Nairo Quintana faces a tough time trial in the Giro d'Italia today as he looks to limit his losses to his main General Classification rivals.
The Colombian is set to lose at least a minute to the likes of Cadel Evans, Rigoberto Uran and Domenico Pozzovivo as on paper they are much better at time trials than he is.
Quintana hasn't made any of the headlines during the Giro so far and has been quietly riding with the peloton avoiding most of the crashes and keeping on eye on his rivals.
Last year's Tour de France runner up is currently one minute 45 seconds behind Evans, 48 seconds behind Uran and 25 seconds off of Pozzovivo. Quintana is in eighth place and will hope he can come out of the stage today with limited time damage.
Although Quintana admits he does like the look of the course, he believes his other rivals have the edge over him.
According to Cycling News, Quintana said: "I like the course. I've seen it and I think it actually favours me a little.
"It's a strange time trial. You can't say its flat but there's isn’t a lot of climbing. It suits Evans and Rigo (Uran) and Pozzovivo. Perhaps Evans has a slight advantage. Uran perhaps will have a slight edge on me because I've seen that he's riding really well."
The 24 year old has been suffering from an injury he sustained on stage six after there was a huge pile up of riders as well as suffering from the high pollen count in Italy.
Quintana said: "The problem in my glutei muscle is almost gone, it doesn’t hurt me anymore. Now my problem is that I've got a bit of catarrh, a sore throat and headache. My nose is blocked too," he admitted, clearly not worried that it might boost the morale of his rivals.
"We'll see how the time trial goes. Of course it will be an important test to see the hopes of the rider targeting the overall classification."
Quintana will be looking to make up some time in the mountain stages of the Giro where he can attack his rivals and do what he does best, which is climbing.
Riders start in three minute intervals today with Quintana starting at 15:59 this afternoon. The last rider to start will be race leader Cadel Evans. The Australian will begin at 16.20.
Quintana's 2014 Results
1st overall in the Tour de San Luis, as well as finishing 1st in the King of the Mountains Classification and winning stage four.
2nd in the Tirreno-Adriatico, also winning the Young Riders Classification.
5th in the Volta a Catalunya.
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