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- Quintana's next target will be the 2014 Vuelta a Espana.  More here.  (June 3, 2014)

- Colombia celebrates Quintana's first victory in a Grand Tour.  More here.  (June 2, 2014)

- Nairo Quintana is proud to be the first Colombian to win the Giro d'Italia.  More here. (May 31, 2014)

- Nairo Quintana says his performance in the 2014 Giro d'Italia is confirmation of his abilities.  More here.  (May 30, 2014)

- Quintana won the 2014 Tour de San Luis.

- Nairo Quintana, second overall in 2013, will not ride the Tour de France in 2014.  He will instead focus on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.  More here.  (January 17, 2014)

- Quintana is expected on the start line at the 2014 Tour de San Luis (January 20-26).  (January 1, 2014)

- Nairo Quintana has been named 2013 Colombian Sportsman of the Year.  Quintana had a fantastic 2013 season, most notably finishing second overall in the 100th Tour de France.  (December 3, 2013)


Nairo Quintana receives an award as 2013 Colombian Sportsman of the Year
photo Copyright © 2013 Luis Barbosa

- See also:  Alberto Contador - June 26, 2013 - On the final day of the 2012 Tour de France, 2 of 4 radio commentators on Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) predicted that Colombian Nairo Quintana of Movistar would win the 2013 Tour de France, the 100th edition of the race.  (the other two predicted Froome and Contador)  Though the detailed route for the 2013 Tour hadn't yet been revealed, it was believed, correctly, that it would be mountainous.  Thus the predictions, perhaps just partly joking or wishful thinking, that climber Quintana would win the Tour...  Quintana will be racing the Tour for the first time and the team says he is coming to the race for experience and to help teammate Alejandro Valverde reach the podium.  That's the official statement and it may indeed be the objective going into the race.  Or it may not.  And of course things can change once the race is underway.  Key riders could be eliminated from contention during the crazy first week of the race.  The reality is that Quintana is a rider that Team Sky has to be worried about.  Quintana has the ability to dynamite the race.  I first photographed him at the 2010 Tour de l'Avenir (photo inserts in image below), which he won.  He has since won the mountains classification at the Volta a Catalunya (2011), won the Vuelta a Murcia and Route du Sud overalls and a big mountain stage in the Criterium du Dauphine (2012) as well as the 2013 Tour of the Basque Country overall.  He's only 23.  Quintana is for real.  He also finished third in the 2013 Paris-Nice final stage time trial up the Col d'Eze (my main photo below), not far behind Sky's Richie Porte and Garmin's Andrew Talansky who finished second overall to Quintana at that 2010 Tour de l'Avenir.  Movistar is unlikely to win the 2013 TDF by riding conservatively.  They bring a strong team to the race with Quintana, Costa and Valverde giving them options.  Below is the first in a series of "HD Action Profiles" (click Quintana image for High Definition version) from the 2013 season.  (I've included location and altitude information as recorded by my camera and information about the team bikes.)  I plan to feature at least one rider from each ProTeam as well as riders from many of the smaller teams.  -Pete

- Nairo Quintana - HD Action Profile

 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) photographed by Pete Geyer, www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2013 Pete Geyer
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