Nairo Quintana

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Nairo Quintana
Quintana at the 2019 Paris-Nice
Personal information
Full nameNairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
  • The Lion[1]
  • El Cóndor de los Andes
  • Nairoman
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 34)
Cómbita, Boyacá, Colombia
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)[2]
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamArkéa–Samsic
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
2009Boyacá es Para Vivirla
2010–2011Café de Colombia–Colombia es Pasión
2012–2019Movistar Team[3][4]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (2013)
Young rider classification (2013, 2015)
3 individual stages (2013, 2018, 2019)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2014)
Young rider classification (2014)
3 individual stages (2014, 2017)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2016)
Combination classification (2016)
2 individual stages (2016, 2019)
2 TTT stages (2012, 2014)

Stage races

Tour of the Basque Country (2013)
Volta a Catalunya (2016)
Tour de Romandie (2016)
Tirreno–Adriatico (2015, 2017)
Vuelta a Burgos (2013, 2014)
Tour de la Provence (2020)

One-day races and Classics

Giro dell'Emilia (2012)

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian professional cyclist. He rides for Team Movistar.[6][7] He is a specialist climber. In 2014 he won the Giro d'Italia. In 2013 he won the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France.

Career[change | change source]

Quintana at the 2013 Tour of Britain

In 2012, he moved to Europe to join the Spanish Movistar Team. He won the Vuelta a Murcia and also won the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Route du Sud and the Giro dell'Emilia. At the Vuelta a Espana, he helped his teammate Alejandro Valverde finish in second place overall.

In 2013, Quintana won the Tour of the Basque Country[8] and the Vuelta a Burgos.

At the 2013 Tour de France, Quintana attacked on the mountain stages and finished second overall. He also won the Young Riders Jersey and the Polka dot jersey competition for the best climber.

2014 season[change | change source]

He won the Tour de San Luis and came second overall at Tirreno-Adriatico.[9]

Because of the high mountains included in the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Quintana decided to try to win the Giro instead of racing in the Tour de France.[10] He didn't begin the Giro very well, but rode strongly in the final week and won the race.[11][12] As well as winning overall, Quintana won the white jersey for best young rider.[13]

Achievements[change | change source]

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)
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Young rider classification
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nairo Quintana: Against all the odds". Cycling Weekly. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nairo Quintana". Movistar Team. Movistar Team. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  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. "Movistar Team launches 2019 season with highest hopes". Telefónica. Telefónica, S.A. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. Fotheringham, Alasdair; Fletcher, Patrick (2 September 2019). "Quintana confirmed for Arkéa-Samsic in 2020". Future plc. Retrieved 24 December 2019. Quintana's brother, Dayer, will also join, along with Winner Anacona, a fellow Colombian and key ally at Movistar, and Diego Rosa, who has ridden for Team Ineos for the past two years.
  6. 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]. El Espectador (in Spanish). Fidel Cano Correa; Comunican S.A. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  7. 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.
  8. "Quintana wins overall at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco". Bath, UK: Future plc. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  9. Nigel Wynn. "Alberto Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico 2014". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  10. Cary, Tom (29 January 2014). "Tour de France 2014: Boost for Chris Froome as Nairo Quintana will miss race in favour of Giro d'Italia" – via
  11. "Nairo Quintana wins 2014 Giro d'Italia". Cycling Weekly. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. "Movistar's Nairo Quintana seals overall victory as Colombians turn back the clock". Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  13. "Quintana proud to be first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia". Cycling News. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.