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Apart from the Tour and the Vuelta, Movistar does not plan to overlap the schedules of their two biggest stars in other stage races.

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28.11.2014 @ 15:11 Posted by Simon van Besouw

Nairo Quintana came to an end during the Vuelta a Espana when he crashed badly on his shoulder. While the 24-year old Colombian is still recovering from his injuries, he is also already looking ahead to next season.

 

The Colombian superstar came down with tendonitis in his right arm in the wake of a complicated recovery from surgery, following his early from the Vuelta a España on September 3.

“I am still not 100 percent, and I still recovering, but it’s getting much better now. I came down with a little bit of tendonitis, and have been barely able to train,” Quintana told VeloNews. “In terms of the fracture, that has fully recovered.

Despite still not being a 100 percent, Quintana expects no problems with his injury for 2015.

 

“I will debut at the Tour de San Luís,” Quintana continued. ” We are developing a good calendar to prepare ideally for the Tour. The goal is to arrive at the Tour in best possible condition.”

Movistar confirmed last week that despite earlier reports, both Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will compete at the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana

“With Nairo and Alejandro working together, we have better chances of success. We are stronger together, rather than dividing our strength,” said team manager Eusebio Unzue. “They can share the responsibility of the race between them. We go with Nairo as leader, but [in] Alejandro we have the assurance of a leader who has the experience that few in the peloton can bring to the Tour.”

Apart from the Tour and the Vuelta, Movistar does not plan to overlap the schedules of their two biggest stars in other stage races. While Valverde will ride the Tirreno Adriatico, Vuelta a Pais Vasco and Dauphine Libere, Quintana is expected to start in Paris Nice, Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Suisse. Both riders will ride the Ardennes classics.

“We want to be competitive in every race we start,” Unzue said. “With Nairo and Alejandro, we have two leaders who will start every race with the idea of riding for the overall. It’s obvious that it’s better for us to spread them around the calendar.”

 

 

Quintana’s tentative 2015 calendar

Tour de San Luís

Paris-Nice

Volta a Catalunya

Ardennes classics

Tour de Suisse

Tour de France

Vuelta a Burgos

Vuelta a España

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