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Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana
Personal information
Full name Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990
Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb; 9.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2009 Boyaca es para Vivirla
2010–2011 Café de Colombia-Colombia es Pasión
2012– Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Mountains classification (2013)
Young rider classification (2013)
1 individual stage (2013)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2014)
Young rider classification (2014)
2 individual stages (2014)

Stage races

Tour of the Basque Country (2013)
Vuelta a Burgos (2013, 2014)
Tour de l'Avenir (2010)
Route du Sud (2012)
Vuelta a Murcia (2012)
Tour de San Luis (2014)

One-day races and Classics

Giro dell'Emilia (2012)
Infobox last updated on
31 May 2014

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian racing cyclist, currently riding for the .[2][3] Quintana is a specialist climber, known for his ability to launch sustained and repeated attacks on ascents of steep gradient. His best career results are winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia as well as a second place overall in the 2013 Tour de France.

Early life

Born in Tunja,[4] in the Boyacá Department of Colombia, Quintana comes from a very humble background, but his family still saved up to buy Quintana a second-hand mountain bike to make the 16 km (9.9 mi) journey to school.[5] Quintana still resides in Cómbita.


Early career

In 2010, Quintana won the Tour de l'Avenir proving to be one of the great prospects for the future of Colombian cycling.

Movistar (2012–present)

2012 season

In 2012, Quintana moved to Europe to join the Spanish Movistar Team. He won the overall classification in the Vuelta a Murcia. After, he took a prestigious victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné, when he sparked a counter-attack after a select group of riders including leader Bradley Wiggins reached the last escapee of the day. He held on to his solo lead in the descent leading to Morzine.[6] After winning that stage, he later ended up winning the Route du Sud that year. Quintana made his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana, where he was one of Alejandro Valverde's key climbing domestiques as the Spaniard finished second overall. Quintana finished 36th overall. In October, Quintana won the Giro dell'Emilia.

2013 season

Quintana at the 2013 Tour of Britain

In 2013, Quintana won stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, and the following month, he won the queen stage of the Tour of the Basque Country by sprinting to victory after the final climb in Eibar–Arrate, two seconds before a group of six fellow overall contenders.[7] Quintana took the overall win in the final time trial by finishing second behind Tony Martin (), gaining enough time over 's Sergio Henao to take the leader's jersey from him.[8]

At the 2013 Tour de France, Quintana attacked on the Col de Pailheres during Stage 8 and became the first man to cross the highest pass that year. He was later overtaken, on the stage's penultimate climb, by race favorite Chris Froome. Quintana nonetheless took the lead of the young rider classification and received the award for that stage's most aggressive rider.[9] On stage 15 to Mont Ventoux, Quintana again attacked early on and only the race leader Froome was able to match him, eventually dropping him in the final two kilometers of the climb after they had raced up much of it together.[10] After stage 15, Quintana was 6th overall. Stage 18 for the first time including doing the famous and iconic Alp d'Huez climb twice. Quintana's 4th place finish moved him into a 3rd place on the podium position in the overall standings for the first time, in his first TDF. In stage 20, he didn't just defend his 3rd place podium position, he attacked Froome riding away from him in the last kilometer during the novel climb to Annecy-Semnoz to win the stage over Joaquin Rodriquez and Froome and moving securely into second place overall where he finished the Tour. He also won the Young Riders Jersey and the King of the Mountains competition. Finishing second overall in the General Classification was the best result for a Colombian or Latin-American rider in the Tour the France and the first Tour debutant to finish on the podium since Jan Ullrich in 1996. After the Tour, Quintana went on to win the Vuelta a Burgos where he won stage 5 of the race after dropping Vincenzo Nibali on the final climb.

