“Vincenzo Nibali is on home turf. I think he’s the greatest rival I have in this Giro,” said Nairo Quintana while speaking at a press conference in Bogota, Colombia this past Friday. Quintana has set the goal of winning the Giro-Tour de France double – a feat not achieved since Marco Pantani did it back in 1998!
While the Tour de France remains the 27-year-old’s highest priority, the double decision was based on his past performances in the Vuelta a España and the notion that he fares better in the second Grand Tour he rides during the season.
“The idea is to go for the Giro title – for both titles. I don’t know if it’s going to come off or not, but we’ll try. More than going there desperate to win the Giro, I’m going with the excitement of being able to participate in the 100th edition as a past winner of the race.
I’m continuing to hone my time trialing and it’s still getting better as far as it’s possible. Also the mountains, but with a lot of care – I have to arrive in good shape at both the two races. We now have a bit of experience and we have our reference points in terms of three-week races.” said Quintana
Quintana will ride the Vuelta a Asturias in northern Spain as final training for the Giro.
Will Nairo pull off the elusive Giro d’Italia – Tour De France double this year?
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