"I'm better off without arguing"

Nairo Quintana faces his first Tour with Arkea after a successful and troubled relationship with Movistar of eight seasons.

"I'm-better-off-without-arguing"

Nairo Quintana changed Movistar for Arkea for 2020, at age 30 and after eight seasons in the telephone team. The relationship, successful for both parties (he won the 2014 Giro, the 2016 Vuelta, two Tirrenos, a Volta, a Vuelta al País Vasco and another de Romandía, among his most outstanding successes), ended up very worn out, with reproaches in both directions and an unfinished goal: the yellow dream of the Tour. After finishing second in 2013 and in 2015 and third in 2016, Nairo wants to “aspire to the title again” with a block at his disposal: “At Arkea I feel confident and motivated again, with all my teammates in support of a objective. I'm better this way. The discussions do not go with me, I ended up a little tired of noticing the division with several leaders and the same goals. ”

Quintana refers to the last two courses, in which he shared the captaincy on the Tour with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde. “Now I have a solid block: Barguil will help me in the mountains, like Anacona or Dayer (his brother). We may not be the strongest group to control, that will correspond to the Ineos or the Jumbo, but I feel comfortable and very focused to achieve great things. ”

The Colombian started 2020 like a shot: he scored a stage and general in La Provence and Alpes Maritimes and Var, and achieved his fifth pre-ndemic victory in Paris-Nice, in La Colmiane. When leaving the confinement, which happened in his country, a vehicle ran over him while he was training. He retired from the Dauphiné out of caution, due to discomfort in his damaged knee, and on the opening day of the Tour he fell: "Fortunately, nothing happened, sheet metal and paint." Nor is he concerned about the pandemic: “We live in a bubble, with analysis and without contagion. So we will focus on what really concerns us: the most important competition in the world ”. Because the dream of donning the yellow jersey continues: “I must race with intelligence and ambition in the mountains to manage an advantage of around a minute and a half facing the time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles” .



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