Nairo Quintana: The Critics Don't Hurt Me, But My Legs Do

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went on the attack

Nairo Quintana has said that the criticisms levelled at him after he failed to put in a concerted attack at Lagos de Covadonga on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España are not hurting him as much as his legs. At a press conference on Monday’s rest day, the Movistar rider told reporters that he didn’t have the legs to take time. There was plenty of expectation on Quintana’s shoulders heading into what was dubbed by some the queen stage of the race, not least because victory at Lagos de Covadonga had proved the making of his 2016 overall victory. Quintana had looked strong on La Camperona, the first of the three summit finishes that closed out the Vuelta’s second week, and Lagos de Covadonga was supposed to be his preferred terrain. Shrouded in mist, the group of favourites was whittled down to a select few on the lower slopes ...

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