2 Jul 2015 - 12:49 PM  UPDATED 2 Jul 2015 - 1:13 PM

Cannondale-Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters has tipped Nairo Quintana to take a maiden Tour victory in an interview with VeloNews.

"I’ve already stated that Quintana is my race favorite. I think he’s good in the crosswinds, he’s an excellent bike handler, he’s good in any conditions," Vaughters said. "If it’s hot, he’s good, if it’s freezing cold and snowing, he’s good. He only takes risks when he needs to, and he’s really good when he needs to be."

Vaughters downplayed his own team's overall chances, saying main GC hopeful Andrew Talansky was only now starting to show signs of life after a rough year.

He added that Dan Martin would focus on stage wins while expectations for Ryder Hesjedal depended on how well the Canadian recovers from the Giro d'Italia.