Nairo Quintana: The race will decide our Tour de France leadership

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) attacks to win stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

Nairo Quintana has told Cyclingnews that the leadership question surrounding Movistar during next month’s Tour de France will be resolved ‘at the race itself’ and not by a predetermined strategy. Quintana won stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse in impressive fashion after a long-range attack on the road to Arosa. The win moved the Colombian up the general classification and put him within contention for a podium position in the final overall classification. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) still leads the race and is expected to remain in control with Sunday’s final stage a 34-kilometre individual time trial. While Porte is undoubtedly BMC’s sole GC leader for the Tour, the same cannot be said of Quintana at Movistar. Despite twice finishing second in the race, in 2013 and 2015, and third in 2016, he heads into the race with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde both in contention for leadership roles. ...

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