Kinda rich considering Quintana's best chance at a Tour went ended up being bent so Valverde coudl get 3rd all the way back in 2015.Quintana was never a charismatic figure, so he relied on his results to gather people around him. When he couldn't fulfill the expectations of winning the TDF, perhaps the other "faction" of Movistar (led by Valverde) started getting sick of bending towards Nairo, pressuring Movi*'s management to decrease Quintana's leadership role. Then, Quintana started getting more and more demotivated and results were getting less and less good, kind of a vicious circle.
At least that's how I view his situation, he sounds to me like the "anonymous" kind of guy.
Fortunately, he left Movistar. Everyone won in the end.
Because he doesn't have very good recovery anymore and he's way too inconsistent. As witnessed today.Why is a top 5 more difficult now? He's 5th right now. Roglic and Pogacar look like the strongest now and Bernal is also likely to finish above Quintana. But no one else looks any better.
Yes, I definitely expect him to bounce back with a nice performance and perhaps even a stage win. Loze would be a good scalp.Hard to say what is bad recovery and what is because of crashes.
Anyway, at least we can expect a big Wawa-Nairo mountain raid on the Col de la Loze stage.
I had to watch some videos about these nettle bushes. They look painful. However they have a medicinal effect. Let's hope for other good effects as well .On Bruneel's podcast yesterday he mentioned he was told Quintana crashed right into a big stinging nettle bush, must have been a painful ride uphill let alone dealing with the actual crash effects. Owch!