Wiggins: Ineos 'will be bitterly disappointed' with Vuelta start
Bradley Wiggins is full of admiration for Nairo Quintana but believes Team Ineos will be bitterly disappointed by their start in La Vuelta, in his latest Eurosport podcast.
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"Ineos will be bitterly disappointed tonight, won't they," Wiggins said on the podcast.
"To go up a climb of that severity on day one after the time trial - first day back on your road bike, it's always difficult.
"A big effort yesterday, back to a stage like that - some guys are going to be good and some guys aren't going to have it."
Stephens added: "Disappointment for Wout Poels as well. I mean, he was the big GC hope for Ineos.
"They are going to really have to reconfigure, the British team, but they are going to be bitterly disappointed."
Wiggins then reflected on Quintana's extraordinary attack to win Stage 2 in Calpe.
"Nairo Quintana won solo, which no one could have predicted," he said on the podcast.
" He's had a disappointing couple of years as a GC rider, but he's come out of the Tour in good condition and now he's poised to win this Vuelta I think."
"He's certainly decided the leadership battle at Movistar hasn't he," he added of the 29-year-old.
"This is Primoz [Roglic]'s big chance now to finally get a Grand Tour. Obviously Quintana is the one who is going to challenge him the most, but this is his best opportunity to win."