Quintana taking 'conservative' approach to Tour de France as Movistar plan three-pronged attack

The Spanish team could field their biggest names in Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana at the 2018 Tour

Nairo Quintana on stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Movistar are planning Nairo Quintana's schedule so he and its other leaders Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde are perfectly positioned for the 2018 Tour de France.

All three will skip the Giro d'Italia to be ready for the Tour when it departs on July 7 in Vendée. Quintana is taking a more relaxed approach this year after over-cooking it in 2017.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.