Nairo Quintana put the 'G' into Great!
What a debut for this amazing Colombian climber: Stage 20 winner, King of the Mountains, youth classification winner... and second on GC.
Author, Matt Rendell on Nairo Quintana.
I'm not an authority on Colombian cycling so may I direct you to one of my favorite blogs for all things, Colombian cycling and especially a good background on Nairo Quintana.... cyclinginquisition.com
Quintana's success reminds me of some of the greatest Colombian grimpeurs, Lucho Hererra, Fabio Parra & Mauricio Soler. Quintana, in my opinion, is the next in line to take up the title and carry on the tradition of the top Colombian Climbers.
"If we look at what happened today I'm full of confidence and that encourages me to work even more. I think that in 2014 we will try to win the Tour de France, but that will require work every day. My results, this year, do give me a lot of confidence."
Here's today's Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass...
Our Canadian, Svein Tuft is occupying last place on GC, better
known as the lanterne rouge. In days gone by, to finish last was coveted
and brought the rider many post-Tour races and money. These
days it's a symbol from the past.
Hard to believe and sadly this is Jens Voigt's last Tour and we were honored to watch his gutsy breakaway that was typical Jens. Forget that he's 41, he just pulled one hell of a ride breaking away from a group of 10 riders. I sure wanted him to win...
One smart idea is to provide mobile water.
cheers to the Vittel moto!