Quintana tips Froome glory

Nairo Quintana has tipped Chris Froome to win this year’s Tour de France but is confident he will win road cycling’s showpiece event within two years (Froome 1/20 Outright Winner).

Froome put further daylight between himself and his rivals with a superb ride to win Sunday’s stage 15 of the race after a a blistering ride up Mont Ventoux.

The Brit won by 29 seconds, with Quintana finishing second ahead of Spain’s Mikel Nieve and Alberto Contador back in sixth.

The result meant that last year’s runner-up now sits four minutes and 14 seconds ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema in the overall standings with Contador a further 11 seconds back.

Quintana is back in sixth and must take five minutes and 47 seconds out of Froome’s lead to stand any chance of wearing the yellow jersey, and the 23-year-old Colombian flyer acknowledges that the gap is too wide.

“It won’t happen this year,” he said. “Chris Froome is too strong to be beaten. I need to improve my time trialling and be able to create bigger differences in the climbs.”

But the talented Movistar rider is adamant that he will be able to challenge for the world’s most prestigious road race by 2015 (Quintana 7/4 Winner without Froome).

“I came to the Tour for learning anyway,” he added. “For now, it’s too difficult for me to target the yellow jersey but within two years, I believe I can win.”

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