Steadily overshadowed via his older brother, Dayer appears ahead to racing along Nairo in 2020.
When Dayer Quintana signed with Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia for the 2019 season, it marked the primary time since 2014 that he would race for a special group than his extra well-known older brother Nairo. That’s when the two-time grand excursion winner first signed with Movistar.
After Dayer proved that he is also a GC danger, via profitable the Excursion de San Luis in 2016, the 27-year-old has struggled to search out the similar luck. His transfer to a smaller Italian squad has given him the chance to check himself as a GC rider and to steer more youthful riders. Now, he unearths himself in america for the primary time this week, racing the Larry H. Miller Excursion of Utah.
In 2018, ahead of his departure from Movistar, he notched any other top-10 end at Vuelta a San Luis, adopted in a while after via a degree win on the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz, forward of latest Excursion de France winner Egan Bernal and Sebastián Henao. This season he has remained constant, however he hasn’t had any large wins. His very best effects come with a 6th position on GC at Adriatica Ionica Race, in opposition to a WorldTour stage box ultimate month. The chase for a victory continues.
“A large number of other folks misunderstand and imagine I [am still] on Movistar as a result of Nairo, or they see the trajectory of Nairo and be expecting that I must be the similar means,” Dayer mentioned. “Now with my effects this season and being on a special group, it’s higher.”
His Italian group won wild card invites in earlier seasons to the Giro d’Italia and different distinguished races like Strade Bianche, however overlooked out on each in 2019 when invites have been lowered from 4 to 2 amongst Professional Continental groups. Then the group just lately secured an American sponsor—Meter Workforce, a systematic device corporate—which opened the door to them racing in Utah.
“I used to be more than happy to race with this group,” Dayer added. “It’s a smaller group, so I’ve extra freedom but in addition extra duty. It’s been a large exchange from racing with Movistar—with Nairo, we didn’t race the similar races. The purpose were to play the most important position within the races he used to be racing, however we have been by no means on the similar races. Now that we have got been on other groups, I imagine I’m nearer with him.”
Information broke all over the overall week of the Excursion de France that Nairo had penned a three-year handle French Professional Continental group Arkea-Samsic, a squad hoping to make the soar to the WorldTour in 2020. Dayer will likely be following him, in addition to fellow Colombian Winner Anacona, and Crew Ineos rider, Diego Rosa of Italy. The signing marks the primary time the group has featured Colombians on its roster.
“It’s going to be an excellent group subsequent season,” Dayer mentioned concerning the transfer. “We’re 3 Colombians, we get alongside rather well, and educate in combination. Diego [Rosa] is a smart rider who all the time provides the whole lot for his chief.”
Again in Utah, Neri Sottoli earned a degree win Tuesday with Umberto Marengo. The victory used to be a large outcome for his or her sponsor and a display of energy via the group heading into the queen degree Wednesday. The hors categorie 8.6-mile mountain peak end must prefer Quintana. After the primary two days of racing, Quintana sits 28th, 41 seconds down on GC.
“The Excursion of Utah is a gorgeous race, I previewed among the classes ahead of the race get started and it’s impressive,” mentioned Dayer. “In fact there are a large number of mountains right here in order that’s higher for me. Powder Mountain stunned me how tricky it’s. It’s an extended climb so we need to see how the legs are.”
This week may well be Dayer’s ultimate time to polish and turn out he is in a position to play a number one position in 2020.