Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 18, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.

Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’

by CyclingTips

Though he’s sitting a disappointing 11th overall at the Tour de France, having dropped three GC positions on Stage 15 Sunday, Colombian Nairo Quintana met with the media on the Tour’s rest day Monday to answer questions about his race, and what he can do to salvage his poorest Tour performance yet. Quotes from the press conference are presented below.

We’ve gotten accustomed to winning or being up there inside the top guys at every single Grand Tour we went to in the past. This is life – you’ve got to take the blows and accept defeat with the same humility as you do when you’re a winner. It’s really difficult to assume you’re not strong enough, because you’re used to getting into a race and always feeling on par or sometimes stronger than other contenders. However, I remain calm about everything I did. I worked as hard as it was required to win.

You always have a bitter taste on stages like Sunday’s. It’s not good, it’s not easy to go through such pain, so much harder than you’re used to. You’ve got to accept that, and finish your race as close to the top as you can. I try to not pay much attention to critics, because many of them do not know how it feels to struggle on a bike — or how big the sacrifices are you have to take in order to be successful. We’ve had a really great season, not only myself, but the whole team. We’re sorry about [Alejandro Valverde’s] crash, because with him, things in this Tour would have probably been different.

We’ve gone through a difficult time in this Tour de France. We did everything that we could to reach the race in good condition, but the results have been as you can see so far in this race. Now we will try to go for another day like the one we had in Foix. We will of course try to go for a stage win — ambition and willingness to do something good are never lost that easy. We’ll try to shine in the upcoming days, but we must see how our legs do first, especially considering yesterday’s loss on not such of a difficult terrain. We’ll carry on until Paris. We want to finish the Tour on a high note, rest up and get back on our feet, because this season is not over yet.

We started the season really well, winning Valencia and Tirreno-Adriatico, then got back racing at the Vuelta a Asturias before the Giro, where I won a really tough queen stage, and was second overall after getting to the final TT in pink. We then came here to the Tour with an aim of doing things even better, but we weren’t as strong as we wanted. I simply didn’t recover well. It seemed as though the recovery time between the two Grand Tours was too short for me this time. We haven’t really sat down to analyze what we could have done better; it’s something we will have to deal with after the race. I don’t know if I’ll try a Giro-Tour double again, but if we plan things right, I think it can be done again. Next year I should be again in excellent condition to chase the win here in the Tour.