018, Movistar presented their three tenors - Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa - putting them on an equal footing and insisting they had the combined strength to take on Team Sky and anyone else. That plan failed miserably, with Landa finishing 7th, Quintana 10th and Valverde 14th. Movistar changed their plans for 2019. Quintana claimed he was team leader and built his season around the Tour de France, while Landa and Valverde were supposed to target the Giro d’Italia. Crashes, injuries and destiny have thrown them all together yet again for July. Valverde has taken ...

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