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Will Nairo Quintana Ever Win Another Grand Tour? | The GCN Cycling Race News Show

Will Nairo Quintana Ever Win Another Grand Tour? | The GCN Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up this week, 5 things we’ve learnt
from the 2nd week of the Vuelta a Espana. We also have a new individual pursuit world
record, the Tour of Britain, the Boels Ladies Tour, the opening European Cyclocross race
in Eeklo, an incredibly close finish at the Brussels Cycling Classic, and all the latest
rider transfers. First up, let’s start with the Vuelta, which
looks like this going into week 3. Primoz Roglic at the top of the standings
by a clear margin, 2 minutes and 25 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde, and almost 4
minutes ahead of compatriot Tadej Pogacar, who sits in third. So, the first thing we’ve learnt is that
Primoz Roglic looks infallible. There hasn’t been a single moment of weakness,
a single tactical mistake, and his team have been more than up to the task of defending
his race lead. He went into that lead on Tuesday’s time
trial, where he pretty much demolished all of his key rivals, putting at least one minute
into anybody that could be considered an overall threat. We expected him to win time there, but perhaps
not quite that much. That stage win also meant that Roglic has
won a stage of every Grand Tour he’s started, which is 5 – according to Cillian Kelly, he’s
the first person to do that since Jeroen Blijlevens in 1997. And on the climbs, he’s always been with
the best on each stage, barring on crash, whilst the others, Valverde, Quintana, Lopez
and Pogacar, have all, at some point, had a slightly off day where they’ve lost time. Today will be another big test for everybody,
but the way things stand, it’s very hard to see Primoz Roglic losing this race,
The 2nd thing we’ve learnt is that Jumbo Visma could have a rather nice problem on
their hands in 2020. With Roglic and Kruijswijk they have two riders
who could potentially win a Grand Tour, with Tom Dumoulin they have a rider who has already
won a Grand Tour, and with Sepp Kuss, they have somebody with enormous potential. This marks the third Grand Tour in the career
of the 24 year old American, and he’s been riding incredibly well. Always there for Roglic deep into the mountain
stages, fending off attacks from some of the best climbers in the world, and yesterday,
he proved that he’s a winner himself. It’s always nice to see a worker get their
chance, and Kuss certainly grabbed it with most hands – that’s his first win as a pro
in Europe, and in fact his first away from home soil. The first of many, you’d imagine. Add into the mix the likes of George Bennett
and Laurens de Plus, and the team really do have an embarrassment of riches when it comes
to the mountains, and we haven’t even mentioned their other stars such as Wout van Aert and
Dylan Groenewegen. And I tell you what, it’s great to see a
team that doesn’t have the biggest budget in the world developing so much talent and
winning so much, they’ve been the team of the year for me in 2019, with 44 wins through
11 different riders, and the biggest one is potentially just 6 days away. Whilst they’re on the rise, Nairo Quintana
appears to be on the demise. Am I unfair in saying that? Well do you know what, I would absolutely
love to see Quintana back to his best, and I felt like we had a glimpse of that when
he won his stage at the Tour de France this year in an incredibly dominant fashion, and
even on day 2 of this race, where he soloed to the win on what was a brilliant stage. After that, I think we all thought, wow, he’s
back, and he’s the man to beat in the Vuelta, but since then, he just hasn’t been himself. Internal team struggles probably aren’t
helping matters, but you wonder if his move to Arkea Samsic is going to help. It’s been two and a half years since he
last finished better than 8th overall in a Grand Tour. Up to that point, it had been 4 years since
he’d finished outside the top 4. So, I’m going to put this out to you, do
you think Nairo Quintana can get back to his best, or are his days of challenging for Grand
Tours behind him? You can let us know by taking the poll on
screen right now, and feel free to get stuck into the comments section too. Speaking of which, in last week’s poll we
asked if gravel has a place in road racing, and 70% of you said yes it does. The people have spoken. We’ve also learnt that Sam Bennett can lay
