Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the Vuelta a España team presentation

Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a España , the Colombian’s outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France , in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a España this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull ...

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