The Colombian is gearing up for an attempt to win both the pink (Giro d'Italia) and yellow (Tour de France) jerseys this season.
Tactics worked against Nairo Quintana on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he appears the sharpest of the stars with the Giro in sight.
Esteban Chaves already has two grand tour podium finishes, and this summer he will shoot for another one in France.
Fabio Aru said the Giro's start on his home island of Sardinia gives him "extra confidence," not pressure.
Giuseppe Martinelli directed Marco Pantani to his double in 1998 and said Nairo Quintana has the talent to pull it off.
Andrew Hood breaks down Nairo Quintana's Giro-Tour plans, which come on the heels of his strong performance at the Volta a Valenciana.
The Sardinian has a pair of top-3 finishes in the Italian grand tour but is still looking for his first win.
Nairo Quintana will attempt to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year, a rare feat only seven riders have accomplished.
Italy is now without a WorldTour team and only two of its four Pro Continental squads will race the Giro d'Italia in May.
The Colombian and his Movistar team believe the feat is a realistic undertaking for the two-time grand tour winner.