Nairo, after falling apart on the Tour: "I feel anger and sadness"

The Colombian rider from Arkéa-Samsic addressed the media on the second day of rest after losing his options to fight for the Tour at the Grand Colombier.

The Colombian Nairo Quintana arrived with the ambition to win the Tour de France, but the succession of falls have left consequences on his body that ended up crystallizing in the first stage with a special category final, when he left almost 4 minutes and many options .

"I feel anger and sadness", assured the Arkea leader during the second day of rest at the foot of the Alps, a day after a fainting in the ascent to the Grand Colombier relegated him to the 9th place of the general classification to more than 5 minutes of the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

The one in Boyacá suffered from the three falls suffered since the start of the test, especially the last one, when they descended a port at more than 40 kilometers per hour.

"The last two falls have been very strong and the last one has caused me an allergic reaction with blisters all over my body and a lot of pain. I have been there for three days and the pain continues as at the beginning", assured Quintana.

His options now depend on how he physically recovers from those injuries, which are also seen in the ribs, elbows, back, hips, but he promises to keep fighting to move up in the general classification.

"We are going to continue giving war"

"The objective is to continue forward. We do not know if a podium or 'top 5', the important thing is to make a good general. Despite all the ailments that I have, we must continue, that is what It identifies me. We came very well for this Tour, every day we had done very well, but they are things that you do not choose, they are inevitable, it has touched us again, "he said.

Quintana said he felt "screwed up" because his ambition was maximum, but he does not renounce to finish as high as possible.

The time yielded at the Grand Colombier does not rule him out for the general classification, so he finds it difficult to be allowed to enter breakaways, as happened last year, when he collapsed at the Tourmalet and ended up winning at Valloire.

"But if I am healthy I will not stay without trying something, we will get to Paris and until the last day fighting," he commented.

Quintana is now more than 3 and a half minutes behind third place, held by his compatriot Rigoberto Urán, and although there are many applicants to that position, the Colombian does not rule out fainting in the remainder of the race.

The Colombian acknowledges that the two Slovenians, Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, second overall, are very strong and believes that they had a better preparation by not having to be confined for so long."Winning the Tour is mission impossible"

In addition, he stressed that this year's level is higher, as all the teams brought their best men because there is not much competition and they are eager to stand out to secure contracts and sponsorships for the future.

Its sports director, Yvon Ledanois, considered, for his part, that "winning the Tour is an impossible mission", due to the fall of Nairo and the strength of the two Slovenians, but clarified that the race "is not over" and that his boss of rows will not settle for third position.

"Team morale is good. We arrived with ambition and we continue to have it. We are going to try to finish as high as possible," he said.

Hope is set on the alpine stages, especially next Wednesday's, ending at Col de la Loze and a previous pass through La Madeleine, the only two 2,000-meter peaks in the edition, a terrain where they believe Quintana may be more offensive.

Arkea's manager, Emmanuel Hubert, for his part, thanked Quintana's sacrifice in these circumstances: "Many riders in his situation would have abandoned. He is a warrior and wants to make us enjoy even though he is suffering."

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