Quintana on Tour/Giro decision: ‘I’m going crazy’

  • By Neal Rogers
  • Published Jan. 23, 2014
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM EDT
When pressed on Movistar's grand tour decisions, Nairo Quintana said he's caught between sponsors who want him to ride the Giro and Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele |

CAROLINA, Argentina (VN) — Nairo Quintana put on a climbing clinic at the Tour de San Luís Thursday, winning stage 4 after conquering the climb up Alto El Amago to cross the line at the summit alone, almost a minute ahead of the nearest finisher, Sergio Godoy of San Luís Somos Todos.

Quintana’s finishing salute was a “rocking the cradle” motion, a nod to the baby he and his girlfriend are expecting next month.

The Colombian also hopes that February will bring clarity to the question he’s been asked for months: will he return to the Tour de France in 2014, and attempt to better the amazing second-place finish he achieved in his Tour debut last year?

Thus far, Movistar team management has yet to provide Quintana with a clear answer.

The Colombian stood on the podium in Paris as a stage winner, the best young rider, the king of the mountains, and the second overall finisher, and he was immediately lauded as a future Tour winner.

The question, pundits claimed, is a matter of when he’ll win his first Tour, rather than if he’ll win a Tour.

However, Quintana may not return to the Tour this year; at the Tour de San Luís press conference on Saturday, he indicated that he might instead race the Giro d’Italia.

If Quintana does not race the Tour, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde would be the team’s dedicated GC rider in France.

The question came up again at his post-race press conference Thursday, and again Quintana was unable to answer.

“I am waiting to see what the decision is on the Giro or the Tour,” Quintana said. “As soon as I know I will let you all know.”

Pressed to explain why he doesn’t know, Quintana explained that it comes down to his team management’s interests.

“It’s the sponsors’ decision,” he said. “Some of them want me to go one place, some want me to go to another. I’m in between, and I’m going crazy.”

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Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers served as Editor in Chief of Velo magazine and from 2011-2015. He is also a Presenter at Global Cycling Network. An interest in all things rock 'n' roll led him into music journalism while attending UC Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California. After several post-grad years spent waiting tables, surfing, and mountain biking, he moved to San Francisco, working as a bike messenger, and at a software startup. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, taking an editorial internship at VeloNews. He still hasn't left.

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