claim to being one the best sprinters in the world right now. His two stage wins here have brought his tally
for the season up to 13, by far his most successful yet. 11 of those 13 have been in WorldTour races,
and one of the others was obviously his national championships. Now, when you consider how distraught he was
last winter when his team, Bora Hansgrohe, snubbed him for the Giro d’Italia in favour
of Pascal Ackermann, it’s really quite amazing what he’s been able to do with the opportunities
presented. We don’t yet know who he’s going to be
riding for in 2020, but whoever it is, I really hope they give him a chance at the Tour de
France. And finally, we learnt that growing marijuana
on a rooftop when a bike race is coming to town is not a good idea. Well it’s not a good idea anyway, but you
know what I mean. These aerial shots from stage 8 captured the
mini plantation, although by the time police had got there, the suspects had scuppered,
probably having seen their roof on TV in full HD. Unfortunately there was no prize for the first
rider across the line at the highest point of this year’s race. I’ll get my coat. Before we move on, a quick note to tell you
what’s coming up this week on GCN Racing. We will of course be continuing with our daily
highlights of La Vuelta Worldwide, we also have daily highlights of the Tour of Britain
to most territories, and we have some live racing this weekend for those of you in North
and South America – the Coppa Agostoni and Coppa Bernocchi kick of the Italian autumnal
one day classics on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Speaking of the Tour of Britain, that race
kicked off on Saturday, but without, unfortunately, Richard Carapaz. He was unable to make it to Britain at all
due to visa issues. Which I find highly embarrassing, because
it’s not the first time that this has happened in our country, and it doesn’t appear that
these riders have the same trouble in other countries. A big loss for the race, that one. Anyway, out of those who did make it to Scotland
for the opening stage, it was Dylan Groenewegen who proved fastest. He outsprinted Davide Cimolai to take his
12th win of the year. Meanwhile, Matteo Trentin, who’d been third
on stage 1, went into the leader’s jersey the following day after winning stage 2. He and the rest of the bunch had caught Alex
Doswett of Katusha Alpecin agonisingly close to the line. Trentin’s win came despite the lengthy transfers
that he is evidently not a fan of – this is what he’d tweeted that very morning. However, as the organisation pointed out,
it can be hard to find enough accommodation close to the start finish areas that is up
to standard. That said, I know from personal experience
that you spend a lot of time in the team bus at the Tour of Britain. The race will conclude this coming Saturday
in Manchester. Moving on, we were very happy last week to
be able to bring you coverage of the Boels Ladies Tour in the Netherlands, live in fact
at the weekend. If you missed out on any of it, you can find
all that coverage here on the channel. It’s a race that doesn’t have much in
the way of elevation gain, but it was made tough by the weather. And it was made even tougher for Annemiek
van Vleuten after this remarkably accurate throw of a bidon on stage 5. That was in fact the decisive stage for the
general classification. Franciska Koch of Team Sunweb took the stage
win, she turned 19 just a couple of months ago, but it was Christine Majerus, the Luxembourg
champion of Boels Dolmans, who’d moved herself into the leader’s jersey, which she would
keep through to the end. Lorena Wiebes had further demonstrated that
she’s the sprinter to beat at the moment by taking stages 1 and 2, beating Kirsten
Wild on both occasions. However, she was beaten on the final stage
by Chiara Consonni of the Valcar Cylance cycling team in a reduced bunch sprint. Consonni is just 20 years old. That marked her first professional victory,
and this is how much it meant to her….. I absolutely love interviews like that. Well done Chiara, you are this week’s GCN
Rider Of The Week. We also had a couple of one day races at the
weekend, starting with the Brussels Cycling Classic on Saturday, which had one of the
best photo finishes of all time. It’s not often that you see 6 riders throwing
their bike for the finish line in a sprint, but that’s exactly what happened at the
