Nairo Quintana

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Nairo Quintana
Personal information
Full nameNairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 29)
Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamTeam Movistar
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Infobox last updated on
31 May 2014

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian professional cyclist. He rides for Team Movistar.[2][3] 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[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] He didn't begin the Giro very well, but rode strongly in the final week and won the race.[7][8] As well as winning overall, Quintana won the white jersey for best young rider.[9]

Achievements[change | change source]

1st Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 6 & 7
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification, Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 1
1st Jersey orange.svg 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 Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey violet.svg Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 20
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 3
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Jersey orange.svg Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 16 & 19 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nairo Quintana". Movistar profile. 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]. El Espectador (in Spanish). Fidel Cano Correa; Comunican S.A. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  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. "Quintana wins overall at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco". Bath, UK: Future plc. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. Nigel Wynn. "Alberto Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico 2014". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  6. 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
  7. "Nairo Quintana wins 2014 Giro d'Italia". Cycling Weekly. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  8. "Movistar's Nairo Quintana seals overall victory as Colombians turn back the clock". Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  9. "Quintana proud to be first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia". Cycling News. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.