Nairo Quintana has outlined his goals for the 2016 season with success at the Tour de France and Rio Olympic Games road race his two priorities. The Movistar rider explained he will then look for a good result at the Vuelta a Espana. Quintana made the comments at the Visa headquarters in Bogota, adding that Alejandro Valverde is likely to make his Giro d’Italia debut next season before riding as a super domestique at the Tour for the 25-year-old.
“I promise to go for gold in Rio 2016,” Quintana explained.
The 2016 Tour de France finishes in Paris on July 24 with the Olympic Road Race taking place just two weeks later on August 6 which provides adequate time for recovery explained Quintana.
“I do not think it’s complicated, but it serves us well as we get out of the Tour with a great workload and rhythm. Extra preparation is not needed,” he said of his twin ambitions. “The preparation is intended to go for the win in the Tour which is the number one target, and the commitment with Colombia in Rio. It is not a pressure, rather a commitment. We will be at a high level after the Tour. We are preparing now and then we will go for the gold.
“It will be very hilly and very favourable for us,” Quintana said of the Rio course which finishes alongside Copacabana Beach. “And we have a great team that can win a medal. I have tried to make similar races on such course, such as Lombardy which I have done twice and I’ve been up there so I think we can get a podium in Rio.”
While Quintana spent the early part of the 2015 season racing the cobbled classics in preparation for the Tour’s cobbled stage 8, the Colombian explained he is likely to have less race days in his legs before next year’s Tour with an emphasis on reconnaissance of the mountain stages in order to be fresh for the Vuelta after the Olympics.
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