Publicado: Mar, Julio 04, 2017
Salud | By Gezane Tiscareno

Nairo Quintana confident of Tour success despite Giro exertions

Nairo Quintana confident of Tour success despite Giro exertions

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde crashed and abandoned the Tour de France early on Stage 1 in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Saturday.

Valverde, consistently a challenger in cycling's Grand Tours, was taken to hospital for assessment having also sustained cuts to his leg, with the team confirming the damage on social media.

He wasn't the only rider to crash badly with Frenchman Tony Gallopin also unseated.

Valverde's departure is a blow to Tour contender Nairo Quintana's chances, as he was due to help the Colombian Movistar leader in the mountains.

"I'm not sure if there was a bit of oil or if it was the tram tracks because I fell where the tram tracks were", admitted Roche.

Valverde hurt himself as he pushed hard during wet and slippy opening time trial in Dusseldorf
Valverde hurt himself as he pushed hard during wet and slippy opening time trial in Dusseldorf

Welshman Thomas completed the opening 14-kilometre time trial in 16 minutes and four seconds to win by five seconds from BMC Racing's Stefan Kung.

"It's unreal. The start of my eighth Tour, my 12th Grand Tour and my first stage win".

Reigning champion Chris Froome wasted no time flexing his muscles at the as he powered to sixth place in a treacherous opening time trial won superbly by his Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas. I was hoping to do a good prologue. It should set up well for punchy riders like Verviers native Philippe Gilbert.

"There is a lot of blood in there so they had to clean it out before doing the x-ray to see whether he's broken any other bones". It's been a long time coming and it's just an amazing feeling. "A few of us went down but thankfully everyone is OK and we got to the finish alright without losing any time to our rivals".

Team manager Eusebio Unzue said the team had full confidence that Quintana could deliver his best.

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