Cobbles don't bother me, insists Nairo Quintana

With Nairo Quintana set to embark on his first cobbled races in March, the Colombian insists they're "not another world"

Nairo Quintana in action during Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis
(Image credit: Watson)

Nairo Quintana insists riding on cobbles is not something that fazes him, saying the three sections of pavé in this year’s Tour de France will not cause him much bother.

The Colombian winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia will take on the cobbles for the first time at the Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3-Harelbeke in March.

And Quintana has the benefit of his brother Dayer having ridden Paris-Roubaix last year, so Nairo has been keen to glean any information he can.

“He tells me that the key thing is your positioning in the group,” Quintana told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

“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.”

It’s not the first time Movistar have sent one of their big name riders to race on the cobbles ahead of the Tour de France, with Alejandro Valverde following the same path last season.

The Spaniard did not fare well when the Tour hit the cobbles, however, losing two minutes to Vincenzo Nibali on stage five.

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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.