From And to the Yellow Jersey? I’m here and in the form, says a Colombian crumb

Go to Mount Teide, the extinct volcano in Tenerife, and it is not excluded that on its slopes you will meet half of the Tour de France peloton crushing the muscles in cruel doses of alpine preparation. Only one man does not go to the temporary center of cycling because he does not need it.

The Columbus crumb was lucky to be born and lives at the same height as this favorite destination.Instead, Quintana, following the brief and successful European mission during which he won Tirreno-Adriatico, the fourth was in the Basque Country and the eighth in Romandia, returned home to Colombia and under the shields And built what his rivals had done in Tenerife.

“This is the advantage of the Colombians: we live at altitude, and we do not have to spend the sea somewhere far away from the family for training, so we have to sacrifice a lot during the year,” said a 25-year-old man. “I know what I have to do, and I’m responsible. There are excellent roads around my house, so why not go somewhere else. “

Quintana could become the first Tour Champion from Latin America in July.”But we should remember that Contador won the Tour three times, Nibali won three Grand Tours and Froome is the 2013 Tour Champion,” he said Movistar stadium leader at a media day in Bogota. “So compared to them I won the least.” Last year he was dressed in the pink jersey Gira, the Tour 2013 was second and many see him as the main ace in the battle for maillot jaune. The timer is on the Tour minimum, the mountains in the last week on the contrary, and Quintana could write a new chapter of Colombian cycling.So if he survives the hard first week without harm.

“I’m in good shape, I have good weight,” he assured. “I know that after all the training I’ve done, I can go to Tour with peace.” Last year he did not let him go and Unzue manager explained that the Colombian young man wanted to save the giant pressure and instead Sent him to learn the Giro that he won.More experienced and stronger Quintana will return to France this year and Tour this year seems to have prepared a route for him, for an explosive hike. Then he also raced in some classics to find out what’s going on at the cat’s head at full speed. “The first week will be tough,” he nodded. “But the toughest stage will be the one at Alpe d’Huez.”

From Thursday on, the little Colombier, along with Contador, will tread on Route du Sud, which he won three years ago to get his racing speed back.And on the 4th of July, Tour de France will start from Utrecht. “I’m excited to think I could make a yellow jersey in Paris.”