Nairo Quintana recons Tour de France cobbles

Movistar rider Nairo Quintana has very little experience of riding on cobblestones so checked out the Tour de France pavé ahead of time with his teammates

15 March 2015 50th Tirreno - Adriatico Stage 05 : Esanatoglia - Terminillo QUINTANA Nairo Alexander (COL) Movistar, at Terminillo Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tirreno-Adriatico winner Nairo Quintana was back in the saddle on Monday, looking ahead to his Tour de France assault with a recon of stage four's cobbled sections.

The Tour riders will have to traverse seven sectors of pavé between Seraing and Cambrai in a stage which could prove decisive in the overall standings.

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In 2014 eventual winner Vincenzo Nibali put in a stellar performance over the ragged terrain on stage five, which saw the demise of his rival Chris Froome.

Having missed last year's Tour to focus on the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, Quintana's experience of cobbles are somewhat thin on the ground.

The Colombian is scheduled to feature at Wednesday's Dwars door Vlaanderen and Friday's E3 Harelbeke to give him experience of racing on pavé.

Quintana previously said that cobbles aren't much of a concern for him, as long as he manages to retain a good position in the group.

“The truth is that the issue does not bother me. Yes, it’s the first time I’ll ride the pavé but it’s not another world," he said.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.