Chris Froome might be heaving a sigh of relief lately as his most potential rival Nairo Quintana is not going to take part in the Tour de France 2014. The news certainly adds a strong boost to the defending champion’s hope of making it big once again this year at the most prestigious cycling event of the world.
Movistar, Quintana’s group has confirmed that their star rider would be skipping the 2014 Tour France and is primarily focused on coming up great at Giro 2014 instead.
The 23-year-old rider was one of the strongest threats to the Tour France 2012 champion last year. The young Columbian finished 4 minutes 20 secs behind Froome yet went on to win penultimate stage, polka dot jersey for mountain king, white jersey for being besy young cyclist & great applauds.
The Tour France enthusiasts were eager to get more glimpse of him this year as well but Movistar announced recently that they would be sending Alejandro Valverde as their leader in Tour France 2014. Quintana would be enjoying solo leadership at Giro for the 1st time in his rising career. However, he would join up with Valverde as co-leader at Vuelta Espana 2014, where he could add to his win on the Soldeu stage a few years ago.
Explaining the recent decision on making Quintana skip Tour France, Movistar claimed that they wish to keep the young rider far from pressure.
“Personally, I do not want to take Nairo for Tour France. His young age & the very burden of enhancing previous year’s result looks interesting for future”, stated Eusebio Unzue, the general manager for Movistar. “I would prefer to allow him to grow well in his formation period that he is still in & let him realize Giro. It’s because we feel that it would be a very interesting championship for him that wpuild allow him to progress in various aspects.”