Nairo Quintana

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Nairo Quintana
Nairo Quintana, Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2013 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 24)
Tunja, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
Boyaca es para Vivirla
Café de Colombia-Colombia es Pasión
Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Mountains classification (2013)
Young rider classification (2013)
1 individual stage (2013)

Stage races

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

One-day races and Classics

Giro dell'Emilia (2012)
Infobox last updated on
30 March 2014

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990 in Tunja[2]) is a Colombian racing cyclist, currently riding for the Movistar Team.[3][4] His biggest strength is climbing, as he has a very light physique.

Early life[edit]

Quintana comes from a very humble background and his parents raised him in what the newspaper El Espectador refers to as "precariously difficult economic conditions" but still saved up to buy Quintana a second-hand mountain bike to make the 9-mile journey to school.[5]


Early career[edit]

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)[edit]

2012 season[edit]

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[edit]

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 EibarArrate, 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 (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), gaining enough time over Team Sky'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.


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 Stage 4
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
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
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya

Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 2
red jersey Vuelta 36

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. ^ a b "Nairo Quintana". Movistar Team. Abarca Sports. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Born in Tunja but residing in Combita, in Spanish
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  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". (Bath, UK: Future plc). Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Daniel Benson (4 April 2013). "Quintana wins in the rain on Arrate finish". (Bath, UK: Future plc). Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Quintana wins overall at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco". (Bath, UK: Future plc). 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Boom: Froome blows the race to pieces!". Tour de France (Amaury Sport Organisation). 6 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stage 15 Results – 2013 Tour de France". 

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