Nairo Quintana says riders are racing 'not to lose'

The 2014 Giro champion Nairo Quintana says riders are not prepared to risk losing races, meaning they attack less.

Nairo Quintana on stage nineteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Nairo Quintana says modern riders are too afraid to lose races, meaning that the best climbers are not willing to make long attacks in the mountains.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, the 2014 Giro d’Italia champion admits he has to temper his emotions in the peloton rather than go on the attack.

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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.