Shift for Nairo Quintana: before Froome in the Dauphiné

This Sunday is the first stage of the Duaphiné, the test par excellence before the Tour de France. The Colombian wants to take command of a reinforced Movistar after the Giro.


With a Movistar still in a cloud for the great Giro made by the team and conquered by Richard Carapaz ... it's Nairo Quintana's turn. The Colombian of the Spanish squad is in the final phase of his preparation for the next Tour de France (July 6-28), whose main test is the Dauphiné Criterium that starts this Sunday. Between rumors of march at the end of the season and Landa, after his good Giro, stating that the Colombian must "share leadership" with him in the Tour, Nairo is a priori appointment of preparation (but World Tour category) can also serve as a way to show that you will arrive at the Grande Bouclé as an aspirant to everything.

"Everyone asked me why I did not do the Dauphiné, because now I will run it by popular acclaim," said the Movistar before leaving for Europe from Colombia, where he has been preparing his assault on the Tour. And it is that it did not participate in this French test, whose last Colombian winner was Lucho Herrera in 1991, since 2012, although the data say that it is an optimal preparation: in the last 13 years, the cyclist who arrived from yellow to Paris had prepared in this Dauphiné. In the last edition, Thomas not only met the standard but did double. This year will be absent in an Ineos where the head of ranks will be a Froome that also comes with the idea of leaving a good image: "I am ready to win." At the moment, the British has not yet premiered this season in the 22 day of competition that adds up. In fact, his last victory is the general Giro 2018.

But Nairo and Froome will not be the only stars. Dumoulin (Sunweb) will resume after his injury in the Giro ("I will test the knee facing the Tour"), Pinot (Groupama), Bardet (Ag2r), Adam Yates (Mitchelton), Fuglsang (Astana), Kruijswijk (Jumbo) .. . or the current number one of the peloton, Alaphilippe (Deceuninck), will try to look in an attractive layout: half mountain at the beginning, two options for sprinters, a chrono and two mountain stages to finish.



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