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Quintana’s father: Movistar is burning out my son

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Nairo Quintana’s father, Luis Quintana, told Colombian television station Caracol TV  that Movistar Team is burning out his son by making him rider for the General Classification in the Giro and the Tour.

The 27-year-old Quintana started the year ambitiously with the now almost impossible Giro/Tour double in his sights, last done by Marco Pantani in an era noted for its extravagantly enhanced riding.

Quintana finished second in the Giro d’Italia in May behind Tom Dumoulin, falling at the first hurdle in an ambitious Giro-Tour double and has clearly paid the price forward for the effort.

“He got sacrificed too much. It was a matter of bad organization by Movistar,” Quintana’s father said. “It seems like they were just learning because this is not the way to ride the Tour. They take the riders there as if they are on a training camp.

“It seems like Eusebio (Unzue) has forgotten how to do it,” he continued.

“The Colombians are protesting because Movistar is burning Nairo out. He should not have gone to the Giro if he was also going to ride the Tour.”

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