'We have the data that says Quintana can win the Giro and the Tour this year'

Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué is confident Nairo Quintana can improve over two Grand Tours in 2017 to complete an historic Giro/Tour double

(Graham Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Movistar is banking on Nairo Quintana improving throughout the 2017 Giro d'Italia this May to face Chris Froome in his best possible shape in the Tour de France one month later. It bucks modern theory that you cannot hold your fitness over the first two Grand Tours of the season.

For the first time in his career, Quintana is scheduled to race both the Italian and French Grand Tours – May 5 to 28 and July 1 to 23 respectively. The Colombian won the Giro d'Italia in his only participation in 2014.

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