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On the eve of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, Nairo Quintana has admitted he isn’t sure if his stated goal of winning the first two Grand Tours in the season is realistic, but said that time will tell.
“I don’t know if it’s possible to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year,” he said in a Movistar press conference. “It’s the first time I’ve tried. First I have to win the Giro.
“I have fond memories of my first participation because I won. I couldn’t miss this special edition: it’s the 100th Giro, it’s historic.”
Quintana has twice finished second in the Tour de France and was third last year. He is yet to win the race, and also needs to close a 19 year gap to the last rider able to do the double, Marco Pantani. However he’s willing to try.
“There are more top teams than usual, which changes the dynamic of the race,” he said, weighing things up. “And there are more GC riders in contention. On day four at the Etna, we’ll already have a clearer picture of the protagonists. The decisive week will be the last one, though, and I hope for the best possible result.”