Teams & Riders Nairo Quintana discussion thread

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telencefalus said:
i said that nairo was going to win and he deliever what a big REAL champion
Yep, he takes a lot of criticism for being passive. But when he has the legs, he has repeatedly shown he has the guts to attack from far and often delivers.

It's a shame the post-modern GC specialists don't have the same desire to entertain.
 
I'm curious about stage 19 now. The legs were definitely good today, there's an effective rest day tomorrow and now he's got a stage win in the bag so the race wans't a complete bust. Might be worth just trying something ridiculous and seeing what shakes out given you're never making it onto the Podium otherwise with the TT still to come
 
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RattaKuningas said:
Suddenly he is back again. I wonder what went wrong in the 2nd week because this was a lot stronger Quintana compared to the Quintana that we saw on Alpe D'Huez.
He looks a bit over his normal weight and the heat does not help in those conditions. Today was cooler. It helped. With the kilometers he is feeling better. So a bit of miss-timing his peak as well. He needs to adjust his program TBH.
 
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yaco said:
27km solo attack to win a stage in Suisse and then attacking early on a 14km climb to win a stage in the TDF - But i read he is a passive rider.
He was totally let go today, he was 4 or 5 minutes back. It's much easier to be aggressive when you have nothing to lose. I'm not saying he isn't, but today proves nothing.
 
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Escarabajo said:
Hugo Koblet said:
yaco said:
27km solo attack to win a stage in Suisse and then attacking early on a 14km climb to win a stage in the TDF - But i read he is a passive rider.
He's not really passive when chasing stage wins like today. Unfortunately, when it comes to GC riding, he's pretty passive.
He is fifth you know!
Wanted to point it out as well. He is up there in the GC and could still make moves in stage 19.
 
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Brullnux said:
yaco said:
27km solo attack to win a stage in Suisse and then attacking early on a 14km climb to win a stage in the TDF - But i read he is a passive rider.
He was totally let go today, he was 4 or 5 minutes back. It's much easier to be aggressive when you have nothing to lose. I'm not saying he isn't, but today proves nothing.
Did you see the riders behind?
So was going to chase him from the group? Dumo and Thomas. I'd say Thomas was the only one with strength to gain time. And that was because Sky was super impressive. He took it in their face from the bottom of the climb. We have whined and complained here for weeks how difficult is to get away from the Sky train and now that somebody does we say, They let them (???)
 
What a stage for Nairo. Did really well. This was Nairo at full steam attacking a full steam Sky Team. Remember when he attacked Sky had at least 4 domestiques. Fab result for him.

Froome finally cracked today. I hope he cracks big time on Friday but I dont see Thomas or Dumoulin crack.

Probably this is how the tour will end 1-2-3
 
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Escarabajo said:
Koronin said:
They let him go. The top 4 had nothing to worry about in letting him have a small amount of time and Landa isn't (or shouldn't) attack his own teammate.
Who let him go?
Those in the top 4. They had time to play with and had no reason to chase. Truthfully had no reason to chase Martin either and he didn't gain all that much time on them. There's at this point still less than a 1% chance he makes the podium.
 

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