It was bound to happen, given the circumstances.
After teammates Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde attended a Jack Johnson concert in Pamplona, Spain, the two stated that they are “better together,”
The two stars at Movistar are both fans of Johnson and have decided that his popular song “Better Together” will be their inspirational theme when they ride the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia together.
At a press conference after the concert, Quintana quoted the second verse of the song. “Why are we here?” and, “Where do we go?” And, “How come it’s so hard?” It’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving. I’ll tell you one thing it’s always better when we’re together.”
According to Valverde, the duo will be a potent force in the Tour and Giro and their partnership will put Sky’s Chris Froome and Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali under constant pressure. “We will be much stronger by being together than by being alone. We get along wonderfully. And with the two of us, we will be very strong and hard to beat for the rival teams.”
At that point Valverde produced an acoustic guitar and sang an impromptu rendition of Johnson’s Better Together. “Mmm, it’s always better when we’re together. Yeah, we’ll look at them stars and we’re together. Well, it’s always better when we’re together. Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together.”
According to several concert goers at the Jack Johnson show in Pamplona, Quintana and Valverde were singing all the songs out loud and waving their hands in the air. Valverde has also taken to wearing Hawaiian shirts and beach sandals like Johnson.
Team manager Eusebio Unzue is happy his two stars have reached a strong working agreement. “They are always singing together and I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “Mostly it’s all the Johnson songs but they also like Mat Kearny and Ed Sheerin. I must admit they are catchy songs and if that’s what it takes to win the Tour, then I’m happy to have them sing all day.”
After the press conference, journalists were treated to hearing Quintana and Valverde harmonize on “Better Together” with Quintana providing some simple beats with a hand drum.
“We have always gotten along very well. Since arriving (at the team) we have had a good relationship,” said Quintana. “The truth is that I am very happy and I am very grateful to Alejandro for the support that he gives me.”
Things got even more musical when Jack Johnson himself dropped by with his guitar. The popular singer-songwriter wore a Movistar jersey with matching green and black board shorts. The three had the journalists all clapping as they sang Johnson’s hit Banana Pancakes.
“Vive le Tour and vive le banana pancakes,” shouted a clearly delighted Valverde.Jackson’s “Better Together” song inspired Movistar duo.