Movistar Team accomplished a milestone feat in their four-decade history: winning a first team GC in the Giro and completing a treble of Grand Tours alongside the Tour and the Vuelta which only five other teams in history have been able to claim.
Nairo Quintana's reaction: "A podium finish is not something to be disappointed about. We're not machines, we can't do everything we want as we want before a race. Sometimes, you don't get the prize you want, even when you work hard to accomplish your goals. More in contrary: we're happy, satisfied about this result. The best thing in this Giro was the great teamwork - I have no words to describe how grateful I am towards the whole Movistar Team. We could have done it better, maybe worse, but we're on the podium and that's what counts right now. Dumoulin didn't look like the main rival for us before the race, yet he bested everyone with excellent TT and mountain performance. He really deserves this victory."
After the first phases in Sardinia and Sicily, they will head north to face legendary climbs such as Blockhaus (9th stage, 14th May), Mortirolo, Stelvio and Umbrailpass (King’s stage, 23rd May). From there, it’s on to the Dolomites via Pordoi, Valparola and Gardena, final destination St. Ulrich (18th stage, 25th May). A 28 km-long individual time trial from Monza to Milan (the 21st stage) on 28th May will decide the overall winner, if this has not already been decided by previous races.
If you are focusing on the overall prize, like Nairo Quintana's Movistar team is, there won’t be a second to lose over the next three weeks. This means that having the right equipment can make all the difference. As an official partner, this is where ABUS has been able to step in thanks to the ergonomic fit, aerodynamics, and innovative features of their high-tech helmets. The world’s best team is reaping the benefits from the joint development and the aerodynamic advantages of the GameChanger. Of course on hot days and during mountain stages, the team will still be able to fall back on the features of their TecTical all-rounder team helmet.
ABUS and Movistar will be joining forces for the first time in a grand tour at the 100th Giro d’Italia, one of the three week tours that make up the World Tour.
In the fight for the coveted pink jersey awarded to the overall leader, the team will not only be donning their trusted team helmet from TecTical, but also strapping on ABUS’s latest development. As such, the team will be sure to benefit from the GameChanger's incredible aerodynamics, optimum breathability and many other features.
Nairo Quintana claimed stage number 9 and is thereby the first ever Giro leader to wear an ABUS helmet. We change the game!
For the Movistar Team it was already the 25th victory of the ongoing season. Just a day before Quintana’s brave stage win, his team mate Gorka Izagirre claimed the victory at stage number 8.
This is what Nairo Quintana said about his race and the outstanding performance of his „boys“:
"Such a great day! I feel strong and I'm pleased to see the whole Movistar Team riding this way. All of the boys have been simply outstanding, [...] and that also brings you extra motivation to give your best.
I'm so happy I ended up winning this stage and also wearing the Maglia Rosa before the rest day.“ - Nairo Quintana