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by Mark Zalewski
December 27, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends World Cup lead with dominant win at Heusden-Zolder; Vos continues comeback with World Cup win at Heusden-Zolder; British Cycling announces funding cuts; Froome discusses 2017 race plan; Quintana confirms Giro, Tour double; Movistar extends with Soler, Sütterlin; Van der Haar makes return at Heusden-Zolder; Van der Poel changes a shoe faster than many change a bike; Carol of the Spokes.
In an interview with Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) confirmed he will race both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2017.
The 2016 Vuelta a España had a truly stacked field, including Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Quintana found the form that eluded him at the Tour, winning stage 10, taking the lead and never letting it go.
“We are going to race part of January and February in Spain, and I will return to prepare for the Giro and then the Tour,” he said. “We are not going to San Juan, but we will race in America a little.”
“It has been the best year of my career. Let’s take into account that this year, only one race I was not on the podium, I just retired in one, in the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, that says it all.
“Of course, I fought to win — in some I could not and in others I could. Winning the Vuelta a España closed this sensational year, was the best win of my career.”
When asked about the idea of having smaller teams in races, he said. “It depends on in which races it is done. If we talk about the big ones, it is difficult to control the competition. It must be taken into account that the eight you choose must be feeling well, and arrive in the best condition.”
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