'Chris Froome never had to face Nairo Quintana one-on-one,' says Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué

Unzué says Froome without his team would have had 'a very bad time' racing against Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome (Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué says Chris Froome never had to face Nairo Quintana "one-on-one" during their Grand Tour battles of the 2010s, and if the four-time winner didn't have his Sky team-mates he wouldn't have beaten him as often as he did.

"Quintana has collided, like the men who came second behind Miguel [Indurain], with a rider like Froome and not only Froome but Froome plus all his team around him, that was impossible," Unzué said in an interview with El Leñero and reported in Zikoland.

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