Nairo Quintana all-in for one more run in the Tour de France – .

Nairo Quintana all-in for one more run in the Tour de France – .

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Nairo Quintana still dreams of winning the Tour de France, although he will not be the first Colombian to win the yellow jersey from now on.

That honor went to compatriot Egan Bernal in 2019, but Quintana – three times on the Tour podium – still fuels the ambition of another shining moment in Paris.

Quintana, who will be 32 in February, has confirmed that the Tour will be at the center of its ambitions in 2022.

“For me, the Tour is always the race of the year,” said Quintana EFE in Paris. “All my preparation will be focused on the Tour. We will have to talk to the directors and the riders, and we will study the course, then we will make decisions on how we approach the Tour.

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Quintana attended the official course presentation last week in Paris after enjoying a solid, but less than spectacular 2021 season, at least by its standards. He won the Vuelta a Asturias in Spain, but missed a stage victory and was far from the podium in the 28th of the Tour.

Knee surgeries last winter seem to have put lingering health issues in the rearview mirror, and he heads into 2022 and his final year of contract at Arkéa-Samsic with the intention of reconfirming that he is a force to be taken with. counting on the Tour as a new generation of stars led by Tadej Pogačar takes over at the top.

Quintana ended 2021 with busy September and October, marked by a series of solid results, including 11th at Il Lombardia.

“There will still be Nairo for a while,” he said EFE. “We are good, we are improving every day. For the first time in a long time, I have finished a season in good physical condition, and now I am motivated to work for the coming year.

Quintana said he liked what he saw on the course of the Tour 2022, citing the risk of levels and the cobblestone in the first week will be significant obstacles to overcome. If he comes out unscathed, he says he loves the lies that await him in the mountains.

“I am a GC runner. Every year, I come to the Tour with these ambitions, except last year, when physical problems wiped them out, ”he said. “The course is good for us. It is important to arrive in the best conditions to be able to face it.

It remains to be seen whether a healthy and motivated Quintana will be able to face Pogačar and Primož Roglič.


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