'Nairo has always done better at the second Grand Tour... the Tour won't be a problem for him'

Alejandro Valverde says Quintana can come back stronger from the Giro d'Italia to win the Tour de France

Quintana is flanked by fans dressed as chickens as he rides up the first serious test of the Giro

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alejandro Valverde says he believes his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana will come into the Tour de France stronger after his Giro d'Italia campaign, as he prepares to ride in full support of Quintana at the Tour.

Quintana finished second in the Giro d'Italia in May behind Tom Dumoulin, falling at the first hurdle in an ambitious Giro-Tour double.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).