Movistar 'lucky' not to have lost more time at Tour de France, says Nairo Quintana

The Colombian says the pressure is all on Ineos

Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana on stage nine of the Tour de France 2019 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Nairo Quintana has said his Movistar team are fortunate to be nearly halfway through the Tour having lost as little time as they have, despite Mikel Landa crashing at an inopportune moment on stage 10 that saw him lose two minutes.

"I'd say we're almost lucky to reach this far in the Tour having lost arguably the smallest margin in the last few years against our biggest rivals," said Quintana, who isn't getting carried away with his chances of ending up on the podium in Paris, sitting just 54 seconds off Geraint Thomas (Ineos) in the overall classification.

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