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VN Show: Quintana and Nibali—can either man dethrone Chris Froome?

By Fred Dreier • Published


Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes images from Getty Images, YouTube/BikeCycling, YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/Giro d’Italia, Casey B. Gibson, YouTube/USA Cycling, YouTube/ResumeCycliste

This week’s episode of the VeloNews Show is sponsored by Trek, which recently launched its new Madone SLR and SL aero race bikes. The Madone combines the aggressive aerodynamics of a WorldTour racing bike with the comfort of an endurance bike thanks to the new adjustable IsoSpeed Decoupler. For more information read our recent review. 

What will it take to beat Chris Froome at this year’s Tour de France?

On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show we examine the final two riders who can dethrone Froome: Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana.

Nibali is perhaps the smartest, most cagy rider in the peloton these days. He excels at the grand tour format and is the only current rider other than Froome to have won the Tour de France. And Nibali gets stronger in the third week. So does he have the chops to beat Froome?

Perhaps, but there are a few areas where Nibali’s weaknesses could derail his efforts. We’re thinking of that Stage 3 team time trial for starters.

And then there is Quintana, the best climber in the bunch. Quintana is the only rider in the race to have defeated Froome in a Grand Tour. We all remember that exciting stage to Formigal during the 2016 Vuelta a España, right? If Quintana hopes to defeat Froome at the Tour, he will need an equal amount of luck and cunning to pull it off.

But can Quintana survive the possible drama that may erupt between his Movistar teammates? Mikel Landa, Quintana’s chief lieutenant, has a history of riding for his own ambitions.

Also, we examine the strange news surrounding Chris Froome that nearly made our heads explode earlier this week. If you crave a quick explainer, we have you covered.

All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show.

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