Brussels Cycllng Classic on Saturday. In reverse order, Arnaud Demare, Jasper Stuyven,
Davide Ballerini, Jasper Philipsen, Pascal Ackermann, and the winner, Caleb Ewan. And what a season it’s been, in the end,
for the Australian. It took him a while to get going this year,
but in the end he’s come out of it with 10 wins, 2 at the Giro, 3 at the Tour, and
finally a with a one classic that started all the way back in 1893. And that’s his season finished, he’ll
take a break now before rebuilding towards 2020. The following day, at the GP Fourmies, we
also had a bunch sprint. Nacer Bouhanni of Team Cofidis had been up
there, until this unbelievable crash. He appears to get tangled with another rider,
at which point he gets flung to the side of the road like a pinball, whilst his bike ends
up going in the opposite direction, taking out another couple of riders in the process. I’ve never seen anything quite like that
before. Emerging unscathed was Pascal Ackermann of
Bora Hansgrohe, taking his 10th win of the season. Believe it or not, the cyclocross season has
started as well. Lasty and I were, yesterday, commentating
on the first round of the Ethias Cross in Eeklo, Belgium, and we had a couple of brilliant
races. In the women’s, Maud Kaptheijns, who’d
been distanced early on, clawed her way back and managed to get the better of two 20 years
olds – World Under 23 champion Inge Van Der Heijden and Anna Kay. I’m expecting to see plenty more of them
this season. It was also great to see Jolien Verscheuren
make her return to competition yesterday – she had a malignant brain tumour removed in April
of 2018, and whilst she didn’t finish the race, being on the start line was a win in
itself. In the men’s, we had a very close battle
on what was a very dry and fast course. That, in part, was probably helped by the
absence of van der Poel and van Aert. Coming into the last lap, there were still
a good 7 riders in with a chance of the win, but it was Lawrence Sweeck who powered his
way through the sand section, gapping the others and sprinting out of every other corner
towards the finish line. I have to say, it was very impressive to watch. If you want to catch up on either event, or
even both, it’s still available as live to most territories. You may want to watch it just to check that
Lasty is, indeed, still alive and well. Now, as mentioned at the top of the show,
we had a new World Record set in the individual pursuit at the weekend. Not just once, but twice, in fact, by Ashton
Lambie, who was the man who already held the record. He clocked a 4:06:407 in the semi finals,
but went even better in the final itself, with a 4:05.423. The Pan American Track Cycling Championships
took place in Bolivia, at 2500m above sea level, and it has led to more discussions
as to whether there should be separate world records for sea level vs altitude. Whatever, that is just an unbelievable ride
from Lambie. I could be at 10,000m with an oxygen mask
and not even get close. We shall finish with some more transfer news,
and to start with, not a rider, but a manager. It’s been announced that Rolf Aldag will
leave Dimension Data at the end of the season, not a big surprise really when you consider
the fall out over Mark Cavendish’s non selection for the Tour de France. It’s not yet clear where Aldag will be,
next season, though. Some of the worst kept secrets have been confirmed
– Richard Carapaz will indeed move from Movistar to Ineos, further adding to their Grand Tour
firepower, and they’ve also signed young Colombian Brandon Rivera – I have to confess
I don’t know anything about him, in fact I can’t even find him on procyclingstats. Also, somewhat unsurprisingly at this point,
Nairo Quintana heads to Arkea Samsic with Diego Rosa, brother Dayer, and Winner Anacona. Fabio Felline will move from Trek Segafredo
to Astana next year, but Trek have acquired the services of Charlie Quarterman, British
U23 time trial champion. And finally, three Belgian riders have announced
their retirement – Maxime Monfort, Kenny De Haes and Bart De Clercq. Congratulations to all of you on your careers. Right, that’s it for this week, we’ll
be back next week with the conclusions of the Vuelta and the Tour of Britain, the Grand
Prix’ of Quebec and Montreal, and the women’s Madrid Challenge. In the meantime, if you haven’t you’re
interested in your tech, you might want to check out the videos on GCN Tech from Eurobike,
in this one, Jon went in search of his favourite bikes from the show.

