Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans wins opening team time trial at Giro Rosa; Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation announces anti-doping measures for Tour de France; Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’; Cavendish: ‘Sometimes following the right wheel is enough for winning’; Dan Martin: ‘I’m very optimistic about my chances’; Froome extends with Team Sky through 2020; Fuglsang extends with Astana through 2019; Bardet, Latour, Naesen extend with Ag2r La Mondiale through 2020; Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France; Coryn Rivera extends with Team Sunweb through 2021; Wiggins hopes to compete in rowing at 2020 Olympics; Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast.

Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’

by CyclingTips

Three-time Tour de France podium finisher Nairo Quintana spoke with the media alongside Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzué at the traditional press conference prior to Saturday’s start of the 2017 Tour de France, which begins with a 14km ITT in Düsseldorf.

“The Tour is the most important race of all, and my biggest goal of every season for both myself and the team. I always come here to do my best. My best memory from the race is the 2013 edition when I made my debut. I was so nervous at the start, yet we got those nerves off and things ended up going way better than we all expected. We’re still as excited as then and we won’t stop chasing that big goal. As in every July, I come here to give my 100% and enjoy this sport, hoping that both the Movistar Team’s fans and the Colombians are happy with our performances. We’re calm and we’ve got a really strong team which will support me in the best of ways.

“I think I’ve recovered well after the efforts in the Giro d’Italia. My condition is good, I’ve rested well, my legs are rolling well and I’m excited towards what’s to come. Last year I was better at my second Grand Tour that I was at my first, which was the Tour de France. My approach to the race has been quite different this season, and before the end of the Tour we won’t be able to know if we we were right or missed something, and what should we change for the future. It was clear for us beforehand that the biggest challenge was the Tour; we just hope we’re healthy and strong enough to shine into the mountains.

“The fact that there’s less time trialing and those two time trials’ routes being less unfavourable for my abilities might make it better for me, though it’s certain that I’ll lose some time in those days, it’s normal. Still, it’s less of a worry than in the Giro. I’d have liked, though, to have more mountaintop finishes, though there are many tough days that should suit my condition. It will be a Tour suited for big strategies, with lots of moves. We’ll have to be adventurous as well as avoiding risks – starting with tomorrow’s opening TT. I would prefer it not being a wet one, but as long as we get through unscathed, it will be fine for me.

“We’ve seen many great riders doing strong in the last few races, but to me, the biggest rival is still Chris Froome. I’m sure his form will have improved after the Dauphiné. Then there’s Aru, Bardet, Alberto, Porte, some surprise riders – it’s not like lottery, but you’ll have to be fortunate as well as strong, because there are so many candidates and you will need to stay out of trouble to win this.”