Date of birth: 04/02/1990
Previous teams: Boyacá Es Para Vivirla (2009); Colombia Es Pasion (2010-11)
Nairo Quintana career profile
Nairo Quintana was born in Boyaca, Colombia, in February 1990 with his cycling background differing from the norm.
Quintana first rode a bike as a school boy when his father invested in a second hand mountain bike which would be used by Quintana to get to his school that was located nine miles away.
The mountainous route to school had a profound impact on the young Colombian who became fascinated with the sport, later riding competitively and paying the race fees after he had won.
Aged 19, Quintana was rewarded with his first professional contract as he raced for the government-funded Boyacá Es Para Vivirla.
His best result of his season was a tenth-placed finish on stage six of the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc
In 2010 Colombia Es Pasion came calling and Quintana signed a two-year deal, where he raced with his fellow countryman and later-to-be World Tour rider Sergio Henao.
Quintana competed in a mixture of under-23 and elite races throughout his first season with Es Pasion (now named 4-72) before he won the Tour de l’Avenir general classification.
L’Avenir is translated into “Tour of the Future” and Quintana’s victory by 1.44 portrayed his enormous talent. Two stage wins on the sixth day and the final day’s individual time trial propelled Quintana to the summit of the GC.
Quintana could not defend his title in 2011 Tour de l’Avenir, his best placing being eighth on the second stage as he finished in 21st position overall.
But he did claim the Volta a Catalunya mountains classification by five points from Alberto Contador, another indication of his climbing prowess.
Spanish team Movistar then decided to snap up the flourishing 5′ 5″ ace for the 2012 season and he got off to a successful start by winning the two-day Vuelta a Murcia GC.
He followed that up with second place at the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid and then won arguably his biggest race up until that point by winning stage 6 of the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine after an intrepid attack.
Despite a GC victory on the Route du Sud – la Dépêche du Midi, Quintana was overlooked for Movistar’s Tour de France team. He did, though, make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana and was part of the Movistar team that won the opening day’s team time trial.
Third place in the 2013 Paris-Nice TT was his first result of a year that saw the rider become a household name.
A stage win at the Volta a Cataluyna earned him a spot on the GC podium in third before he won the GC at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco thanks to a stage victory and second in the TT.
At the 2013 Tour de France Quintana was a revelation, jostling with the leading contenders on the mountain stages and forcing eventual winner Chris Froome into an occasional game of cat and mouse on the Alpine and Pyrenees slopes.
He came second behind Froome on Mont Ventoux and fourth on stage 18 which involved two ascents of Alpe d’Huez. Each time Quintana conveyed a neutral, pain-free face as he climbed up the GC.
He tucked himself into an aerodynamic stance on stage 17 of a hilly TT, crossing the line in sixth place to strengthen his chances of being on the podium.
He then made sure of second place on the GC, the polka-dot jersey and the young riders jersey after storming away from Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez on the climb into Semnoz on stage 20 to claim the stage win he coveted.
In August 2013 Movistar extended Quintana’s contract for a further two seasons.
Nairo Quintana’s results
Tour de San Luis; stage four
Tour de France: second overall
Tour de France: mountains classification
Tour de France: young riders classification
Tour de France: stage 20
Volta a Cataluyna: stage 3
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: overall
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: stage 4
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: points classification
Vuelta a Marcia: overall
Vuelta a Marcia: stage 1
Route du Sud – la Dépêche du Midi: overall
Criterium du Dauphine: stage 6
Vuelta a Espana: stage 1 (team time trial)
Giro dell’Emilia: overall
Volta a Catalunya: mountains classification
Tour de l’Avenir: overall
Tour de l’Avenir: stage 6
Tour de l’Avenir: stage 7 (TT)
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