68 comments on “Will Nairo Quintana Ever Win Another Grand Tour? | The GCN Cycling Race News Show

  1. What a ridiculous show the grand tours are. The intercom is totally destroying all the joy. It's become very predictable and boring to watch the leading team take control and blocking the road to prevent attacks. The cycling sport has developed to be riders with Watts and weight rather than to be a full spectrum sportsman where you actually have to make own judgements, own tactics and your own impulsive actions based on what's happening in the peloton. This is the death of cycling if it continuous.

  2. Chiara Consonni should get rider of the year! The way she expressed herself, her love for the sport and the people in it should be what cycling is about.

  3. Looked like Bouhanni was trying to shoulder-check Jasper Philipsen off of Pascal Ackerman's wheel. It's lucky that no one else was seriously hurt. That guy is dangerous and he does not have the results to race like such an asshole, at least not within the last half-decade.

  4. 3:43 wellcome to the most grueling conversation about cycling in Colombia, if you consider the palmares, the wins, the consecutive participations the age averithing in Quintana is out of the charts a very hard top of the tops in the best of Colombia in Latin america and certainly a deserving hall of famer if not now in the future, can be a future GC winner, Yes in my book, why … just a matter of a deserving company in the road,… a better team around him could make a future yellow or repeat pink or red. Quintana only quits a race if he is injured but never abandon, he loves cycking and he will pursue Yellow a long as there is a chance.

  5. No, he won’t.

    Research shows roughly 6.4wpk is human limit (for now). Doesn’t matter how light he is, others at ~68kg can also reach 6.4wpk to equal him at climbs… except those riders will have better raw power number, meaning better TT and stays fresher when they roll on flats.

    Simple physics

  6. Brandon has the same MTB background as Egan. He was Panamerican U23 XCO Champion 2016 and Youth Olympic champion 2014. This year he is the ITT Panamerican Champion.

  7. Brandon Rivera is a 23 yo cyclist with a similar trajectory than Egan. Both are from the same town and started in the MTB within the same team (Fundacion Mazuera). He is (was) currently in a UCI continental team based in Colombia called GW-Shimano

  8. would have love to see Bouhanni get that sling shot push forward instead of sideways, would have been epic like sprinting with a nitro turbo engine.

  9. Watching old videos of young bernal winning mountain bike races I see that his best friend was Brandon Rivera, they were on the same team and they grew up together as best mates but Brandon didn't have the pedigree of Bernal and never made it to the big leagues, he rides for a Colombian continental team and just finished 4th at the Pan-american time trial event. So looking at his palmares I can only assume that Ineos hiring this kid was requested by Bernal who is his best friend and I guess Ineos agreed to keep Egan happy and motivated by seeing his friend getting an opportunity to ride for a world tour team. There is another kid that rides for Androni whose name is Kevin Rivera, he is Costa Rican and a great prospect as a future super climber and when I heard RIvera this was the kid that came to mind but I guess they didn't go for the talented kid but for Egans mate which is not that talented but is like a brother to him.

  10. #askgcnracing (Is that a thing? 🙂 )

    In a grand tour, is this better for a team to have a rider ranked 8-12 in the general classification or a rider winning a stage?

  11. Quintana was the rival of Froome and also inspired a new crop of talent from Latin America. Hopefully the cycling community appreciates all he has done for the sport over his incredible career.

  12. I’m a big fan of Nairo, but he is not going to win another grad tour. Going to Arkea is not going to help either. Maybe he should had gone to UEA. Hope he win another grand tour, tho. Greetings from Ecuador, the country of the last Giro winner.

  13. TJV is an insane team. Wonder why they haven't won a team classification yet despite almost always ruling the TTT.

    Also, how very effective is it to throw your bike to cross the finish line to gain some edge?

  14. Nairo has been unfortunate to be racing against Froome and team Sky,at another time or with a stronger team he might have achieved more,at least he's not going to be alone at his new team and racing with a clear mind away from team politics can only be a good thing,he might still surprise us all.
    Thank you for the super coverage over the weekend and a special shout out for Jose and her commentating on the Boels Tour,I also thoroughly enjoyed the Cyclocross,thanks GCN.

  15. what bother me about jumbo visma is that they win because their riders are simply the strongest and not because they have good tactics. They made countless errrors in the pas but they are saved by their riders who manages to win despite awful DS decision.

  16. Answer from Egan Bernal: “come on! He is Nairo!” . It is not easy but we have today Fugslang who is 34 winning his first stage in a grand tour and last year ALejandro Valverde became world champion at 39, Nairo is 29.

  17. Quintana – The mystery of the world of cycling, he keeps his cards close to his chest. I difficult man to understand . As to his future, we all wonder that

  18. Hey @GCNRacing Why are there only 3 Grand Tours? How did each come about? What defines a Grand Tour? Is there any chance another country will start a 4th Grand Tour?

  19. Hopefully Richard Carapaz will get those British visa issues worked out, or he may never be able to report for duty on Team Ineos

  20. Nairo will win a gran tour again. New team, new life, new perspective that is what me needs, that is what he will have in 2020.

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