2014 season

Quintana in the Maglio Rossa at the 2014 Giro d'Italia

Because of the high mountains included in the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Quintana decided to aim for the Giro and skip the Tour de France.[11] His 2014 season started off with an early overall victory at the Tour de San Luis after winning the mountain top finish Stage 4. Quintana placed second overall behind Alberto Contador at Tirreno-Adriatico in March,[12] and finished fifth in the Volta a Catalunya after picking up an illness between the races.[13]

At the Giro, Quintana entered the race not in optimal condition mainly due to an illness he caught early in the season. Quintana's Movistar team began with 8th place in the opening team time trial in Belfast, 55 seconds down on winners Orica Greenedge, after rain during their effort.[14] On Stage 6, Quintana was caught up behind a huge crash as the peloton approached the finishing climb of Montecassino, which saw him sit 2 minutes and 8 seconds behind leader Michael Matthews. After the individual time trial on Stage 12, Quintana was 6th overall, 3 minutes and 29 seconds behind new leader Rigoberto Uran.[15] Quintana started to show strong form on stages 14 and 15, reducing the gap to 2'40". He would later reach his top form at the last week of the race.[16] On Stage 16 in he claimed the leader's maglia rosa in controversial circumstances as some of his top rivals had mistakenly thought that the descent of the Stelvio was neutralized; riding through dense fog and low visibility, Quintana joined an attack with Pierre Rolland and Ryder Hesjedal, eventually winning the stage and gaining 4'11" on Uran. On stage 19, Quintana flew up the Monte Grappa, winning the mountain time trial by 17 seconds over Fabio Aru to extend his lead over Uran to 3 minutes and 7 seconds. He maintained his lead on Monte Zoncolan on Stage 20 and the final stage into Trieste. Quintana also won the white jersey for best young rider.[17]

After the Giro, Quintana took a couple months off of racing. He returned to Europe in August aiming to win the Vuelta a Espana. Two weeks before the Vuelta, Quintana won the Vuelta a Burgos winning stage 3 and coming second in the final time trial gave him enough time over second placed Daniel Moreno. In the Vuelta, Quintana had the race lead coming in to Stage ten's ITT. However, he crashed badly after misjudging a bend and lost 4 minutes and the red jersey.[18] He crashed again at the beginning of the next stage and withdrew from the race due to a broken collarbone.[19]


1st Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 6 & 7
1st Mountains classification, Volta a Catalunya
1st Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 1
1st Overall Route du Sud
1st Stage 3
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
1st Young rider classification, Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Mountains classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 20
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 3
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
1st Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 16 & 19 (ITT)
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held after Stage 9
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Young rider classification
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
6th UCI World Tour
Grand Tour general classification results timeline:
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014
Giro 1
Tour 2
Vuelta 36 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Other major stage races

Race 2011 2012 2013 2014
Paris–Nice  –  –  –  –
Tirreno–Adriatico  –  –  – 2
Volta a Catalunya 103  – 4 5
Tour of the Basque Country  –  – 1  –
Tour de Romandie  –  –  –  –
Critérium du Dauphiné  – 38  –  –
Tour de Suisse  –  –  –  –


  1. ^ a b "Nairo Quintana". . Abarca Sports. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Yacelga Abreo, Alfredo (4 December 2010). "A Nairo Quintana el ciclismo lo marcó desde el día en que nació" [In cycling, Nairo Quintana marked it from the day he was born].  
  3. ^ Stokes, Shane (4 October 2011). "Former Tour de l’Avenir winner Nairo Quintana signs with Movistar". VeloNation (Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.: VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Jueves 31 de julio de 2014. "Home archivo - Noticias Principales de Colombia y el Mundo - Noticias". Eltiempo.Com. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Who is Nairo Quintana?". Cycling Inquisition. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  6. ^ Susan Westemeyer (9 June 2012). "Dauphine: Wiggins and Sky dominate the Joux Plane".  
  7. ^ Daniel Benson (4 April 2013). "Quintana wins in the rain on Arrate finish".  
  8. ^ "Quintana wins overall at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco".  
  9. ^ "Boom: Froome blows the race to pieces!".  
  10. ^ "Stage 15 Results – 2013 Tour de France". 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Nigel Wynn. "Alberto Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico 2014". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Joaquim Rodriguez wins Volta a Catalunya; Lieuwe Westra takes finale -". 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  14. ^ "How Nairo Quintana won his first Grand Tour". BBC Sport. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nairo Quintana wins 2014 Giro d’Italia". Cycling Weekly. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Movistar's Nairo Quintana seals overall victory as Colombians turn back the clock". Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Quintana proud to be first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia". Cycling News. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (2 September 2014). "Quintana loses Vuelta a España lead in near-catastrophic crash".  
  19. ^ "Quintana abandons Vuelta a Espana".  

External links

  • Nairo Quintana profile at Cycling Archives

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